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Boquete

sunny 28 °C

On Thursday morning I got the 8 am bus that would take me to boquete, it lasted a hellish 9 hours! But it was ok because I met a nice american couple named Sydney and Shane who were obsessed with the vicar of dibley.

We arrived in the early evening, the town is very pretty, in the mountains and thankfully a bit cooler. We went for a meal that consisted of a variety of suspect meat, one which may have been cow tongue. I met some nice dutch people and we went on a fun night out to a bar that was lit with red lights and had a little band playing. I got into a bet with a spanish man named Juan over the football which I didnt really understand. It turned out that I was expected to drink 15 pints of balboa.

This morning I went with Shane and Sydney for muffins from and American man. He told me he could show me a picture of what i will look like when I am 60. Then we went to a garden named mi jardin es su jardin. It was nice but there were too many flowers for my liking. My favourite thing was a statue of a bull made of barbed wire.

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The Panama Canal

mega hot dog

sunny 31 °C

Last night we relaxed in the common room of the hostel, spending about two hours dreadlocking a boy's hair in return for beer. It was very therapeutic slowley ruining someone elses hair. We got persuaded into going to the casino by three american lads, it was perfect, they gambled away all of their money and we got free drinks all night! We then headed to a bar and badly danced salsa and got bought more drinks.

Lorna and I went back to the hostel and cuddled up in the bunk bed for our last night together.

This morning I had a wander around the pretty part of town with tzlil and dave in the extreme heat. At one point we were so happy as we thought it had started raining! but in fact somone was washing the church bell and we were getting dripped on.

We caught a taxi to the panama canal and were so relieved to be in the freezing museum. We learnt about boats and tropical insects! We saw a boat going through the canal whilst enjoying THE GREATEST HOT DOG IN THE WORLD. it was covered in an unreal amount of cabbage and gerkhin which equaled pure perfection.

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Poisoned by frogs

entirely red like frogs

sunny 50 °C

We arrived at our accommodation a house 5 metres away from an airfield with a tempramental water pump and a thin layer of sand covering everything in the house.

sweaty and grumpy from the boat ride, we were greeted by the "perfect couple" blonde beautiful german law student and her muscley funny partner, who were sickeningly nice and to top it off stylishly dressed.

That afternoon we explored the island of colon, which despite the name is quite pretty. for dinner we had our staple of red pasta, yum. that night we headed to all the bars that provided free drinks clutching our flyers and then took a boat to a night club on an adjacent island, here it was free drinks for girls until midnight which Katie in true british style took full advantage of. We met some old aquantences from the hardened travellers circuit.

The next day we took a half hour boat ride to red frog beach in search of the elusive frog, after 5 hours of searching the paradise beach and jungle as we were about to leave a local ran past with a frog in his hand which he promptly threw at lorna. after cradling the tiny red frog with black spots some one said 'arent they the ones they use for the poisoned arrows?" lorna spent ther next few hours convinced her face and hands were going numb as katie laughed and said you better enjoy your last few hours then.

when we returned to the sandy house and pealed off our dank clothes we realised we had burnt a good 90% of our bodies, and we felt like true brits abroad. we spent the rest of the evening wincing when ever we changed position, to cheer ourselves up we decided to go out for a chinese. after we interpreted the spanish chinese menu it turned out we had ordered what was basically a huge plate of partly cooked shreaded cabbage. feeling full if not satisfied we went to yet another bar with free drinks got a shot to numb the pain and headed back for an uncomfortable nights sleep to the sounds of airplanes and rowing neighbours.

the next day we headed to another island paradise, where the sea was like a bath, to soothe our burnt bodies. after we did some shopping, lorna carefully selected and bartered over her purchase and on the walk home promptly threw it into someones wheely bin thinking it was rubbish. about a hour later while watching jaws in spanish realisation dawned and lorna sprinted down the street and after shooing away a scavenging vulture had to dig through the contents of the bin, much to the amusement of the watching locals.
that evening we took the night bus to panama city, for which we had arrived 2 hours early just to make sure. while waiting we played cards to the cat calls of the local boys. the night bus was a bumpy ride as many of the roads had been taken out by a recent flood. at about 2 in the morning we were roughly awaken by 'migration' officals demanding to see our passports, final we arrived in panama city at 4 am. we took a cab to the hostel and the doorman let us sleep on the sofas, katie for some reason choosing a tiny hamock, until the main hostel opened at 8am.

today we have wandered around the scorching and beautiful spanish architecture of the city, and tried on many strange garments in the local stores most of which we bought. On a whim we paid one dollar for a pedicure for lorna and a manicure for katie as she wasnt allowed her toes done. The results are interesting to say the least. we went to a local market and lorna spent the last of her money on presents so is eating bananas for lunch and dinner today.

unfortunately lorna is heading home tomorrow so katie is carrying on the adventure!

To be continued...

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To weak to surf

overcast 29 °C

After our nature walk in cahuita we had a nice shower and a lie down. We were looking forward to cooking in the excelent kitchen that the hostel provided, but we arrived to find that it consisted of a gas hob, two plastic plates and a huge knife. So instead we had our "chicken pate" which was like grey cream, on bread.

We headed to a cocktail bar and then to watch a reggae band which were very good. We danced around with our old hostel friends and some dogs and californians.

The next day was the hottest day in history. We decided to go surfing so we rented out a board. We tried to walk with it into the sea but the waves were so strong we kept falling over and the board kept hitting us. Unable to actually get into the water, we dragged our board back onto the beach and traded it in for a boogie board instead.

Today we made the journey to Panama. At the border you had to walk on bridge that used to be a train track, over a river.There was a plank of wood that bridged all of the gaps to walk on. Katie totally freaked out and walked extremely slowley. When a women with a pram walked past her, she grabbed onto the handle of the pram out of fear, without saying a word.

We got the boat over to Bocas del Toro and now we are having an explore!

love you xxx

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We saw a sloth

and some monkeys

sunny 28 °C

Last night there was a storm so we stayed at the hostel and met an interesting boy who was hitchiking around the globe for four years. We went to bed fairly early in our gloriously comfy hammocks under the corrugated iron roof.

This morning we decided to change hostels so that we could cook in a nice kitchen. Nadav, Sam and Yves accompanied us and we went on the catch the bus to Cahuita. We had a lovely long walk through the national park along the coast. WE SAW A SLOTH AND IT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF OUR LIVES. After anout 2 hours of walking we were starting to get desperate for food, but there was still 5km to go. We stopped for a rest and us girls went for a crawl around in the beautiful clear warm sea as it was too shallow for swimming. Later we saw lots of cute white faced monkeys. As we neared the end of the trail we screamed with joy as there was a restaurant in sight!

We had a chicken meal and then caught the bus back to peurto viejo.

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