This photo is of our day's work (9 hours of shopping). The first truck load to be boxed and shipped (via another larger covered truck) to Bocas Town. Unfortunately we found out today, that this load will arrive before us... the truck left this afternoon. We called Toby (a Texas born X-Pat who helps cruisers out with this sort of thing) to remind her that she forgot to pick-up the stuff stashed at our hotel. Stuff we brought from Canada and stuff we purchased at another grocery... No worries. the next truck load will be shipped next Tuesday.
the Multi-National Cafe, right next door... cheap and muey bueno!
The next day was supposed to be a rest day but we ended up at a fabric store a short walk from the hotel where Marg impressed the owner with her knowledge of fabric and we purchased the Sunbrella canvas for our sun awnings. In the Caribbean it is wise to have a large sun block over the whole boat or you roast. After lunch we took the long walk up to a major shopping area. I prefer to walk if we can just to get a look at the city, unfortunately David has very little to recommend it for. It seems to be a dirty dilapidated place. But it does have the shops that we need and between the two large Home Depot style hardware stores we were able to tick off all our items on the hardware list. So with a full taxi and Spanish lessons from the friendly driver we arrived back at the hotel after a successful day.
Panama City to DavidSteve
Our flight arrived in Panama City late Sunday night and we arrived at the hotel well after midnight, although we were tired we couldn't get to sleep until three am. After the complimentary breakfast at the hotel we walked a couple of blocks in the rain and decided to that it would be a waste of a day in Panama City and that we could rest in David. We took a taxi to the bus station and we were just in time for the 10am bus. It turned out to be the premium bus so it was a little more expensive at $15.25 each for the 8 hour trip. It was a beautiful, new double-decker highway bus and we were assigned seats in the top cabin. Since no one was sitting in the front, we soon moved there and sat over the driver with a panoramic view of Panama as it went by. We had a lunch break about half way at a bus stop which served cafeteria style food at very reasonable cost. The food was surprisingly good. We arrived in David about 5:30 which was nice because it was sill light out and grabbed one of the many taxi's at the station to the Hotel Castilla and after a good meal at the restaurant next door and a trip to the super market down the street for necessities (beer) we called it a night.
Hakuna Matata... We're good to go back to Bocas Del Toro, Panama!
Phase II - FallSeptember/21/2011
More photos in the gallery of our visit to Canada. Yes, we are still here and the fall weather is creeping in.
Martini's on DeckSeptember/20/2011
Charlie's the one in the white sunglassesSteve
Our favourite new download..sailing not anchoring! Go Team China!
Photo Gallery Update - Canada 2011August/29/2011
We've almost forgotten how hot and humid the climate we left behind in Bocas, even though upon our arrival it was a good 40 deg C.. but that was back in July. It is now the end of August and a little chillier ~25 deg C. My body and skin loves this climate.. Steve not so much. He misses the heat. However, one bonus is that we have been able to snuggle up together in the same bed (even on a twin mattress).
Way too fast a visit..
When in the Bahamas, Lori gave us the hats that say S.C.U.M.
It was wonderful to see their photos of the cruise around the Baltic Sea... WOW!
Erin Heights Golf ClubAugust/26/2011
It wouldn't be complete if we didn't pass through the little town of Erin... a big thanks to Dana for the free golf day!
Not like camping!August/20/2011
Okay, I have to admit. Sailing around the Caribbean is not like camping in the rain! And it sucked big time that we had such bad weather, but we enjoyed the time spent with Mike and Heather's family.
Two Years ago we met the crew on Blue BlazesAugust/18/2011
It was not even planned, but we were all eating dinner when we realized that it was exactly 2 years ago when we first met in Tobermory. Lion's Paw and Blue Blazes reunited!
A really fun evening at the Swiss Country House Restaurant .. all you can eat Pickerel .. also know as Walleye! Steve was the best at saying "Walleye"..LOL
Lake Tasso, OntarioAugust/11/2011
Daniel checking out my new waterproof camera. We have clear, clean, drinkable, fresh water here!
Fox Lake, HuntsvilleAugust/9/2011
The cabin, french fries and Nancy's Birthday! More photo's in the Photo Gallery.
Re-visiting the PastAugust/7/2011
Photo taken back in 1983
Sailing in the waters of Panama for a while!