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Tica Bus to Panama City

Tica Bus to Panama City

Rode the Tica Bus from San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City yesterday. Good ride. Comfortable bus service. I wrote Travel Tip #6- Avoid International Bus and Train Services earlier to warn against the economic disadvantage of taking international bus services, but I found that these quick, direct buses in Central America are not that much more expensive. I paid $26 to make Panama City in 15 hours. I probably would have dropped $22 and twice as many hours to take my usually well heeded local buses. Another advantage of the Tica Bus was that I could ride it over night and saved money that otherwise probably would have went towards a bed.

So in the end, the international bus service saved me a couple dollars. I was also really feeling a good jump coming on, so I went down to Panama City as quick as I could!

When it comes down to it, Tica Bus is a good service. As momma of the boarding house says, ¨Tice Bus, que lindo!¨ If the boarding house momma, who is afraid of Chinese people, says that something is nice and not scary, it is really not scary. Tica Bus, que lindo.

I am in Panama City now, watching the CNN news broadcast a story about the winter storms that are hitting my family´s home right now. ¨Freezing rain and sleet.¨I am sweating in Panama. Suckers.

I don´t know why everybody is not in Panama.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Panama City, Panama
February 22, 2008

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3165 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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