Wednesday 11 December 2013 10 °F
Sorry I have not posted in a while, but it has been a busy, tiring, and COLD few days back here in Chicagoland. In this post, I will give an overview of the Panama Trip and announce my family's travel plans for next year!
So, on Monday, November 25 we arrived in Panama City and spent three jam-packed days in the area, having the beautiful Radisson Summit Hotel as our home base. There, we learned about the Panama Canal, gave a performance at an orphanage, and did some wonderful birdwatching in various places including the famous Pipeline Road area.
Then, on Thursday, November 28, we took a cab, a plane, and a car to the beautiful town of Boquete nestled in the high western mountains of Panama. We did a number of things there, including zip-lining, watching a fabulous parade, and sampling some of the best coffee in the world. The birdwatching was wondrous there, even though I didn't find the Respledent Quetzal (which can only be found in that region of Panama).
Next, on Tuesday, December 3, we rode on a car to another car to a bus to another bus to a boat to another boat, and FINALLY we arrived at the beautiful, secluded Bastimentos Island near Bocas del Toro in northwestern Panama. The birdwatching was great there also, although the real highlights for that leg of the trip were snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing.
Announcing our travel plans for next year...
In early-mid January, we will fly to New Zealand. After New Zealand, we will travel to Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore, and then in mid March, we will arrive back home in Chicago. It's not over then, though. In mid April, we leave for Turkey and also go to Italy, France, and England, and finally in mid May we arrive back home for the summer, and just in time for the tail end of spring bird migration in Chicago! The trips after Christmas will be a little less focused on birdwatching, but there will definitely be some great birds that I will see, and I will try to take as many photos as I can.