March 8: Plan B, Isla Taboga
Audaciously we wake up early and go to the airport even if we don't have a ticket: we want to fly to Puerto Obaldia and go to Colombia from there but it's all booked so we hope in passengers to not show up to get their spot. Once there we put our names on the waiting list but the flight is late and instead of leaving at 8.30am now it's at 2.30pm... bummer... We find a nice cafe with wifi and comfy armchairs to spare the hours... Back to the airport at 2pm and we discover that all the passengers have diligently checked in so now we pass to plan B: take the fast boat to Isla Taboga, 30 min away from Panama City but still a tropical paradise... At least we've been told. Taxi to Balboa Yatch Club and fast boat to the island, $7. At 3.30 we are there, it looks nice, it's full of flowers, but there's nobody around...? We find a room w bath with a local guy, $30, clean and with two hammocks on the front porch with sea view...wait! What are those tanks over there and all those cargo boats? Ah, they are just extracting oil on the island in front of us! No way... And talking about oil my backpack is all oily because a bottle spilled in it and I need to wash everything... I thought my bad day was yesterday!
After a while we walk to the supermarket, there's no fresh fruit and little veggies but we manage to get something decent for dinner: all the restaurants are closed and there's really nobody around apart from kids playing, it's surreal, it's almost like some sort of disaster happened 5yrs ago and now the island is abandoned: buildings falling apart and random trash... Who told us again about this island? After dinner we go to the hotel next door to have a beer and use their wifi and at 9.15pm they told us that we had to leave because they were closing so I had the rest of my beer to go...bizzarre...
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