When we first checked into the hostel, Monica was still back in San Jose, Costa Rica and so the rest of us were able to just fit into a cozy room for four. Our room has two bunk beds. Since Abeja and I were too slow, the two of us got stuck with the top bunks while Shawn and Kavitha snatched the bottom ones. Monica has since joined us and she's having fun chatting with her new roommates. In the evening, our room is a wreck with computer equipment, clothes and books scattered about and hardly any place to walk or sit.
Right now there are travelers from many countries staying in the hostel such as Norway, Germany, Israel, Denmark, Canada, Scotland, France etc. Many of them are stuck here in Panama City because they're trying to catch a boat to Columbia. We've all put up signs at the Yacht Club and talked to people in the central market in hopes of finding a cheap ride, or work on a boat out of here. In the meantime, we must wait patiently. Passing the time is made easier because there's a small collection of books in the hostel that anyone is welcomed to read. A sign posted states that you can read anything while in the hostel, but if you wish to take a book with you, you must leave one in return. This works out nicely for visitors who have finished one book and are looking to trade it for another. But as if talking to people from around the world and reading from a free library weren't entertaining enough, every night at 6:30 and again at 11:00 a gathering forms around the television as voyagers from around the world come to watch...The Simpsons. It airs in the English language version and is not only hilarious to watch with such a diverse crowd, but can also be a meaningful way for foreigners to improve their English while traveling.
Another day goes by and we Trekkers eagerly await a call from a captain of a ship or the owner of a private yacht just like the so many others in the hostel. Fortunately the Voyager Youth Hostel is a safe and comfortable place to rest up for now, despite our uncertainty of what the next couple of weeks will bring.
Team - HELP! Does Anyone Know How To Get Out Of Panama?!?
Shawn - Panama: The Fifty-first State
Kavitha - American Involvement in Panama: A Just Cause but an Unjust Result
Monica - Twenty-Two Reptiles, Toucans, and a Thousand Plants: Biodiversity in Panama
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