LASA Tour 2009-10
Fri 31 Jul 2009 - Fri 7 Aug 2009 27 °C
Friday 31 July 2009
Another long day of travel that started at 07:00 in San Gerardo and finished exactly 24 hours later in Panama City. I didn't do too much exciting stuff during my stay in Panama so I will bore you with the details.
After arriving in San Isidro I was told the bus that goes direct to Panama was full but there was one to the border in 4 hours. I got this bus which took you close to the border then got another bus that did actually take you to the border, why do I keep believing people when they tell me "yeah this bus will take you there"? Eventually get into Panama and get a bus to a town called David. It's now 21:00. Here I am told there are no direct buses to Las Tablas, which is where I wanted to go, but the bus to Panama City will drop me off in Santiago (not the one in Chile!) and from there I can get a bus to Las Tablas, yes I belived them what a muppet I am. I arrive in Santiago at midnight and am told there is no buses to Las Tablas but at 5:00 there is a bus that goes to somewhere I have never heard of and from here I might be able to get a bus to Las Tablas, at last someone was honest and said "might". I decide to give up and just head to Panama City.
Saturday 1 August 2009
I decided to just take it easy for a few days after the 40km trek in Costa Rica. A German girl called Edna cooked me dinner in the hostal - I love all these woman doing my cooking in hostels, I might forget about hotels for the rest of the trip. We went to the cinema and some how I managed to walk there and back without looking to much like Forest Gump in braces, I am now glad I came straight here instead of attempting anymore trekking.
Wednesday 5 August 2009
I visited the Panama Canal. It was quite boring at first as you wait for the ships to arrive. On the discovery channel it looks great as they have it in speeded mode and the ships are always the really huge ones. It was still worth the visit and the museum is interesting as well.
Thursday 6 August 2009
Deportivo Arabe Unido from Colon were playing Olimpia from Honduras. This was a CONCACAF champions league qualifer. I headed to Colon on bus and 5 minutes before arrival I read in the newspaper that the match was being held in Chorrea, this is the other side of Panama City and I had just spent 2 hours on the bus going the wrong way. (Note to self - check venues first thing in the morning of matches!)
I got the bus back and as I didn't have much time until kick off I thought I'd asked a taxi how much it was, I was expecting $50 but he said $15. The driver reckoned he could get me there in time for kick off. We got there 10 minutes too late but the kick off was delayed so all worked out in the end. I wish I had taken my camera because at the end of the match after Deportivo had won all 200 of their fans in the ground seemed to have a red flare to set off. The sight was amazing.
Panama City itself reminds me of Hawaii with all the tall buildings but without the beaches.
Anyway that's it for Central America, the time has gone qucik and now I need a holiday so am off to South America. I hope you continue to read my blogs.