Bus to Guayaquil and a hospital stay in Panama

First off I am fine. Sitting here at the Courtyard Marriott in Panama City, Panama. We were supposed to fly home yesterday but my blood pressure spiked on the plane and I may have also eaten something that my stomach didn’t like and it revolted. Needless to say I was very sick on the plane including almost uncontrollable tremors. Anyway, Copa Airlines really took care of me. Went to the clinic in the airport and when they couldn’t get my blood pressure down they arranged for ambulance transport to a nearby hospital and had a Copa rep with us the whole time who then arranged our taxi, hotel stay and new tickets for our flight out today. I got an IV to calm the nausea and blood pressure issues and deal with the dehydration. All in all a good experience. I highly recommend Copa, plus they picked up the hospital tab as well…a whopping $2 for everything including the ambulance! The hospital waived the medication fee. If we get tired of Cuenca we’re coming to Panama!

Feeling better at the hospital in Panama. Julietta (pronounced hoo-lee-etta) and I. She is a gem!
Feeling better at the hospital in Panama. Julietta (pronounced hoo-lee-etta) and I. She is a gem!

So we took the bus to Guayaquil, Super Semaria, from the Terminal Terrestre in Cuenca. $16 for the 3.5 hour trip. A much better experience than the van we took to Cuenca. Much, much better. Lots of leg room, a bathroom, that I didn’t use but observed they kept locked and only allowed women to use! Yeah, Chet found that out when they stopped the bus and all the men had to file out and stand by the side of the road. Glad I only heard about it as I was asleep. They also played a movie, some violent Thor type picture in Spanish so I skipped that too but if that’s your thing you’ll enjoy it.

On the road to Guayaquil
On the road to Guayaquil
Love the view of the mist on the mountains
Love the view of the mist on the mountains
Our too cute neighbor on the bus, checking Chet out!
Our too cute neighbor on the bus, checking Chet out!

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Little towns along the way to Guayaquil
Little towns along the way to Guayaquil
Banana groves along the road to Guayquil
Banana groves along the road to Guayquil
More banana groves...
More banana groves…
living conditions of some in Ecuador can be difficult to see
living conditions of some in Ecuador can be difficult to see
a small tienda/restaurant
a small tienda/restaurant
another little restaurant
another little restaurant

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3.5 hours later we reach Guayaquil, a good trip on the bus and a safe driver!
3.5 hours later we reach Guayaquil, a good trip on the bus and a safe driver!

Finishing up this post at the Panama City airport. Soon we will be back in Alabama. Already feeling like home is in Cuenca but there is still much to do in Foley. Hasta Luego!

 

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3 thoughts on “Bus to Guayaquil and a hospital stay in Panama

  1. Keely says:

    Oh my that must have been scary, but grateful for the airline’s support! Thank Jehovah! Glad you’re doing better though!

  2. Beth says:

    So glad you both are feeling better! May Jehovah continue with you. You guys are awesome. How encouraging to us all! 😝😀

  3. Jodie says:

    What a wonderful experience, even the airplane drama! You got a taste of Panama.
    Welcome home my friends. Talk to you when you’re done jet lagging!

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