Panama. A place where it rains. A lot! So what can one do but embrace it? Dancing in the warm rain is kinda fun!!

What can you do but get amongst it!

What can you do but get amongst it!

Making my way south from Costa Rica, the first port of call was Bocas del Toro, a gorgeous archepelago in the north, which responds exactly to the vision of “tropical carribean island” in my mind… Rainforest which melts into beautiful white beaches, and crystal clear waters.

Lily at Playa Drago

Lily at Playa Drago

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A highlight was lunch at Playa Estrella (starfish beach) when our fresh crayfish was literally pulled out of the water in front of us!

Fresh seafood for lunch

Fresh seafood for lunch

Playa Estrella - starfish beach

Playa Estrella – starfish beach

We had a great crew at the hostel Heike – and after spending a couple of days there together, mostly chilling out and cooking shared dinners, a few of us decided to check into an airBnB to have our own little space!

Tacos... of course!

Family dinner night – tacos… of course!

After spending the day out snorkelling and visiting Playa Zapatilla, the crew came back for yet another family dinner night – of course we made tacos 🙂

Beautiful Playa Zapatilla

Beautiful Playa Zapatilla

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The Heike crew

The Heike crew

Packing up our backpacks, we took a water taxi across to Isla Bastimentos where we planned to stay the night at the Eco tent lodge right on the beach – but unfortunately for us they were full 🙁 Red frog beach was lovely though, and we spent the day there before returning to Heike.

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Taking the Overnight bus to Panama was an experience – they aren’t kidding when they tell you to dress warm – the ambient air temperature was a bone chilling 17C. Hard to fall asleep when you can’t feel your face, so I arrived in Panama city tired and weary at 7am after a 12 hour journey.

Luna's Castle

Luna’s Castle

The Luna’s castle hostel is a converted old mansion in the centre of Casco Viejo, a very pretty historical centre in Panama City. They have an awesome area upstairs where you can hang out in a hammock and watch the (daily) lightning and thunderstorm outside. Downstairs in the Relic bar, happy hour beers will set you back 50c, or an outrageous $1 for house spirits. Needless to say we took advantage.

We also starred in a video for the hostel – which involved a (slightly staged) pancake fight!

The camera crew!

The camera crew!

Panama is a really modern city and it was a great feeling to be back in a place where you could get anything you wanted (though, that also makes everything more expensive!) While it was raining outside we took the opportunity to see a movie – Xmen – which was awesome!

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Cruising around town on a bicycle

Watching a ship come through the Miraflores lock - Panama Canal

Watching a ship come through the Miraflores lock – Panama Canal

A tough decision lay ahead of me – whether to make the five day sail across to Colombia via the beautiful San Blas islands, or fly which is the much cheaper option, although that way you miss out on seeing the gorgeous untouched islands. I made the tough decision to fly, all things considered it gave me three weeks in Colombia rather than only two – but I bet I’ll be jealous of everyone else’s amazing photos!