Panama again and what a great deal through Air Transat. I got it for $2.00 plus $197.00 in taxes for a total of
$199.00 round trip, let me say thank you. I met a couple of guys on the plane that got the same deal, Sean from Calgary and Ralph from Edmonton. So we got talking about splitting a cab to Panama City and I told them it´s about $30.00 to down town so that makes it $10.00 each. First we came to my hostel and Ralph ended up staying there too so we split a room for a couple of days. Ralph also ended up renting a car so I ended up having someone to split the cost with again. The second day in Panama I was walking down a tourist area and ran into a friend from Calgary
her name is Jill and than about an hour later Sean who I met on the plane walked by too, talk about a small world.
A couple of days later Jill was telling me that she had bought a place on the Caribbean side about 20 minutes from Colon.
Wow what a beautiful place over looking the beach and forest. Jill is traveling with a couple of her girlfriends and thanks to Ralph renting a car we had a chance to go visit them.
The hostel I ended up in was fantastic and I was able to get a private room for $30.00 a night. I was in a rich
area of town I think they call it the banking part of the city three blocks from Donald Trumps tower and of course while I was there I had to drop over to Donald’s hotel and try and get a room with my website Travel Cheap With Pete. They did take my card to the manager and they said the best that we can do for you Mr. Montgomery is $169.00 for the night and I said I have to get it for $99.00 and then I will take it. The reason that I wanted to get it for
that price was I had a $5.00 bet with the owner of the hostel I was staying at. They came back and said how about we give you a tour of the hotel and I could have the use of the pool area in the morning for free and I said thanks that was greatly appreciated and I did take them up on their offer. Unfortunately I lost the bet but I got to use the pool!
Thanks To Dan from the hostel I stayed at the last time I was in Panama City for sending me to this other
hostel as his hostel was full and Dan said that since Oswald’s hostel does not have a pool I could come over to his hostel anytime to use his pool.
What a trip to Costa Rica! The travel agent my sister Carol booked me on would not allow me to make my own way to Costa Rica and said that if I didn't show up for my out going flight from Calgary that I would be a no show and that they would cancel my whole trip to Costa Rica. So in 20 hours I flew from Panama City to Winnipeg to drop off some
people and than to Calgary to go through immigration. I even had time to have a coffee with a friend that I met on my first flight to Panama over a month ago his name is Arg. We hung out a couple of times while we were down there
and man he travels more than I do, lucky guy! Arg is now house sitting my place while I am here in Costa Rica.
Then on the same plane I took from Panama we went from Calgary to Edmonton to pick up more people
and then finally on our way to Liberia, Costa Rica. It made for a real long day.
Air Transat was great with this little problem as it had nothing to do with them. They even tried to help me on something that made sense to them too as they did not understand why I had to come all the way back to Calgary since I was already down there. It was the rules of the travel agency, that should be allowed to be broken and use common sense but I digress. I will not mention the agencies name as I don’t want to put any negative stories on my website, I just want the travel people to know what is going on out there.
Ralph and I went to a under 20 women’s soccer game, Canada against Panama and our Canadian girls won 6-0 it was great and the people down there have a great time with their families. It only cost $4.00 to get in and $1.00 for a beer and home cooked food (barbeque) outside of the stadium. I have met a lot of real good people that are willing to help everyone out.
Thank you everyone I love you all and your Country.
Till next time, TravelCheapWithPete.com