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Guest Post: Pemberton Music Festival

This is a guest post by Amanda Palmer, a Vancouver-based video/photo shooter with an infectious energy. Amanda has lived across Canada and once traveled holding down a different job every week for a whole summer. Follow Amanda’s adventures on instagram @amandalcam

“Music Festivals.
They are crazy. They are messy. They are inspiring.

A few years ago, when some friends and I joined the masses at Coachella, it was hot, crowded and frantic.  I swear we spent more time in search of water and each other than we actually did listening to the music. So this year when my husband and I snagged VIP tickets to the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, we went in with the attitude of let it happen. No rushing to stages, no worrying about seeing absolutely everything and most importantly: no cranky pants. We promised to explore the grounds, the crowds and the bands at our own pace and without expectation. Read more…

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Alajuela, Costa Rica

Trip Notes: Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela was our last stop. Really, it was just meant to be a spot near the airport to have a shower and a snooze before catching our flights home. But the city turned out to be incredibly photogenic. The brightly lit streets were filled with students, colourful murals and impressive colonial architecture (also, we stumbled on a perfect, little taqueria—Jalapeños Central). Sorry for the low-expectations Alajuela, you really are a beauty! Read more…

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Trip Notes: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

I can’t describe the Costa Rican town of Puerto Viejo without resorting to cliches— white sand beaches, jungle-lined roads made for biking, fresh Caribbean food and plenty of sunshine—it’s got them all, and in the best possible way. In the way that makes you forget that life could be anything but a sun-dappled ride from morning yoga to the beach, followed by home-made peanut butter ice cream. It’s too much, gloriously so!  Read more…

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Trip Notes: Panamá/Costa Rica border

Here are a few tips that might make the crossing a little smoother:

• Be breezy, people will point you in the right direction generally since signage is scarce.

• You’ll be doing the actual border crossing on foot (even if you are continuing by the same bus you arrived on) so heavy backpacks or luggage will be a pain and might get searched. Read more…

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Trip Notes: Öribë Chocolate Farm, Panamá

Our visit started out a little rocky, as we tried to sort out a ride from Almirante port to the farm, located in the jungly hills near by. But after we befriended some locals, and they made a few phone calls, we managed to catch a free ride on a crowded mini bus. About half an hour later, the bus doors flew open and we were greeted by our smiling guide ‘Jack’ at the entrance. He pushed some walking sticks into our hands, and we quickly realized we’d need them as we trekked up the steep hillside. Read more…

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Trip Notes: Bocas del Toro, Panamá (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1…

Colon
Bocas Town
on Colon island is the commercial hub of the area, buzzing day and night with visitors and locals alike, as well as an impressive range of accommodations, restaurants and nightlife. First stop might be, dinner at Raw for sushi and tapas with fresh, local flavours (also try the life-changing passion fruit mojito!) or grab a bite at the relaxed Indi Lounge. On another day, chill in a hammock over the water after lunch at Casa Verde or shop for organic delicacies (though at a steep price) at Super Gourmet. Read more…

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Trip Notes: Polo’s Beach, Panamá

One day while staying on Bastimentos Island in the Bocas del Toro area of Panamà, Julie and I set out in search of a local legend. We’d heard about a man named Polo who had staked out an area now know as Polo Beach for 65 years. He lived alone but welcomed company and would prepare a meal for anyone who happened to be by (and had $5 to spare). The hike from our tent lodge was pleasant though long and scorching hot. We traipsed along the beach and through jungly brush not really knowing if we’d find anything, until we spotted a sun-bleached sign tacked to a coconut tree “polo bihe [sic] / agua de coco / comida / cerveza”. Yes. Read more…

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Trip Notes: Bocas del Toro, Panamá (Part 1)

I have a thing for islands. There is something about the isolation that preserves a sort of microcosm, in a way the mainland cannot. The Bocas del Toro archipelago sounded like the ideal place to taste Panamanian island life. The flavour is a melange of Caribbean, native and Panamanian with a good dose of adventurous backpacker mixed in. Much of the action as you might imagine centres around the water taxi stations where wobbly colourful boats zip in and out, and between the scattered islands at surprising speeds. Read more…

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