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 So In my previous post I said I would talk about my trip to Panama, but I think I'll just mention a few things that happened to make it a bit easier.  I'll use bullet points even.  
  • We got caught in a tourist trap as soon as we got there, and some douche driver decided to charge us $20 a day (for each person) every time he took us anywhere.  He was supposed to be a friend of the family, some friend eh?  
  • The beach was beautiful, and a guy riding a horse on the beach kept trying to get me to ride the  Anyone who knows me knows I'm deathly afraid of horses.  I'm not sure why, but I always have been.  Anyway the guy was like "You scared amiga?  Don't be scared!  You want ride the horsie."  To which I just kept shaking my head
  • Lots of communication issues due to the fact that my Spanish is pretty awful.  Luckily for most of the trip we did have Spanish speakers with us during the duration of the trip.
  • At one point the relative who hired douche driver had us waiting at her cousin's house for her brother to fly in from Miami.  His plane was delayed, and they didn't know when he was coming.  After 4 hours of waiting we got tired of waiting, and asked if they could just have a shuttle take us to the resort.  
  • I really don't like Panamanian food at all, and neither did my stomach.  Everyone in our group got sick of it by the end of the trip, and had stomach issues when we got home.
  • The food I did enjoy was at this really nice Panamanian restaurant that my grandmother's sister, and her sons took us to.  The food was really good, and that's where I had that delicious hamburger (cause I'm a loser american.) 
  • The locals there were surprisingly really friendly, and would talk to you assuming you knew how to speak Spanish.  It's such a diverse country with so many different cultures that they automatically assume you speak Spanish no matter how you look.  
  • The scenery was really amazingly beautiful, and I really miss it.
  • My dad got emotional when he went to the old house he grew up in.  I've never seen him cry, but he cried when talking about it.  He told me that his mom must have went through so much to bring them to the US.  She was only 21 when she brought them to the states.
  • My sister bought lots of great souvenirs, and I bought some good stuff too despite my limited funds.
  • The disparity between the rich in the poor in Panama is huge, and you can really see it.  It was a huge wake up call for me about how much we really take for granted in the US.  There were really young kids on the street begging for money.  It was very eye opening.  
  • Electronics in Panama are really expensive, and I noticed that they had older model TV's in the resort hotel rooms.  The video games there are ridiculously expensive ($76 for a Nintendo Switch game), and even though they had a really nice looking video game shop in the mall, it was practically vacant.  
  • The family reunion was nice, and it was cool meeting family I'd never met before.  Apparently there was a relative from Germany who came all the way to Panama.  
  • Overall I had a great time despite a few issues we had.  It's a very beautiful country, and I'd like to visit it again and see more of it.  
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 I finally got back today at around noon.  Since they're time is an hour behind, and most of us didn't sleep the night before we were all super exhausted.  Our plane left at 5am this morning, and we had to be at the airport at 1am.  We caught a shuttle from the resort to the airport, and reminisced, about the trip a bit.  It was a good experience.  I wouldn't say I would go back anytime soon, but I'm glad I went.  I'll post pictures probably tomorrow when I'm more rested.  Until then I hope everyone is doing okay. 
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 My plane flies out tomorrow, and as of Tuesday night I will officially be in Panama.  We have a hold over flight in El Salvador for about an hour, and I'm taking my Gameboy to pass the time.  I'm done packing, and today I'm just going to chill, and play a few video games.  I'm really excited guys!  This will officially be the first time I'm leaving the US.  I will definitely post lots of pics of pics on my journal when I get back.  I will see you all in a week.  :)

I will be updating on my twitter if anyone wants to follow me there.  I have it locked so as soon as you add me I'll add you back as long as I know who you are. :)

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     So my trip to Panama will be a week from now, and I'm pretty excited!  I've never been outside the US before so this should be an awesome experience for me.  We'll spend the first 2 days at a hotel, and from there we go to the resort.  I believe this is some sort of family reunion so I'm looking forward to meeting family I've never met before.  My coworker told me to watch Spanish novellas to brush up on my Spanish.  

     Even if I don't get a chance to watch any I'm sure I'll do fine.  I remember a little bit of Spanish, and I was able to converse with my great grandmother when she came here to visit years ago despite her not speaking English.  I'm looking forward to doing all the touristy stuff, and seeing as much as I can see.  My parents and I are going with about 7 other family members including my sister, and a cousin I've met from Colorado who's about my age.  Needless to say I plan on enjoying my vacation, and making the most of it.

     In other news I watched Season 1 of the new Castlevania series on Netflix yesterday, and it's really good!  I really like the animation, and the plot is really good so far.  I'm also a fan of the games so this was right up my ally.  Here's a trailer.

Also I got a email yesterday about Hulu acquiring HBO which is cool.  I'm considering buying the service with my Hulu account, but only after I come back from the trip.  Apparently the first month is free so that's why I'm waiting until after I get back from the trip to decide if I want to do it or not. 


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I'm a 32 year old woman. I'm an artist, and I'm into the Gothic subculture. Things that I enjoy include but are not limited to 80's Music, Reading, Drawing, Animation, Playing bass guitar, Gothic rock, indie music, horror films, anime, comics, video games, and sci-fi novels. I don't know what I'd do without music, and art. I listen to Siouxsie and the Banshees way more than I should.