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