Tomorrow I take a bus to Panama City, and Thursday I take a plane to California. I’m not sure if I will be blogging more because I have time on a bus or plane, or less because I’ll be with family and doing other things. But, either way it will be different!
It’s a bit complicated to travel to and from David. There are no direct flights from here, so you have to go to San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City. I haven’t tried the San Jose route. Planes are expensive and there are only three flights a week. Buses sound complicated with the border crossing, changing buses, etc. So far I have only traveled by way of Panama City. Planes are expensive too but less than San Jose, and there are morning and afternoon flights every day. Buses are easy and cheap (less than $20) and leave every hour, but it’s a 7 hour trip so if you take a flight the same day, it’s a very long day.
This is going to be a complicated trip with multiple destinations so I don’t need additional adventures. Flights to California were cheaper from Panama than from San Jose, so I’m going to Panama City by bus. I’m staying at the Eco Inn Avila in Panama City. I’ve been there a number of times before and they always take good care of me. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The WiFi works. They feed you breakfast. The last time I was there I had a very early flight out. The night clerk couldn’t find a taxi to pick me up so he called a friend to give me a ride, and made me cups of tea while I waited. Extra touches like that make you want to come back again.
I am headed to northern CA to see my older daughter, then southern UT to see a part of the country I’ve never been to (with camera in hand, for sure!), and then to Austin TX to see my younger daughter. Thank goodness for email, phones, and skype which allow us to keep in touch frequently, but I haven’t seen them in person since June. Oh yes I am happy to be going!
I wonder how I will feel though, to be back in the US after living in Panama for 5 months. This has come to feel like home so quickly, so easily.