I made my way from Puerto Viejo back to David where I once again stayed at La Casa Marada (the purple house) and after turning down a temporary job there as the hostel receptionist, I made the long bus ride to Panama City, Panama. I didn’t stay there long and honestly don’t have a ton to say about it… Like every other large City, it was hustling and bustling with activity and modern buildings, sky scrappers, and lots of business. This sort of scene doesn’t really interest me quite frankly, especially after having lived in the serene and quirky small town of Puerto Viejo for so long. I’d easily grown accustomed to the laid back beach life and wasn’t terribly impressed to be back in such civilization. To each their own! In any event, I did spend one night there before booking it back to the small town of Portobello, Panama.
Though I had an absolute fantastic time in Puerto Viejo and met a bunch of people whom I consider life-long friends, after about 10 months of living there, it was time to pack up and see more of the world once again. I still to this day miss a lot of Puerto Viejo and Costa Rica in general, namely the wildlife and captivating nature that surrounds you daily there…. But, if I had stayed there I wouldn’t have had the chance to continue traveling and exploring as I originally planned to do.
Truth be told as well, just as in many places you first go to then get to know better, the rose colored glasses came off. While there was and is a lot of beauty and great things about Costa Rica and Puerto Viejo, there are also a lot of drugs there. They are after all in the direct line of drug trafficking, so it’s really no big surprise, but still there gets a point where enough is enough. Looking around knowing that the majority of people were on one drug or another, just started to wear on me. And looking at people who had lived there forever and seeing how squirrely they had turned out, just made you wonder if that was the only future to look forward to. So for that reason and wanting to explore and travel more in general, I packed it up and headed out.
Since I’d already done Bocas del Toro, I decided to simply head back to David, then on to Panama City, then head to Portobello on the Caribbean coast of Panama to catch a sailboat through the San Blas Islands into Colombia…