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Casco Viejo in a nutshell

When I think about Cuba, I think about old school American vehicles, good Cuban food, exiles and a crazy dictator. Apply this to Panama and there are similar thoughts … except replace the good Cuban food with international food. Of the three areas, I visited in Panama City, the only one where alcohol was not involved was Casco Viejo, Panama City’s quaint, compact, colonial-era …

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Bellagio in 5 hours ..

The hotels in Las Vegas are specifically built and engineered to keep you inside as long as possible, all in the hopes of extracting the maximum sum of money from your already endangered pockets. The Bellagio is one of the ultra posh hotels on the Vegas strip but it more known for its fabulous water fountain show on the Strip. …

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9 things Vegas is not …

after yet another weekend in Vegas … I have carefully analyzed the facts and determined that only certain types of people will enjoy Vegas. Vegas is not …. for people who don’t like to walk. Seriously! The strip is huge, the hotel are huge and if you do not bring comfortable running shoes, you will die. Ok maybe you won’t …

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So you’re in Panama … and you want to get drunk …

no suprises, of course! There are three main touristy areas in Panama City that you could do, but only two places that will be absolutely thumping! Calle Uruguay is a neighborhood filled with bars and discos for wealthy Panamanians and foreigners. We went along the street twice in our three days and I would liken the scene to a “West …

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A Trini, a Thai and a Russian walk up to a Panamanian bartender …

then you can pretty much add any ending to that joke you would like. Panama has definitely not been on my bucket list of destinations. Panama’s claims to fame in my mind have the been The Panama Hat (which btw, isn’t even Panamanian – it’s a traditional brimmed hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw …

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Are there ferries in Ferryland?

So you’re in Newfoundland, and a couple thoughts might pass through your head, such as “Ok, I expect to have the best fish and chips around, since these people know their fish” “I feel like scotch, since this place looks like what I imagined Wuthering Heights to look like when I was in my form 3 English Literature class” “Am …

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La Fortuna Waterfalls : Arenal (Cataratas La Fortuna)

Waterfalls are always a good time … if not for the swimming and the pictures you can take while at the waterfalls, usually the process is somewhat painless, some stiff walking and you’re there in no time. The La Fortuna Waterfall is no different and offers a nice little adventure and some wonderful scenery. The waterfall is located about 5 1/2 kilometers …

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Hot Springs in Arenal

The hot springs around Arenal are definitely one of the highlights of going to Arenal. We spent a couple hours at Baldi’s … The Baldi Hot Springs are easily the most expansive hot spring facilities in the Arenal Volcano area. There are many different walking paths and gardens, and there is a combination of large and small pools with cascading …

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When going is as good as coming?

After all the fun of a random night of barhopping  in Tamarindo Beach, which consisted of going from the Pacifico Bar to Sharkeys, who knew that the real fun was to come. To get my flight from San Jose back to St Louis through Houston, I had to get from Tamarindo Beach to San Jose in less than 6 hours …

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Zip-lining over Monteverde Cloud Forest …

With the best intentions after a long night of drinking and watching the volcano erupt last night, we got on the road at 9.30am to Monteverde. Saying bye to Freddie and Teresa was hard … only after 36 hours, they treated Lev and I like family … they definitely made Arenal better than we ever could imagine. Getting from Arenal to Monteverde is …

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