Life has finally slowed down enough that I can write about my recent trip to Panama. In a word, it was AMAZING! My fiance, Aaron, and I went on the 12-day backpacking trip in honor of his big 3-0.
The country is beautiful, the people are friendly and there’s nothing like travel to re-energize your soul. The pictures really speak for themselves. During the trip we met some lovely Canadian and Irish backpackers, which was fortunate because in making friends we also picked up a Spanish translator. My Spanish leaves a bit to be desired, sorry Ms. Hoffer.
We stayed in hostels, stopping in Panama City, David, Boquete, Bocas del Toro, and Santa Catalina. It rained on the Caribbean side of the country so we chased the sun back to the Pacific side. And let me tell you…our rented Toyota Yaris survived a beating.
While in Panama we witnessed some serious protests. The indigenous people of the Chiriqui Province blocked the highway with rocks and trees over a dispute of land rights. The issue of development in Panama is interesting. Their protests almost shut down half of the country because fuel for generators couldn’t be delivered. Even when I’m on vacation I come across stories to be told.
If you have the opportunity go see Panama now, resorts are developing along the coastlines and it won’t be long until it’s a completely different looking country.