El Valle and Bambu Bar
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Sunday morning Bruce and I packed our bags and headed out on our 2 day road trip to the mountains and beaches.
We first went to a beach just northwest of Panama City - i´ll have to put the name in here later. We sat out on a deck and had corvina sandwiches and a lemonade.
Then we started our drive inland and upward - into the mountains and what I thought was a valley but turns out it is a volcanic crater. We hit the little town of El Valle. Upon arrival, we strolled through the market looking for arts and crafts. Some good stuff, but I also wanted to wait and do my heavy shopping at the end of the trip.
After the market, the real adventure began - we crossed the street and went into the bar "El Bambu".
We stayed there for an hour or two, mostly talking to Miguelito and a couple other guys. We mostly stood outside, because inside the warehouse smelled awful, as you might imagine.
Miguelito then took us to the other bar in town - to get there, Bruce and I drove, following Miguelito on his bicycle. i have a great picture of this, I think. The next bar was arguably worse. No windows, stuffy hot as hell, smelly.
I would have loved to take a picture of these places, but was a bit self conscious given the crowds. You´ll just have to use your imagination. But very colorful, local bars. Awesome.
We then made our way up to our hotel called Casa de Lourdes. This is a neat little hotel built and owned by Lourdes, a French woman. We had a nice room, and spectacular dinner out on the patio by the pool. What a great setting - and a far cry from El Bambu!
We called it an early night tonight, and I was in bed by 10pm!