first week travelling panama
After the overnight 10 hour buys to
The first time we came to the carnival it was a pretty secure deal. They had police on the door doing searched and checking id, although they didn’t check ours. Anyway I took my old passport with the corner snipped off as a form of identification when we went back i8n the afternoon. Even though none of the others had a passport they all got through without any problems while I actually got detained. Because I didn’t have the entry stamp into the country they thought I may have been an illegal immigrant. so in the end I had to wait in their care for about 2 hours on the side of the street waiting for the others to fetch my actual passport. by the time we actually got in only had about 30 mins before we had to go back.
That night we returned with wrighty and had to face a mammoth queue to get in. After 1 and a half ho0urs waiting we finally got in and were just in time to see the procession. There were numerous floats and people dancing on them etc. after a while we wandered over to a stage hearing the song te amo by Makano, a Panamanian rapper we like. it turns out it was actually him, so we stayed and listened to his set which has really good fun, mainly for me and Sherwin because we knew his songs, but i guess the others found it fun y to laugh at our enthusiasm. After finding another music place we danced for a bit, eventually leaving around
The next day, our last in
That night we took the night bus to David, panama’s second city. After arriving at
Today we rented 3 mopeds and explored the area around Boquete. There was great scenery although at first I was more concerned about mastering the moped as I had never driven anything with an engine before, unlike all the others. Eventually the day passed with only 2 major incidents. After staying at a waterfall for lunch we were going along, me on the bike by myself and I was slowing down and so Wrighty and Sherwin on another bike, passed. As they did this I was totally not paying any attention to driving and a few metres later I just veered off the road onto the grass bank and crashed. Luckily I was unhurt and the bike not damaged but it was slightly embarrassing, first crash of the day. Around an hour later after going up the wrong path we had to run back and Sherwin’s and my bike wasn’t working very well. We were stopped at it wouldn’t start even though revving it too the full. However suddenly it came to life and bolted down the road, Sherwin held on for a bit but they both crashed to the floor. Sherwin cutting his knee quite badly, and the bikes mirror broke and the side scraped. After cleaning up we continued for a while, memorably hitting 90km and hour on a long downhill straight.
Other than that not much else to report. The damage only cost 4 dollars each so we were very pleased about that. Tonight we are trying to walk up a volcano. So keep checking for the next journal, it should be a good one!