Bocas del Toro, April 2007
riff and raff
All smiles after a great flight from San Jose. Just under 2 hours to run down the Pacific coast of Costa Rica at 11,000 feet, then across the top of Panama.
So far so great in Bocas. We lucked in to a large, airy room on the 2nd floor of a funky old wooden hotel. The shared kitchen is on the veranda outside the room, and preparing meals outside has been fun. The whole place is full of character, as is the owner Kate.
Fresh fish is in abundance and the fruit and veggies may be the best we've had in Central America. The plane is happily located about 500 yards from the local softball/soccer field, just underneath the airport's control tower and just out of range of the fly balls.
We got the cameras just before we left Costa Rica (thanks again Michelle). The Canon 6 Megapixel works as expected, the usual fantastic product from Canon. Today I tried out the new cheap 1 Megapixel Aiptek camera on our long walk to Playa Bluff, north of Bocas Town. Some pics below... a great camera for what it is.
We stayed a week-end on the far end of Isla Colon, Boca del Drago, at the opposite end from Bocas town. Enrique and girlfriend Yanel run the hostel for a wildlife biologist type guy. Neat wood buildings, and we got an upstairs room with a great view of the water for about US$15. About 50 steps away is a great outdoor cafe, Restaurant Juani, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and conversation while working your feet in the sand.
Guari-guari is a patois of Spanish, Indian, English; some of the indigenos these days are not learning their local dialect, but instead only speak guari-guari.