The award for worst border crossing & dorm bitches

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
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Trip End Sep 21, 2012


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Friday, September 14, 2012

Ah hostels I have not missed you. For example I was woken up super early this morning by someone turning the light on. Seriously do people not learn hostel etiquette anymore?

I'm continuing the getting up early by getting up at 6 by choice. Check me out! Doubt this will last long. After another nutritional breakfast of nutella the shuttle came to pick me up for Bocas. It was railing and I was my happy, it would just be my luck that it pisses it down while I'm on an island.

We got to the border and had to get stamped out of Costa Rica. A man came round the side and was going to cut in front of me. I don't think so buddy. I managed to get to the front before he sidled in. Victory! Was so proud. To cross a super dodgy bridge to the Panama side. By dodgy I mean tons of gaps and holes and oh yeah they also had one of those Cat building/demolishing trucks on there. No one could get past it, it took up the whole bridge and it was literally tearing bits of the bridge off while we were on it. Mentalists.

I began to regret my wish for sun as when we hit the Panama side it came out absolutely boiling and we were in a massive queue. Oh the queue, it had no shelter and we were in it for 2 and a half hours. They had one booth open for people and of course the locals kept queue jumping. I hate that!!! I usually hate that anyway as being British queuing correctly is in my blood, plus it's just plain rude. At one point we didn't move for half an hour, because of a queue jumper and I instead had to listen to one of the tourists who was on my trip who kept suing utterly stupid stuff like; (on a boy not in school) why isn't he at school, if he was in my country I'd slap him round the head, and, there is no order to this place. No shit buddy you're in central america. I at least got to see some funny stuff, like the idiot and also some guy who was clearly in a truck too big for him as he managed to run over a sign, twice and almost ran into the foreign idiot. Good times. So congrats Panama you win the award for worst border crossing in Central America. Well done you.

Finally I was in Panama and boarding a bus to Bocas. At first I was the only tourist on board with loads of local guys and I was like, hmm, this doesn't seem dodgy! Luckily it was fun and the guy driving it helpfully told me there was a festival in Bocas this weekend and I might not be able to find somewhere to stay, eeeh. Luckily I rang somewhere and they reserved
me a place. Didn't want to be staying somewhere ridiculously expensive.

After a boat ride I arrived in Bocas and found the hostel. Apparently the girls in my room had been using the bed
so they changed it for me again. This was going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between me and my
roommates, or not. I had to get some cash out as I literally had $5. Unfortunately it was one of those stupid
machines were you have to put your card in and then take it out. They're stupid because they don't tell you when
to take the card out, you just have to guess!!! This meant that after I had left it the short time it usually takes and
took my card out it told me it couldn't read any of my cards, bugger. Luckily I decided to try it again and left it in for
ages and that thankfully worked. Bloody retarded machines. On the way back o the hostel I ran into Riley! We split
off from the group a month ago and randomly ran into each other, pretty awesome.

I was desperate to get some sun so headed over to a place called Aqua lounge opposite town. It's a pretty cool
place on the water, the people there were friendly too. I got a girl who worked there to make me an anklet, it looks
awesome. Got shells and everything! I also ran into the Swedish girls who I'd me on the birder (I knew they were
Swedish!) we're going to go out for dinner later so that's nice.

Ah my dorm mates. So sweet, so charming, so friendly! I got back to the room to find two of the three girl in my room (the other one actually doesn't seem to bad) sprawled across my bed with tons of their shit across it. Now they knew someone was staying there because my pjs were on it but they still chose to fully sit on it, not even perch, they were in my bed. All the did was say sorry grumpily and get off. Then I went to shower, came back and the English girl was using my bed as a laptop table. She didn't web move when I came in but just stayed there! Not only was there plenty of other options in our room alone but there are also tables 5 metres outside of our room. And she didn't even ask! At the time she was buying a 300 coat that she had to have despite the fact she was going back to England for 6 months. Yes she was that kind of person. More on this later.

Went out for dinner, a little sunburnt thanks to the super quick border crossing, with re Swedish girls, Riley and a Spanish guy who's staying at the same place as the Swedish girls. We went to a little local place called La Columbia. It was freaking amazing. I had grilled chicken, awesome coconut rice and salad for $6 and it was so damn good. They also bought out vinegar for peoples chips!!! Best place ever! I did however manage to get mayonnaise everywhere a it wouldn't come out and then just exploded all over me. One downside. I can cope!

I went back to the hostel after as I was knackered and needed sleep. Unfortunately instead of using the awesome chilling facilities here the dreaded dorm mates had decided to use our room to fit 6 guys into. It'd small. Anyway, I decided to do some computer stuff and when they were still in their at 10pm I did some blog stuff to try and be nice and not move them. When i'd finished at nearly 11pm they were still there. I got ready for bed and they still hadn't moved so I politely asked them if they wouldn't mind moving to the tables outside because I really had to sleep. They were totally rude about it and stroppily replied with, "fine". They didn't even smile at me when I smiled at them or say goodnight. Fucking rude bitches.
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