CenAm 2006-01-15

...where we flew from Panama City to San Jose Liberia, Costa Rica.

After flying into a horrible, unpredicted storm -- clouds up to 20,000 feet, heavy rain and flooding on the northwestern edge of Panama -- we diverted from San Jose to Liberia. The group ended up with 23 planes in 5 countries: six in Bocas del Toro, Panama; four in Limon, Costa Rica (where they got stuck); four to Liberia, Costa Rica; two to Guatemala City, Guatemala; one to Belize; at least one to Managua, Nicaragua; and five more (hey, tell me where you ended up -- didn't someone go to Honduras?!)

As we were running away from the storm, we flew by some sneaky granite . Scary stuff.

Liberia, it turns out, is smack in between a bunch of nice resorts 50km away on the coast. We stayed in Liberia. It was close...closer...to the airport. I can't really recommend it, but there is a nice steak/lobster/shrimp restaurant on the square caty-corner from the bizarre church.


Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800
Said bizzare church. Built in 1972. I feel confident in asserting that Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon made it down here.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200
The square was nice, but kind of harsh. I guess it fits with the whole 1972 thing. The BIRDS were incredible. Incredibly noisy! They were everywhere and all chattering.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 14.0 mm; 1 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800
But, it's all about the church. It was a little more traditional inside. Slightly.



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