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David - Panama

Written on: Monday November 23rd, 2009

A journal entry from: Cycle Mexico - Panama

November 12th - 13th

The bus ride from San Isidro to David took about six hours. Crossing a border always takes longer than you think, even when you are going on a bus. Here we had to provide documentation proving onward travel from Panama and had to rush into an internet cafe to print it out!

As we crossed the border into Panama things seemed slightly rougher around the edges than in Costa Rica and more like the rest of Central America. However, it seems like the country`s economy might improve in the near future and tourism has already become a more reliable source of income than before (with all that comes with it....). Apart from that the country relies heavily on bananas and coffee, like many of the other Central American "banana republics". It was here in 1890 that the Snyder Brothers Banana Company was founded. This was soon taken over by the infamous US backed United Fruit Company, who expanded all through Central America and some of the South American countries.    

David was another fairly uninspiring town, in fact it was so uninspiring that we only took one picture when we were leaving from the bus station.... We left the next day hoping to reach somewhere within two days cycle of Panama City.