...was the title of a book I had as a kid.
And so far, I think its true - Panama really is great. Its relaxed, cheap, and beautiful - so many different flowers and birds, even here in David City.
On the 17th, the day after we arrived, we decided to do nothing at all. It was really nice, as we were tired from travelling. So we hung out here in the purple palace and read books, watched TV, used the internet. Then we went to the Super 99 and bought supplies - food, drinks etc. We had a 2 dollar dinner at a chinese restaurant called Jenny (?). Decent food, real cheap. Alan ended up going out at night, to the local casino (!), and before he realised how much time had passed, it was 4.30 in the morning - Casinoes do that to you
So, on the 18th Alan slept all day (no surprise there). I read another book - one crime novel a day seems to be my quota on days like this, when there is little else to do. Anyway, I enjoyed it. In the afternoon, when Alan got up, we took a taxi to Barqueta beach, because the owner of the hostel had told us there was going to be a release of baby turtles there. The place was nice, a beautiful, long, Pacific beach, with huge waves off shore, black volcanic sand, and pelicans flying over head.
We thourougly enjoyed watching the little turtles struggle across the black sand on their way into the ocean. They are so tiny, that its hard to believe they will grow into actual turtles (and I guess most of them probably won't make it that far).
Oh, and I managed to snag a quick photo of Alan - they are few and far between as he is always the one holding the camera, but I am trying to get some more shots of him from this trip, so here is one:
Anyway, it was a nice day out, and at the end we caught a lift back to town on the back of a pick up truck.
On the 19th, we once again had a day of laziness, just hanging around. We went for a walk in the neighbourhood, then watched a movie and cooked some food.
On the 20th, we decided we needed to get away from the hostel, and so went to Boquete for the day. Boquete is a mountain town about and hour's busride from David (on the chicken bus, aka retired American school bus)
The mountains around Boquete are beautiful, covered in forest and hidden half the time by mist and clouds, and the climate there is a lot cooler than in David. But still, Boquete did not quite live up to all the hype there seems to be about it in various guides to Panama. The town itself has little to offer, and is in fact quite devoid of charm. Although we did see a few of the local women in traditional dress (but we have seen that in David as well).
We walked around the town, and had a look at the river. There are lots of beautiful gardens as well, with amazing fruits, plants and flowers.
We had lunch in Boquete, and in the afternoon we took the bus back to David.
On the 21st we slept really late (nice). Had a late breakfast. Then we went and dropped off our laundry, and did some more food shopping. In the evening Alan cooked a lovely Thai curry. He is starting to get restless, as the Malpelo trip is getting so close - we are both really excited about it...