Well, I made it to Panamá without any problems. Here they don’t say Panama City. It’s Panamá . Actually things worked out pretty well. I caught the 8 a.m. bus down to David and there was no line at the ticket window to speak of. I was the third person. The price of the ride, after using the Jubilado discount was $10.60. The last time I did it the cost was $8.80. The cost of diesel is just a whisker under $4 so it’s not a surprise that the price of everything is going up.
I got into the city at 4 in the afternoon and, as you have to, I asked the driver how much it would cost to get to the hostel. He said $5 and my response, in Spanish, of course, was “how much would it be for a Panamanian?” He said “four” I said “three” and the deal was done. It was two bucks last year but the price of regular unleaded is now $4.18/gal so the extra buck was reasonable.
I’m staying at a hostel called La Jungla (The Jungle) not far from where I used to stay but that one closed down. This isn’t too bad and I’ve got a private room with a/c.
Tomorrow I go to the U.S. embassy to get my U.S. driver’s license authenticated and then to the Panamanian Foreign Ministry office. If my luck holds I can get it all done tomorrow and I should be able to wrap it up Tuesday and head back to the mountain Wednesday.
I hope to meet with my lawyer Lizi and a fellow blogger, Omar who hosts
Wish me luck tomorrow.