Davíd

After a long day of ridiculous transportation issues, I am now in the city of David in the Western end of Panama… I’m staying at a hostel here for the night before heading out tomorrow… either to the beach or to the mountains… I haven’t quite decided yet… But all is well… except for my butt from sitting in uncomfortable bus seats all day long…

Anyway… I need to get off the computer so I will update more when I next get a chance…

Leaving Chitré

So this is my last night here in Chitré.. Tomorrow I will be heading out to a city called Davíd where I will be staying over 1 night before making my way to an island in the Pacific called Isla Boca Brava… which contains only 1 hotel/restaurant and no phone… But I should have internet and phone tomorrow… so you´ll hear from me before I disappear to the desert isle for a few days…

‘Til then!

Ahh.. Chitre

So I’m still here in Chitré… I should be heading out tomorrow in search of the beach… but we’ll see if the place I’m planning on is going to have someplace for me to sleep… But yeah.. not much doing today.. just bummed around town a little more, spent some more time at church.. and read a lot of my current read Robinson Crusoe… I’m just enjoying the ambience of the place before moving on I guess..

In other news, I hear you folks up in NY are getting slammed this weekend… 12-18 inches of snow by Sunday morning? That’s pretty ridiculous… I’m almost sad I’m going to miss the ensuing chaos… but not that much.

Panama City to Chitré

My third day is winding down here in Panama… A day that began with a quite pleasant 3 1/2 hour-ish bus-ride.. with air conditioning and everything… and lord knows that won’t happen again…

I’m now in a town called Chitré, which is either a large town or a small city depending on your definition… but it’s a rather pleasant town/city… definitely not a tourist town… I don’t think I’ve seen anyone since I’ve been here that I would pick out as a tourist… But I guess that’s a big part of what I like when traveling… to see what life is really like in different places… It’s very calm compared to Panama City and everyone seems to be extremely friendly…

The main point of interest in the town is the cathedral… which is noted for it’s balanced use of wood and gold tone as opposed to the usual Central American tradition of over-doing it with gold. I went in to take a look and ended up sitting in on about an hour of what was a much longer mass… I think that’s the most time I’ve spent in a church in the last 5 years combined… at least… and I was surprisingly pleased by it… I’m feeling cleansed somehow… Who knew?

Panama… It’s hot!

Here I finally am… I’ve made my way down to the southernmost country in North America… any further south and I’d be in Colombia…

I’m sitting in an internet cafe in Panama City enjoying the feeling of posting my first entry about my first day of my 4 month trip… Unfortunately this computer doesn’t seem to have a port where I can connect my camera to post pictures, so those will have to wait ’til I find a better computer somewhere…

Suffice it to say that I’m enjoying myself… I’m staying at this hostel that occupies 2 floors of a highrise apartment building in a nice area of the city… and for all those up Norte, its 9:30pm and its a pleasant 79 degrees out… perfect for strolling around in the really inexpensive pair of Timberland sandals I got earlier… I think I´m gonna do a little bit more shopping tomorrow too cause everything is really cheap here.. I need a belt, a towel, and a watch… Woohoo!

I was hoping to do some touristy stuff tomorrow but we’ll see if I feel comfortable enough with my Spanish to figure out the buses to watch the boats go through the locks on the canal… If not, I’m sure I’ll come up with something entertaining to do…

So.. until then.. signing off from Panama…

T Minus 6 Days

I’m leaving in 6 days and I still don’t have a passport, a backpack, a camera or boots… but isn’t that how it always is with me? It’s pretty crazy that it’s rushing up on me so damn fast… I’m gonna be busy for pretty much the rest of the time before I leave so I’m just going to all of a sudden find myself in Panama thinking ”What the hell just happened?” But maybe that’s how life should be…

P.S. I’m 23.

Preliminary Map & Itinerary

So I’ve finally finished the rough draft of my itinerary… So now I have the basic shape of the trip… I’m not really going to change it much more probably before I leave because all the planning you do on a trip like this goes to hell once you arrive on the ground and things start happening in real time… The only thing I’m not sure about yet is if I’m going to end up entering El Salvador or not… The only reason I want to is so I can have visited all the countries of Central America… but it would be another border hassle to deal with when there’s really not much that I want to see… So I dunno… that’ll be decided when I get within ~50km of the border  So yeah… here they are:

Preliminary MapItinerary

Planning… and such…

So I’ve been busy reading up in my Lonely Planet guidebooks (if you’re going anywhere, I implore you to buy the appropriate LP book)… planning out where my stops will be… and trying to get an idea of how much I’ll be spending on each day… so far I have about the first month or so done… and I seem to be in the $22/day average range.. which means when I’m actually doing it, it’ll be more like $30/day which is still pretty ok… I’m going to attach a map of my route soon to give you an idea of where in the world I’m going to be… I’ll also be posting maps showing my progress and where I’m at during the trip itself…

And so it begins…

So after hours of fiddling around with 4 different blogging software packages, I’ve finally settled on WordPress as my favorite. So here’s my first entry… and I’ll be updating this (hopefully regularly) with stories and pictures while on my 4 month journey from Panama to Riverhead, New York using only ground transportation. So yeah… stay tuned… My preliminary departure date is January 18th… we’ll see how that works out…

I’ll be updating throughout the planning process as well with tidbits and perhaps a draft itinerary and map…