With New Year fast approaching I've realised that its been almost 3 weeks since the last blog post. How very slack of me. But I blame my British friends and litre bottles of rum that cost only £2 - a lethal combination and one that seriously dents productivity!
Well, Happy Christmas everyone! As I sit here on Margarita island, just off the coast of Venezuela, our time in Panama seems an age ago. Still, its next on the list of blogs to catch up on so I'll do my best to remember what went down!
Arriving on a bus into Panama city late one evening we found ourselves in a huge shiny mall that would rival anything the US has to offer. It had every shop you could think of plus a huge food court full of all sorts of unhealthy dishes. Another out of place bubble, this surely wasn't representative of the 'real' Panama city. And we were right. Panama city is a real contrasting mix of wealth and poverty.
After leaving the mall we realised that we had properly caught up with the backpacker trail. The place to stay was in an area called Casco Viejo and more specifically, a hostel called Luna's Castle. Unfortunately the hostel was full and all they could offer was a place on the waiting list, forcing us to stay in a nearby hotel which was neither cheap or pleasant. In fact, it was pretty bleak (as you can see from the photo) but it had air conditioning which is a real plus in a very humid Panama city.
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