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Brendan Ross’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006

Location: Panama City, Panama

MapAlrighty then, i'll will try to get the diary up to date before I get to South America, its now 2am have free internet at the hostel so trying to make the most if it.

The trip has been wicked so far, definately recommend central america, I have had a few laugh, think I broke my little toe and yes I have shaved the beard off, cheers to the people that emailed to say they didn't approve, it does feel better to have it off I must admit.
So after San Pedro we made our way across to Honduras, the bus have been pretty interesting so far, a few have been awesome air-conditioned bed, DVD movies playing the works, I do love the chicken buses they are always over crowded not much room especially for my long legs, but thelocals are friendly and give me a smile when they see my height.
Also the chicken buses are the american style school buses except they are decked out to the max, as you can see from the photos in Antigua.

Making our way across the boarder when made our way to San Pedro Sula, the accomodation was average so when decided to venture out being sat night and all. The place we made it to was a local discotec, lets just say now I know what it feels like to be the minority, everybody in the place was looking at us with interest. After a couple of hours of drinking some locals came up to us, english being their second laungage we did our best to practice what spanish we had learned, we didn't get to far with the conversation after the initial names country we came from etc basic stuff, so they just started speaking english which was pretty good, for some reason when they did speak english they did with an American accent.

So we had a great night with the locals, me and David the english guy stayed out to around 7am ended up at a gay bar with our new found friends, lets just say if I was gay I think I would do ok, got a bit of intention if I don't say so myself lol.

The next day after a couple of hours sleep we headed off to Tela which is on the carribean coast, the weather wasn't the best and the accommodation was lets say from a horror movie, it was so bad I actually like it. After 2 nights we headed to La Ceiba and out to the bays Islands the date being the 5th of dec.

The Island we chose to gop to was Roatan the nicer and more expensive one, we obtained an nice apartment with cable and I made good use of it falling sick on the first day, I didn't eat for 3 days and stayed in bed the whole time going to the toilet about every 30min, fever was high and each day the cleaning lady would come in to clean up, I would sit outside for the 40min or so while sdhe did this, the first time she called me back into the room to explain the wet patch on the bed, I tried to explain in broke spanish that its just sweat due to my fever but i don't think she understood, in the ended I just said change the sheets don't I don't care can you please just get out.

I guess you have to get sick at least once while travelling, hopefully that will be my last fingers crossed.

I must add while I write this i'm listening to triple J the Australian radio station at the moment and loving it.

OK so we leave the Bay Islands which I didn't see any of and made our way to the capital Tegucigalpa, we only stayed for 1 night which was more than enough not exactly the safest place getting harrassed on the street a couple of times. The following day we headed to Managua and onto Granaga, this place was very similar to Antigua and like like to insteadly, even the streets and town square looked the same, we stayed here for 2 nights spending one of the days out at Laguna de Apoyo which is a natural lake inside a volcano.

Thursday the 14th of December we headed to Isla de Ometepe, its an island formed from 2 volcanoes joining and is in the middle of the largest lake in Central America. We stayed stayed for 2 nights spending the days swimming in the lake and surrounding lagoons.

Our next stop we headed across the boarder again and into Costa Rica, stopping in Liberia to get another bus to Playa Tamarindo. Now this place is on the west coast and know for its partying and surfing both of which we made the most of for 4 nights, also the hostel had a kitchen needless to say mash potatoes all round, I was loving it.
Taking surfing lessons on our second day we were off and surfing hiring boards in the days to come, nothing better than surfing working on the tan and drinking the nights away, the hostel was very friendly we quickly made friends to help with the alcohol consumption.

We did think about staying there for xmas but would have had to skip Bocas del Toro which we were keen to explore. Heading off on Tuesday the 19th we made our way to San Jose the capital staying for just 1 night, we arrived at around 9pm and quickly booked into a hostel, the place was fully booked but they kindly made beds for us in the TV room, it actually was one of the nicest hostel i've stayed in with a swimming pool bar and resturant.
Leaving the following morning getting to Cahuita on the Carribean coast, we met some norwegians on the bus and were quickly into the drinking games on arrival rum being the drink of choice, we had a great night out partying dancing,would have liked to stayed longer but left the following morning still drunk and headed across the boarder into Panama and out to Bocas del Toro island, we stayed for 3nights, celebrating Matt birthday on the 22nd, it was done in style the hostel had a pimp's and ho's theme night party, and we ended the night going for a swim at 4am.
On the 24th Dec we got a flight to Panama City for xmas which we enjoyed cooking a roast and drinking for most of the day. Our second day here we went out to the Panama canal and watched a couple of large tanker ships go through the locks, very impressive.

So now its 3am in the morning and I must be off to bed for my flight to Colombia tomorrow, if you have read this far I do appreciate the interest you have taken in my travels, and will endeavour to keep the photo's and diary up to date, obviously I have plenty of other stories to tell but probably better explained in person.

Central America done, Its been a blast I hope the good times continue in South America I'm sure they will, If you have checked out some of the photo's I have added a few more to previous pages.