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Category: Panama

Penonomé & Toabré

During the week, Yami invited me to spend a day with her at her clinic, in the tiny hamlet of Toabré in the hills outside Penonome. In order for dentists and doctors to receive permission from the government to work as medical professionals in Panama, upon completion of their degree/doctorates, they must complete two years [...]


Days 282 to 293 – Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 9th July 2006 I arrived in Panama City in mid afternoon, and didn’t want to travel out to Penonome that same day so I checked in at Zuly’s, the hostel I stayed at back in February, and caught up with goings on in the World [...]

Panama & San Blas Islands

Days 265 to 281 – Sunday 11th to Tuesday 27th June 2006 I flew back to Panama, spent a week with Yami and returned to Cartagena. I then tried to go south to Medellin, but the buses were a little bit of a problem due to the FARC in the region, so I decided to [...]

Panama City: Adios Central America

Day 140 – Monday 6th February 2006 My time in Central America was up. I had my flight at 6pm, and spent most of the day with Yami saying goodbye and dragging her around the city trying to get a few things done before heading to the ariport.

Panama City: Superbowl Sunday

Day 139 – Sunday 5th February 2006 The late nights and not being able to sleep cauht up with me on Sunday, and I didn’t have the energy to do much. Therefore I didn’t. I just lazed around my hostel reading and sleeping.

Panama City: The Races

Day 138 – Saturday 4th February 2005 I am turning into my Dad. For my third date with Yami, we found ourselves at the Hippodrome, the horse racing course in Panama City. Many a time have I heard my mum saying how my Dad used to drag her to the dogs when they were first [...]

Panama City: El Valle

Day 137 – Friday 3rd February 2006 I invited Yami out for the day to Portobelo, but she already had plans, so we arranged to meet up in the evening instead. When I got to the bus station and boarded the bus I was sat next to a screaming kid.

Panama City: Living it Up

Day 136 – Thursday 2nd February 2006 Bit of a nothing day really, I was tired from the day before and didnt sleep too well again, so just hung out at the hostel reading and eating. In the afternoon I did go into the Marriot hotel, walked into the lobby, straight through and up to [...]

Panama City: Western World

Day 135 – Wednesday 1st February 2006 Panama City is hot. Very hot. The women are hot and the weather is hotter. I couldnt sleep very well in the heat, therefore when I woke up I was really tired and couldn’t be bothered to do anything.

Panama City: Sauntering

Day 134 – Tuesday 31st January 2006 Having a week to spend in Panama City I decided to take it easy and see different things slowly so as not to exhaust all my options in a few days.

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