I started my road trip Thursday at midnight, the witching hour with the Midnight express bus from David Panama to Panama City. I considered doing something sane like waiting for the morning but I like the express, get on the bus and sleep. As my daughter says, it is time travel, you enter in David and wake up in Panama City. This time I was glad I had taken a winter coat on the bus because it was so cold I needed my Montreal wardrobe. Still I did sleep and the bus arrived at the terminal in Panama City at 5:30 AM, a bit early.
Before the bus left David there was a bit of a flurry in the Terminales de David waiting room and twenty people showed up looking to get onto an already full bus. The employees told them that of they could find ten more people they would add a second bus. I boarded before seeing the outcome but the lesson is clear by your ticket early in the day.
My first surprise of the day was the $3 cab ride to the Milan Hotel when I fully expected to be told we will hold your bags come back at 3 pm for a room. Not so I was given a room and had an excellent siesta until almost noon. Life is good.
Tomorrow morning at 5:30 AM it is off to Tocumen time and another adventure in the skies. I wonder if Mexicana Airlines serves Tequila with breakfast?