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Panama City: Big City Nightlife

2 February 2006 18 Comments

Days 131 & 132 - Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2006

Feeling a little groggy after Friday night @ the bad school disco in David (I found out it was supposed to be laides night as well!), the perfect way to overcome my hangover was to take the 8 hour bus ride to Panama City. This would kill two birds with one stone - firstly I would be able to catch up on missed sleep, and secondly I wouldn’t waste an otherwise unproductive day getting to Panama City.

Thus myself, Markus and Aaron caught the 11am bus from David to Panama City. The first few hours flew by and I went straight to sleep as soon as I boarded the bus, only waking up at the half way point when the bus stopped for a 30 minute break. Just enough time for me to grab a KFC, eat it and get back back on before we left.

For the next three and a half hours I mixed between dozing and reading. We eventually arrived in Panama City at about 7pm and took a taxi to a backpackers hostel. Feeling pretty awake after sleeping most of the day we decided to hit the town and we made our way to the supermarket to acquire some pre-party drinks. I opted for red wine in anticipation of my arrival in Argentina.

After leisurely drinking our take-out we walked the three blocks into the main party area of our particualar part of the city. It was about midnight and still onthing had really got started so we went into a bar and drank a few overpriced beers while looking at some of the talent Panama City has to offer.

There was no shortage of said talent, however the bar wasn’t livening up in the slightest so we went for a change of scenery, from the classy to the grungey. This is never a bad thing and straight away I made my presence known by getting onto the pool table. My lack of recent practise coupled with my Argentinan wine made things a little tricky for me, but natural talent always shines through, and playing doubles with a Panamanian dude we managed to win about 10 games consecutively. Admittedly he was probably the best player in the bar but there is no ‘I’ in team. Well actually there is in the Spanish word for team, equipo, but who cares.

By this time it was getting pretty late and there was no sign of the bar shutting. I got chatting to the Isreali owner of the bar and he siad it stays open as long as people are drinking. Pretty decent licencing laws then. At about 5.30 a few lads got chatting to some girls and we ended up go to a really random house party for a while. That didn’t last too long though as it was pretty weird and nobody wanted to stay. Therefore at about 6.30am we rolled back into the hostel. Apparently the next day would be write off too.

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  • Roy (author) said:

    Roy - have a good flight to Buenos Aires - keep the blog going - we are all reading avidily - keep healthy & safe.. Luv M&D xxxx

  • roz and ian said:

    hello safe journey to argentina tomorrow

  • Mannequin Man said:

    Hey there my friend.
    Real quick note to say i’ve been away from internet for 3 weeks, so struggling with the contact.
    Gotta catch up on the blog too! I’ll email with all latest info asap. Hope you have a great journey to Argentina. Take care of yourself!!

  • Mannequin Man said:

    Hey to OC & Joker too!!! Back in the homelands on 12th!

  • smithy said:

    hello mate,

    Hope things are ok and you are still well.

    Still keeping a check of the blog everyday and am envious.

    chin up


  • Roy (author) said:

    Hi folks, I am all packed up and ready to fly to BA today, was meaning to update the blog but I have been too busy, you know how it is.

  • O.C said:

    Mannequin! Looking forward to seeing ya, BRING ON BORO!

  • Joker said:

    Hi dude. Hope you got to Argieland ok.

  • Roy (author) said:

    Hi folks, made it to the southern hemisphere, seems like a pretty cool city although havent seen much today too tired.

    Only 3 hours behind the UK now in time.

  • Michael,Sarah and Annie said:

    Hi Mate, Long time no comment,sorry about that! So

  • Michael,Sarah and Annie said:

    Forget the the last comment (trying to get used to new laptop!) proud of you Roy. Hope you have great time in Argentina.

  • roz and ian said:

    hello roy and everyone else who reads this log

    I am organising a hen night for next saturday and having not gone out in camridge much, can anyone tell me what are the best club is ( want a classy hang out)
    like san diego!!!

  • ad said:

    probably ballare is the best place i would imagine, its where the old 5th avenue used to be.bit classier than the usual cambridge places and has air conditioning which is a bonus.


  • O.C said:

    The Flying Pig allways rounds off a night!

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  • roz said:

    what are the good bars? I was thinking - henrys around that area. Is the bar that is behind superdrugs over lion yard way any good?

  • O.C said:

    Check out B-Bar for a chic flavour.
    Pigs are better than Whales Mr Smith.

  • ad said:

    whatever do you mean godders

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