In the month of June, my sister and I boarded our long-awaited flight to Panama.
The country in Central America, not the city in Florida.
‘Why Panama?’ You may be wondering… Well, my best friend (Anya, for those of you who don’t know already) lives there with her family. So basically, we chose Panama because we had a free place to stay. And because who wouldn’t want to at least see what Panama has to offer when such an amazing opportunity arises?
I will say that it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Leading up to the trip, I thought I would be stepping foot into a place that was either like Hawaii, or like Mexico. But I was very wrong, and it reminded me of neither destination. Panama has a culture all it’s own.
City life, the Panama Canal, swampy rivers, rainforest, humidity, thunderstorms, exotic creatures and Spanish that was spoken much too fast for me and my high school level to comprehend. That’s what I experienced in Panama.
Of course, I loved every second of it because I was able to spend it with my best friend and my sister (who is also my best friend).
It is truly a time that I will never forget. I was able to visit a small island on the Pacific Ocean with clear, blue water and cute, narrow streets that were lined with authentic food. I took a boat ride through the biggest canal in the world (the Panama Canal), all the while, stopping to feed wild monkeys that were swinging from the trees. I jumped into a swampy part of the river, only to be told after I got out that a crocodile was sighted nearly thirty yards away the previous day. I got to jump off of small waterfalls. I met new people. I got to experience the life of the Embera tribe (a native group of people who speak their own language and live ruraly). Then I was caught in a full-blown thunder storm on our boat ride home, where, for the first time, every inch of me got wet (from rain), without having to take a shower.
I would not have changed even one thing about my trip. And I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and adventures.
I filmed and made a short video of each aspect, just so everyone could see the true beauty of traveling somewhere new. You can watch it here
Where do you want to travel? And why haven’t you done it yet?
As always, thank you for reading. Love all. Love Madeline. xx
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If you’re planning to visit Panama… I recommend going to
-Captain Carl’s tour
-The Embera village tour
-The Panama Canal