Sunday, 26 December 2010

Panama City

*spoiler alert: we didn’t visit the famous canal*
Since we are running quite late in keeping the posts up-to-date (and we are receiving some complains), I would summarize the trip to Panama City in the following way:
  • A 6 hour over night freezing cold bus ride from hell, without a reclining chair.
  • Beautiful Casco Viejo with colonial buildings.
  • Trip to old panama city ruins under rain.
  • Tentative trip to the canal, spoiled by traffic jams due to the love of Panamanians for their mothers. 

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone

This Christmas feels different...

For us, there is no rush for buying Christmas gifts, no stress in traffic jams etc etc..

But there is also no family gathering, no friends, neither the Christmas traditions we have been used to.

But, we are not sad! we are just missing you all, a lot!

So, this Christmas our gift is sharing with you our smiles.

Merry Christmas Everyone
God Jul
Feliz Natal
(more pictures below)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

One bull's mouth coming right up 2of2

Day three started with a bit of an indecision spell. We had decided to stay one extra day in case the sun came back to go on a boat tour around the islands, or to leave if it was still raining that day as well. So of course, the morning came up in grey, with some threatening clouds hanging over the sky. So what to do? Leave as the risk of another rainy day stuck on an island seemed very close. Or look the rain in the eye and just go out on the 9h boat ride, no matter if we would end up sitting it all out in a big downpour (well, we kind of knew that at least the boat was partly covered).

Thursday, 9 December 2010

One bull's mouth coming right up 1of2

After a bit more than 2 weeks in beautiful Costa Rica, we actually felt rather satiated with the country and ready to move on south into Panama. (yes, there is such a thing as too many spotted animals, too many days at the beach, too much time hanging around and just enjoying oneself. Well, actually there isn't. But as we are running on quite a rigid schedule, it was really about time to make the move.

And it's not like we actually left the beauty, the animals, or the great beaches behind when crossing the long metal bridge of border between the 2 countries.
(yep, this is the boarder crossing from Costa Rica to Panama)

As we headed out to Bocas del Toro (now, did anyone actually think that we ate a bull's mouth?) by boat, we quickly relaxed into the assurance that Panama has nothing to regret in comparison to it's more tourist developed neighbour.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Cahuita and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

After the amazing time at Manuel Antonio it was time to change scenery; What about going back to the Caribbean side?

The trip started once again at 6AM (we have gotten used to it), a 4 hour bus ride to San Jose followed by a stressful 10 minutes taxi ride to change bus terminals. We arrived at the terminal just in time for Helena to hold the bus, while I went inside the terminal to buy tickets. We managed to get our ride, but it was too late to get seats.

Once again we stood, this time for another 4h of  bumpy road bus ride to the town of Cahuita.
Cahuita feels like Jamaica! Although I have never been in Jamaica this is how I imagine it  to be.