5 Swiss, 2 Americans and a Canadian-Bocas Del Toro, Panama
(Written in 2011)
A little while back during my travels, I had to make a stop in Panama to update my visa. Can't stay in Costa Rica longer than 90 days without leaving the country for 72 hours. A frequent trip for my friends from CR and I was to head over to Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
After crossing the boarder I remember waiting for what seemed to be forever for more people to show up. Then of course, these boys started walking down the stairs. 5 guys from Switzerland, 2 Americans and myself heading to Bocas. I remember saying something along the lines of... "Well this is a pretty lucky day for me boys", just as they were entering the van. I always know how to make a situation awkward, that's for sure.
We all had an instant connection and decided to stick together for the time we had there. What an amazing weekend! That will stay with me forever! It was such a great group, always laughing, figuring out what adventure we could go on, jumping from island to island trying to catch some waves surfing, intense sand wars, rather interesting snorkelling experiences. Partying in Aqua Lounge at night time and always including as well as looking out for each other. It really felt like a big family, my brothers!!
Hopefully we'll cross pathes one day in the future for round 2. Thank you guys for such a wondeful weekend again.
Travel Journal - July 1 2011
Yesterday I left at 12:30pm for Panama. Took a bus to Sixaola, then walked across the border, took a cab to the water taxi and the water taxi to Bocas del Toro. It's beautiful here. The people look a lot different from Tico’s.
I met 5 Swedes and 2 americans! Jonas, Philipp, Ben , Dominique, Marco, Marlon and Nick. We immediately connected and have stated together since our arrival. They all went out tonight and I wanted to take it easy. I like to catch up and write a little. It's so hot in here, I can barely breathe. It's unbelievable. We're on an island, so most of the restaurants and hostels are on stilts on the ocean; it's crazy. Last night we went to Aqualounge, it's a bar in the middle of the sea, so cool. We were all pretty drunk by the end of the night.
Last night we were out dancing until 4:00 AM, in bed by 5 AM and woke up at noon. We went to Red Frog Island where we swam, played volleyball, laughed, took funny pictures, kicked the soccer ball around, listened to music, snorkeled and surfed. We also managed to have the most amazing sand fight you could ever have imagined. When we came back, I had a nap and woke up to pomodoro and bolognese penne that the boys made! It was like a family meal. We all seemed to click well. They are good people. Great guys, aware and so caring. Marlon, who is actually deaf, was sick and drunk last night some of the boys took him back in a water taxi to make sure he got home safely and tucked him in. Then they came back to Aqualounge to meet the rest of us. We went to an after hours dance-party on the main island. Then we took a long walk home because we were all moving so slowly. I've eaten really badly here, it's hard to find good food. I love having a kitchen.
Tomorrow we're all doing a day of surfing so we'll see how that goes. I can't wait! First 24 hours is finished only 48 to go. I'm in a hostel room with five other Irish rugby players who are so crazy, ha ha. Last night I picked one up off the floor, and helped him open his door and into his bed. One of them said to me last night "what size are you?" I thought to myself, what a strange question… and responded by saying I didn't know anymore, maybe a 2. I asked him why, he said ..”well it's just that you’re perfect”. These drunken guys I can't believe what comes out of their mouths sometimes. What a nice thing for him to say though. I was flattered. I just laughed. My hand hurts I'm going to bed. Buenas noches.