My husband Scott and I wrote in our journal each day on our first backpacking trip to Panama. We didn’t read each other’s entries until we returned home and I turned it into an eBook. It was fun for us to see the differences in our perspectives and the topics we wrote about.
Day 1 Scott
Travel day is one of the necessary evils of a vacation. Our first day of air travel was uneventful, which is a good thing.
Security lines at the airport are always good for finding the biggest idiot around. Today’s winner was the guy who refused to take his shoes off and had to argue with the TSA which held up the line. Watching the commotion really helps to pass the time in line.
Our inflight entertainment was this guy sitting one row up and across from us on our flight to Panama. I didn’t notice him for the first two hours of the flight. As the flight progressed and he drank more, he became increasingly louder and his Texas accent became thicker and thicker. He was a big old country boy. I heard him ask the attendant for another bourbon. Then I heard him say “That’s right, I want another bourbon”. It was funny watching him get drunk.
We landed in Panama and grabbed a cab into the city. Jaynie had reserved a hostel in town. This was going to be our first time staying in a hostel and I was a little nervous about it. We arrived in the late evening and were greeted by a nice woman who knew Jaynie’s name and spoke only Spanish. She showed us our private room, the bathroom, and kitchen that we would be sharing with other guests. I was very happy with it. Our room and bathroom were very clean. We had a light and a ceiling fan with four speeds. Loud, louder, very loud and super loud.
We decided to walk down the street and found a little place to eat but they didn’t serve beer or wine. I went next door to the store and bought a bottle of white wine. We drank it out of paper cups with our dinner.
The hostel had a nice patio upstairs with a hammock and table and chairs. We played a few games of Backgammon. We only saw a couple of other guests for a minute or so. We were both really tired from the long travel day and went to bed early. I lay in bed thinking about how this trip was going to go. We have never traveled without an itinerary and I am a little nervous about it.
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