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The view looking off our amazing balcony.

Lisa celebrated her birthday in Bocas del Toro. Kevin was in scuba class for the first part of the day so Lisa relaxed on the balcony of their hostel room. She then joined Kevin for a couple of dives through La Buga Dive Center.   We both had a blast as Lisa dove through a variety of caves off the coast of Panama and Kevin continued his open water dive course. That night we splurged on a festive dinner of Indian food. Incidentally, the owner of the restaurant was also celebrating her birthday on the 29th. We sat on the balcony until a downpour started and the wind blew the rain under the roof filling our plates with water. A friendly group of two Argentinians, a Canadian, and a Panamanian took pity on us and invited us to join their table inside the restaurant for the rest of our meal. I must say that there aren’t many places in the US where strangers invite a couple they don’t know to join their already full table. We had a great time chatting with them and hope to meet up again when we get to Argentina.

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After dinner we ended our night at one of the local hangouts called the Bookstore listening to live music. The band played everything from reggae to covers like sitting on the dock of the bay.image

Our final day in Bocas del Toro was also spent scuba diving. Kevin finished his PADI open water certification and Lisa went on “fun dives” to a few beautiful coral reefs. There were plenty of vibrant fish and colorful coral to view as we were swept along with the currents.   We had wonderful days diving on both of our afternoons in Bocas.

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Kevin with his instructor, Leandro

Kevin making friends

Kevin making friends

The next morning we were up by 5:15am to catch a water taxi to a regular taxi, followed by a 12 hour bus ride to get to Panama City. Needless to say, we were happy to arrive in the city and relax at our hostel.

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So many beautiful places to eat a meal or get a drink

One of the fire dancers performing during a dinner in Bocas

One of the fire dancers performing during a dinner in Bocas

The view from our favorite happy hour location, which also happened to be attached to our room!

The view from our favorite happy hour location, which also happened to be attached to our room!

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