It feels good to be in the big city. It’s too busy and active for us to want to live here, but it sure is fun to visit. I like the energy and the feeling here.
I am tired tonight! You wouldn’t think one would be tired after sitting in a comfortable bus all day, but I’m sure the excitement of getting ready, making sure everything is in order, and getting this trip under way play a big part.
This was my first bus trip where it was light the whole way, and I enjoyed seeing everything along the way. I left on the 11:00 bus, and arrived at the terminal in Panama City a little before 6:00. This wasn’t even the express bus, and it cost $15.25. It stopped at a number of towns along the way, but only long enough to a few people to board so it didn’t feel like the stops made much difference in our progress. There was also a 30-40 minute break in Santiago so everyone could get out and stretch, and get something to eat. The bus was big, comfortable, and air conditioned (take a sweater). They also played movies the whole way.
I am always surprised at how well behaved the children are. There were women and families with very small children and babies in arms, and except for a few minutes of hollering from one baby there was no fussing at all. An indigenous family near me had a baby who looked maybe 8 months old, and a little boy maybe 3 or 4 years old. Both rode quietly on their parents laps the whole way!
I had no trouble getting a taxi to take me to the hotel, and he says he will be back in the morning to take me to the airport. Then, it’s off to CA.
I must be acclimated to the weather here. The highest setting on the air conditioning in the room is 30 (86F) and it’s chilly even with a t-shirt and jeans. I might end up wearing both of my heavy sweaters at the same time in CA.