The water taxi from Bocas Town to Almirante was a very efficient operation and the driver went full tilt the entire way – it took about 20 minutes. Then we waited for the "Express" bus to PC from Almirante. The good news – it was a Mercedes Benz bus with comfy seats, two movies and working air conditioning. The bad news – it was more than ten hours with quite a few stops along the way. It was a nice day so we did see quite a bit of the countryside. Heading up into the hills and rain forest was really beautiful. Then we went over to the Pacific side and got on the back roads and it wasn't quite as scenic – but it was still a pleasant trip. Our guy Roger was at the bus stop to meet us and get us through the awful PC traffic to our hotel.
The next morning we started early and had to fight major traffic to get to the US Embassy. We were luckily first in line for "American Citizen Services" and after about an hour, Michael now has a much thicker passport (and a lighter wallet!)
We then spent the rest of the day doing some much needed shopping at a big "Metro Mall." It was good to stretch our legs after the all day sitting adventure on the bus.
Thursday, day four, we got to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City and got on our morning flight to Atlanta. We had a long time between connections in Atlanta to get to Boston. Customs and immigration went quickly. We had plenty of time to our next gate. Luckily we missed the plane collision in Boston – and made it in a bit late.
All is good...now, we'll probably take time to enjoy our family and friends (with some work and projects as well). So you also get a break from the SV Astarte log page.
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