Christmas Eve in Bocas del Toro
Trip Start Oct 11, 2010
14Trip End Mar 09, 2011
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Rather than a galleon, we took the overnight bus from Panama city. Being silly season, all the direct buses were full, so we had to change at David at 5 in the morning. Through bleary eyes, I swear I saw a dog being chained to the roof of a overfull bus. They don’t treat their pets like we do back home.
We stayed at a Panamanian owned hotel called Tierra Verde. Set back slightly from the water, it had a great veranda to kick back on. It was here that we met a lovely Canadian couple, called Benoit and Chantelle. We got on really well and ended up hanging out on Christmas Eve with them (and NYE - but that’s another story).
After treating ourselves to a whopping great seafood platter, we headed over to Toro Loco for the traditional Panamanian countdown to Christmas Day - lots of rum and fireworks at midnight. Well who are we to argue with tradition? On the way, knowing that the shops would be shut for Christmas Day, I remembered to buy a bottle of rum to stash for the day after.
Needless to say that bottle of rum never made it to Christmas Day. I think it was the 2nd mildly overpriced round that sealed its fate. Memories of the evening include: firebreathing bar girls; free sambuca for Caroline “shots” Rodgers; watching fireworks whilst being hugged by lots of very tanned and merry people; and showing the locals what 6 lessons at University can do for your salsa dancing (i.e. not much).