For the first time in a long time, we’re taking several weeks off this Christmas. Totally off. No email access, no cell phones, no working from camel-back, nothing. We’re going to Panama. After a couple of days in Panama City, we’re spending about three weeks in the Bocas Del Toro province. It’s a region on the Caribbean side of the country, comprised of land plus a bunch of islands.
We’re going to stay in two different properties–a kind of mini eco-lodge and then we’re renting a house. I don’t have a lot of expectations for the trip. I hope to swim and snorkel every day, read a lot of books, sleep a lot and not think about marketing or social media or the web for a while.
Panama was on the short list of places we considered living in before we chose Malta. I’ve had two really enjoyable trips to Costa Rica, it’s more northerly neighbour, so I’m optimistic about a third trip to Central America. I should learn a few more words of Spanish, beyond cerveza and langosta.
Our flight returns via New York, so we’re going to spend a few days, including New Years, in Manhattan staying at my aunt’s place in Soho. Yes, that’s going to take some creative packing. We may just ship a box of clothes to New York.
Have any of you, my dear readers, been to Panama? Any recommendations? Warnings? Tales of adventure?
Incidentally, any time I tell people our plans, they immediately reference a certain Van Halen song: