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Warren and Cynthia's Wacky World Adventures

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Sat
6
Mar '10

Spanish School and Carnival – Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Although most of the instructors (Aicel and Esteban, to name my 2 favorites) were fantastic, the Spanish By The Sea administration left me wanting. Firstly, their confirmation letter states ‘be there 18:00 Sunday for orientation and an oral and written placement exam’. An email to me also requested I be there a few minutes early […]

Tue
2
Mar '10

Sunday Boating – Bocas Del Toro, Panama

After 2 days of grueling travel, a morning run made me ready to face the world again. As I entered the guest house, tattooed Juan was bustling around like a colorful humming bird cheerfully flitting about. He stopped suddenly when he saw me, “Want to go on a boat ride today? It’s free, lot’s of […]

Fri
19
Feb '10

Arriving in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

The water taxi arrived from Almirante to Bocas within 30 minutes.  Like lemmings, we all filed out onto the main street. I turned left and within minutes arrived at Casa Verde. The girl in the office seemed a bit bewildered and heightened my stress of being up for nearly 2 days straight, as she searched […]

Sun
14
Feb '10

Getting to Bocas Del Toro, Panama – Part 2

Nearly 2 ½ hours on the bus, we stopped for 10 minutes to use the bathroom & get food. I got off simply to give my bum a break – the roads in Costa Rica are atrocious. One major pothole caused even the driver to gasp and I swore we’d broken an axle. After that […]

Sat
13
Feb '10

Getting to Bocas Del Toro, Panama – Part 1

At 5:30 AM, I waited sleepily at Reagan National Airport to be processed through the enormously long lines at check-in and security in the hopes of leaving before what they eventually dubbed “the blizzard of 2010”. The security signs screamed “high alert” status as we inched along. Finally on the plane, there was an anxious […]

Sat
9
Feb '08

Utila & Roatan Islands, Honduras

Off on a bus from San Pedro Sula, I traveled to La Ceiba on the north-eastern coast of Honduras. La Ceiba is the jumping-off point for the Bay Islands, the Caribbean islands of Utila and Roatan. I figured I started the trip scuba diving in the Caribbean, I might as well finish up there. On […]

Mon
4
Feb '08

Managua, Nicaragua & San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I left San Jose the day after getting Cynthia on the plane and spent my birthday on a 10 hour bus ride to Managua, Nicaragua. Managua is the capital of Nicaragua, but not very touristy. I arrived after dark and after talking to people in the bus station, pelegroso (dangerous) was mentioned many times. Deciding […]

Sun
27
Jan '08

Playa Samara & San Jose, Costa Rica

Since Cynthia had limited time, we decided that Costa Rica would wind up her portion of the trip with some relaxing beach time. Hearing some bad pollution stories of one of the most popular destination, Playa Tamarindo, we decided to make our way to Playa Samara. The trip from Nicaragua was a marvelous hodge-podge of […]

Fri
25
Jan '08

Ometepe & San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

We left Grenada on a chicken bus heading to Rivas – our ultimate goal: the dual volcanic island – Isla de Ometepe – on Lake Nicaragua – the largest lake in Central America. The great thing about being an obvious backpacker is you just need to orbit within a few-blocks of any possible bus station […]

Sat
19
Jan '08

Leon & Grenada, Nicaragua

Leaving Tegucigalpa before dawn, we negotiated a taxi and headed the 5K out of the city to the Discua Litena bus terminal that would take us to the border of Nicaragua. Our ultimate destination was Leon. As painful as it was: being double-billed at the border ($3 each to exit Honduras, then $7 each to […]