Panama in Summary

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Panama in Summary

What we did: A bit over a month of overland travel from Colon (where the ship let us off), traveling north. This was our first stop in a country where we had virtually no plans whatsoever prior to arriving. As we learned, this really opened us up to any opportunity that arose, and it ended [...]

A sailor & a shot of rum

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A sailor & a shot of rum

A Sailor. A Bar. It’s time for stories. “I got kicked out of Honduras because they thought I was CIA!”. Having no immediate response to this, I bit the inside of my cheek and blankly stared at him. I squinted my eyes as if I was taking this information in as factual. He looked at [...]

Updates from Red Frog Beach

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Updates from Red Frog Beach

It’s been two weeks and I am sick of sand getting in our tent. That musty smell of your clothes when they reside in a high humidity environment for far too long. My ankles are covered in sand fly bites- the bugs here are relentless. I’ve discovered that I no longer have a fear of [...]

The Real Fight Club

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The Real Fight Club

Another belated entry from our time in the mountains.. Internet access doesn’t work often out here on the island… Sweat, blood, broken bottles, skin charred with the remnants of gravel and asphalt… On any given weekend there is a roughly organized cluster of working men fighting out the previous week’s aggressions. In this case, down [...]

Boquette

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Boquette

Sometimes a brief trip through an unexpected place brings along with it some writer’s block. Our two and half day stop in Boquette was one of those stops. Originally planning to stop in David for one night on our way to Bocas del Toro, we ended up catching a ride with some friends and happily [...]

Sand & Sea: Life on a quiet beach

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Sand & Sea: Life on a quiet beach

The sea. The sand. The surf. A tiny resort with a solar system and a few rainwater pumps. A camping tent, a swarm of lightning bugs, and a choir of tropical animals that lull the non-nocturnal to sleep each evening. A daily bout of sun, and a daily rush of tropical rain. A setting where [...]

Thanksgiving on Isla Bastimentos

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Thanksgiving on Isla Bastimentos

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! We’re happy to report that we’ve found some temporary work here in Bocas del Toro. Our next few weeks may bring fewer posts, but we’ll try and keep everyone updated as much as possible. We are staying on the beautiful island of Bastimentos, on a quiet beach hidden in the dense rainforest. [...]

A morning in Old Town

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A morning in Old Town

Things started to come together for us on the exact same morning we decided to leave Panama City. The rain cleared and sun came out, the roadside vegetable stands suddenly had avocados stacked in huge piles (we’d been looking for them for a week), and the crowd in the hostel was clearing out. We had [...]