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Jul 26, 2011 - Boquete

Boquete is a town located in a mountain valley with a beautiful river running through it. This town has been listed as one of the best places in the world to retire because of it's low cost of living, outdoor beauty, and great weather. I had the opportunity to try horseback riding for the first time and it was amazing. My horse was pretty big and certainly had a bit more spirit than the other horses in the group. At first I must admit it was a bit intimidating getting on this large animal but I soon got the hang of riding and had no trouble...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Bocas del Toro

We ended up leaving Costa Rica and took a bus trip into Panama and our first stop was to Bocas del Toro. Bocas del Toro is a small town with a Caribbean style feel. The first full day we were there, we had all signed up for snorkelling and even though it was raining a bit in the morning, it ended up being a wonderful day. The water and coral here was amazing and the sailing boat that our group took was great. The water was warm regardless of the cloudy day and the coral was very interesting. I was generally one of the first to jump into the...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Volunteer time

This past week we spent in two different locations working with leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. Our accomodations were very much on the rustic side - no running water and no electricity. We did night patrols to monitor the turtle activity which was more difficult than we had ex pected, walking the beach at night with no light. It felt like we were never dry the entire week! But T an and Alec were rewarded b y seeing a mama turtle making her nest and laying the eggs and then also seeing some new hatchlings make their way out of the...

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Jul 10, 2010 - Scuba Certified!

After 3 full days of training and testing, the whole family is now officially PADI open water scuba dive certified! It was challenging but we all did it - some easier than others. Tan had a bit of a problem with the swimming requirements and I freaked out a little taking the regulator out underwater but we all managed to get through it. Alec scored a 96% on the final exam and wa s definitely the best out of all of us both written and in the water. They gave us 2 free dives the next day which were really fun (no testing, so that made it fun...

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May 6, 2010 - Bocas del Torres

Woken up at 5am by howler monkeys that sound like chubacca being harpooned, and other very loud jungle noises - is crazy and cool. Minibus pick up at 6am - drove to border - very low key easy border crossing (walk accross bridge) then another mini bus to port Almirante - quick breakfast (apple,pear and coffee for matt, katie was more desperate so took the ham out the ham sandwich she was offered). Boat to dolphin bay to see... dolphins! Then onto to Coral Cuay for snorkelling to see most amazing rainbow coloured coral and tropical fish....

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Sabbatical No 2

Apr 25, 2010 - Bocas del Toro, Panama - Pics Need Captions

Sunday Got wrong info from Charlie of Cabinas day before...he said buses leave every hr beginning at 7:30 am, so we take taxi to bus stop only to find out bus for Sixaola leaves at 8:30! (one at 7:30 goes to SP). A wait in the covered bus stop place - it's raining - and promptly at 8:30 bus pulled up, we got on, and some 15 min. later it stops. Engine trouble...tho we hear nothing wrong that might indicate trouble...oh well, we wait for the 9:30 bus to come by, which it does, we pile on and off we go. A bit worried since the LP says the...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Bocas del Toro beach and sloth

Hi Everyone, Wow how time flies. I hadn´t realised it was so long since I last wrote. We have travelled through the whole of Costa Rica since leaving Granada. It really is a beautiful country with volcanic mountains rising high almost as soon as you leave the coast. Still I´m jumping ahead. The most fascinating thing we did in Nicaragua as far as I´m concerned was to stay with a farming family for a night on Omotepe, an island in the vast Lake Nicaragua. They do not own a motor vehicle so we were introduced to horse and home made cart...

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Feb 24, 2010 - Bocas del Toro

I arrived in Bocas del Toro Sunday afternoon. By luck, I was offered a ride by Colette and Kenneth (see previous entry) who had also decided to spend a few days in Bocas. This saved me a lot of effort and sweat, since the alternative was to take the bus (actually two buses) from Boquete. The climate and culture here are very different. In fact it feels like a different country. Bocas is on the Caribbean coast of Panama and that is exactly what it feels like: a Caribbean place. I don't think I like it very much. The people in the town don't...

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Jun 17, 2009 - Bocas Del Toro

17 June Set off from Boquete and board the "school" bus travel for an hour or so before getting on another much smaller bus come people carrier. Our backpacks are loaded onto the roof and we squeeze sardine like into our chairs. During the 3-4 hour journey several people board the bus and accommodate the aisles. At one point I was going to ask our guide what the Spanish was for "could you stop elbowing me in the head!". After various people using my shoulder as a makeshift chair for their sweaty behinds we disembarked ready to catch a boat...

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Jan 23, 2009 - Arriving in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Anne, LindaRose and I planned a road trip for this morning. Four hours later we were in Almirante, the shipping point for all of the Chiquita Bananas grown in this area. From there we took a water taxi to Isla de Colon and checked in to the Banana Inn. We have a room with three twin beds for $35 US a night. It is cool, comfortable and comes with a kitchen and fridge to keep the beer and wine cold. We set off for lunch and to find out how to take the water taxis to another island to swim at Starfish Beach. Lunch on the waterfront and we're...

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On the Road 2009

Oct 9, 2008 - Goodnight Panama! We love you! [the crowd goes wild]

So that's it. As they say in Guarani, opama. (Not Obama, but if subliminal messaging gets through, so be it.) Two years, seven months and nine days. It was such a treat to have my sister come down for my last few weeks of traveling (even though she says that dad forced her to so that I would be sure to get on the plane to go home). All the same, it was a great time. After getting quickly out of Panama City, we barreled on to gorgeous Bocas del Toro. We spent our days there island hopping, laying in the sun and hiking. Or maybe we went...

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Life in Paraguay

Sep 9, 2008 - Bocas Del Torro - We learn to dive!

September 3-8 Bocas Del Torro (nickname: Bocas), is an archipielago of 6 densely forested islands located approximately 25KM (yes...we talk in kilometers now too) off the coast of both Panama + Costa Rica. The islands are in the Caribbean Sea with extensive coral reef ecosystems and tropical fish right at your feet - that is underwater! Our word for Bocas is "clear" because there are crystal clear waters in every direction! We could see right through to the bottom even when several feet up in our boat. Not to mention, our island Isla Colon...

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