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After another breaky of bananas and pancakes we taxied to a nearby town where Mel and I caught an eight hour bus to Panama city and Carrie and Will caught a flight.

We arrived at our Bahia Suites hotel and walked in the rain to find Carrie and Will boozing it up at a local watering hole in the posh area of the city. We dined at a small budget friendly Mexican restaurant Eating Guacamole and tacos for $8 each.

We then walked back to the hotel along the seafront in the nice park area.

The next day, after a crap breakfast of dry cornflakes and fluffy buns, Carrie ordered an uber taxi and we went to Miraflores, and saw the Panama canal. We were well timed and saw a large ship come through the locks. Very interesting to see the mechanics behind the canal and what actually went into it and how long it took to build.

We then ubered to The Causeway which is a man made road linking some islands to the mainland. We got dropped off at a pirate restaurant where we had a fish lunch, Mel had veggies and rice. We then walked along the causeway for miles and stopped at a ice cream parlor and gorged on sweet treats. We walked further along the main road getting the nice views of the sea and the islands. We grabbed a taxi into the Viego part of town where we split up and Mel and I walked around taking in the sights of the buildings etc. I had a bit of a melt down, feeling a bit run down mouth ulcers galore. I had a paddy in the street saying I wanted to go home. haha i didnt really. After finding some much needed ulcer cream we met up with Carrie and Will at a posh cafe overlooking the harbour. To save money we went back to the hotel and ate peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

The next day, there wasn't really much to do or see but we attempted to be cultural and got dropped at some ruins but they were pretty crappy. We then caught a taxi to the fish market where Carrie, Will and I ate some pretty epic fresh fish and Mel had to put up with some crappy made up veggie dish. Sorry Mel!!! We then looked around the Viego part of town and went to a nice coffee shop.

In the evening we all got dressed up for Carries unofficial birthday celebrations. Carrie found an amazing posh sushi restaurant and paid for all of us. We dined for 3 hours or more ordering 4 courses of food and two bottle of red wine. Omg the sushi was incredible and so cheap and the pad thai was awesome. Then we went to a rooftop bar with loud music and drank some more. very nice evening indeed.

The final day, we all got up late and went to a cafe for breakfast as the hotel one was so rubbish. We then went back to the hotel and chilled out until Carrie and Will could pack up their bits. We then went back to the Sushi place again for late lunch and scoffed down as much sushi as we could get in our bellys. yummo!!!

Then it was time to say goodbye to Carrie and Will as they were catching a flight that evening. We said our goodbyes and Mel and I mooched back to the hotel for the remainder of the evening.

Posted by Markandmel2016 08:25 Archived in Panama

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