The night bus ride to Panama City was pretty comfortable. Though, I’d have to say the boarder crossing into Panama was the most thorough. We got to the border around 4:30 in the morning and there was nobody working on the Costa Rica side. We had to sit and wait until 6am before someone arrived. I found myself passing out on the bench I was sitting on for about an hour. After exiting Costa Rica, the Panama immigration made the whole bus go into a room to search our luggage after passport control. I have never seen that intense of a group search done before and the only other time I saw anything so anal were the few times US immigration emptied out my bags on me.
When I got to Panama City, I felt pretty burned out on travel at this point. The hostel I stayed at was decent and I did make it out to Hard Rock Café- Panama City, saw some of the old colonial city neighborhoods, and went to the Panama Canal to watch some cargo ships go through the locks.
I did have one extra day to burn in Panama, so I decided to take a day trip into a city that basically is inside a volcano crater. It didn’t feel or look like a crater, but more like there were mountain ridges around us. Honestly, the tour was a waste of money. We visited a sad looking zoo, a butterfly farm, a hot spa that was just a nasty, muddy pool (I thought it would be like the hot springs I had visited in Honduras), and a small walk to see a little waterfall. Though it filled my day as I waited for my red-eye flight, it was pretty pathetic.
That pretty much covers the events of my trip. I had thought about doing South America, but I found six weeks through Central America to be enough. I spent about two-thousand on spending money and one-thousand on flights and travel insurance. Not bad, I think. I think I do need to learn some Spanish for when I venture into South America. It may make it a more enjoyable trip! Until next time.