I made it back home to Boquete about 8 a.m. today. The travel time was long (almost 24 hours, in total), but I made all my connections along the way just fine. I’m really glad that I checked my carry-on bag – since there were four legs on this flight, I couldn’t see lugging it around and trying to find space in the ever-crowded overhead compartments four times. That decision made the trip a lot less stressful, believe me!
The airport is on the far east end of Panama City, and the bus depot is at the far west end, so it’s a bit of a hike from one to the other. I could have called an Uber and probably saved a little, but from what I’ve read, Ubers aren’t allowed in the same area as the taxis, and I didn’t want to have to figure out where to meet them. By the time I went through immigration and customs, with little sleep the night before, I just wanted to get there with a minimum of effort, so I took a taxi instead.
I got to the bus terminal in plenty of time to catch the midnight express bus to David. The bus ride from Panama City was long (about six hours), but I had a great seat. It’s a nice double-decker bus, and I had one of the front-row seats. It was like a huge picture window with a live-action movie. Granted, it was night time, but it was nice to have an unobstructed view of the highway and towns that we went through.
I got a taxi in David to take me to my house. Taxi drivers cluster around the buses when they arrive, to catch a fare. This guy was very nice, and helped me with retrieving my luggage from the bus and carrying them to his taxi. When I explained to him that I lived about five kilometers before Boquete proper, he gave me a break on the usual price for the ride.
It was wonderful to get in the house and collapse in my comfy recliner! After taking a nap until mid-afternoon, I felt more like a human being. I think I’ll skip being a vendor at the Tuesday market tomorrow – this week’s Tuesday talk is about our neighboring volcano, Volcan Barú, and I’d like to hear about it, so I’ll do that instead for this week.