Only in Panama (Porn to raise Hell)   34 comments

Thanks Simon. http://skipperphotography.dk/ Check out this blog

Thanks Simon. http://skipperphotography.dk/ Check out this blog

I like to travel and see the world.
I enjoy meeting new people and seeing things we wouldn’t normally see, but it’s those one off characters that you meet along the way while traveling that brings a little smile to the face and makes you say “That could only happen here”!

In the small city of David close to the border of Costa Rica we wait for our guide who will take us on a tour of the surrounding countryside. This is where we meet one shady looking funny geezer. We are here in Panama for the first of our visa runs but also to bump into characters like this.

He stands near by smoking his cigarette then approaches our small group of obvious tourists whilst digging a wallet from his pocket. He’s showing us an old, battered picture. Maybe his wife, girlfriend or children. No, none of that nonsense in Panama. He holds out his favourite hard-core porn picture. Maybe this is’t such a bad thing. In the case of such a national tragedy happening as this man getting macked by a big bus, they could scoop the rest of him into a nice little sandwich bag, open his wallet and discover that he was in fact male. No need for ID just some x rated pics. Who cares about his name anyway, the man has porn and that’s the kind of heirloom that every man wants. Or maybe that’s just here.

We would later see a black 4×4 in the city centre cruising by the market vendors with a large man kneeling down in the back. A sudden stop and he’s onto the pavement with his shotgun grabbing what must be hundreds of cigarettes from someone before casually leaping back in and hitting the road. We thought we’d just witnessed a robbery but this was the police and there way of controlling the black market. No paper work needed, just frighten the shit out of them with an unmarked drive-by. Would you ask a monster with a shotgun for his police ID?

It was when we were at the border and in the process of leaving Panama when we passed one of the craziest characters I’ve ever seen. Not one of the craziest, most definitely the craziest! We were on our way to get some cheap whiskey when we passed this nutter wearing an unbuttoned military shirt, black baseball cap and dishing abuse at no one in particular while brandishing a large silver pistol. I’m no gun expert but this thing looked heavy duty. On our way back I had my camera phone at the ready to take a very cheeky wee picture of this mad man but he was nowhere to be seen. In place there now stood a noticeable number of armed police officers. Wish I could have witnessed the events that transpired and God do I wish I had a picture of this lunatic! Maybe Simon got one?

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34 responses to “Only in Panama (Porn to raise Hell)

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  1. Who knows if we’ll meet up to bump into more strange characters like this one Andy! Keep up the good work and thanks for all the links :)

  2. Very descriptive, Andy. I felt like I was there all the way through. I had a few chuckles when I read about the guy who had some hardcore porn pic in place of his ID in his wallet. Yes, I agree that such thing on a fair scale are attributed to the men folk. But then, the dude is really a whacko. Seems like a bully to me too.

    Nice post.

  3. So glad I found this blog! Made me laugh out loud. Perhaps, we should all carry some sort of porno-pic in our wallets for ID purposes.

  4. That’s some day out. You don’t get a tour like that through any guide book.

    Thank you for coming to visit.

  5. Hey Andy, Thanks for checking out my blog and responding to my content! We appear to be a couple of wily Scotsmen off to see the world. (I’m second generation Canadian but both my Highland grandfathers were illegitimate…just for cred.) Your travels have taken you further afield than mine so I appreciate your large writing talent. Well spoken under every circumstance, honest and self-deprecating, thanks for letting me tagalong. Great pics, too! What a really good blog should be like. Happy trails, Reid

  6. Thank you so much. I have many friends in Edinburgh with the name Reid and now I have one more! Canada is definetly on my ‘to visit’ list ,but not sure when. Your comment has really made my day and I hope you will enjoy my future posts when I start traveling again.

    • Canada needs more Scotsmen…even itinerant ones. Come in the summer and don’t miss the prairies. I’d dig showing you the vast and subtle plains. Who knows what kind of trouble we could get into…

  7. Maybe the photo are like the sports trading cards we exchanged and gambled with as kids. lol

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  9. As a third-generation Scottish-Canadian, to a real Scotsman, when he’s home long enough to change his sporran, I want to thank you for venturing into my section of the blog-woods, and signing up to follow my posts. I hope you continue to find my work interesting, educational and amusing. Scottish shortbreads coming in two days.

    • I sold some shortbread in Costa Rica. Couldn’t find Irn Bru though so I had to print out an Irn Bru label and glue it onto a bottle of Fanta. Sold it by the glass! Love following your blog and I hope you enjoy mine.

  10. now that would have been a great photo

    • It really would have been! Maybe I will go back there and find him so that I can get my photo, but I have a feeling he may be in jail by now. If he’s not, then I think he should be!
      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog. I hope you can enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy yours :-)

  11. Andy, thank you for visiting Gwichyaa Zhee. You have a most interesting blog!

  12. Thanks Dave! You have such amazing photos up and it is a good read. Another part of the world I have to visit!

  13. I think I need to visit Panama just to be entertained…great story, Andy. Thanks for stopping by and following Travel Oops! Cheers, Steph.

  14. You really should, but remember to take your porn ID! Great part of the world and I look forward to heading back out that way soon. Thanks for the views and comment Steph and I have enjoyed reading your blog.

  15. Aloha,

    Thanks much for following!! I’m adding the link to Pet Sitter Diaries below. Sometimes people get confused and subscribe to my business, Doggie Paddles. That site is boring and has many notifications everytime I change my prices or re site.

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    Thanks again,
    Pam

    Pet Sitter Diaries - Pacific Tales
  16. if that’s porn you must have pretty good eyesight! and so must he.

    • This is a photo taken from a few meters away of an old, well used, tattered wallet containing an equally tattered porn picture. If you really need to see it then click onto the photo and I think it will give you a closer view. It’s more about the story surrounding the picture to be honest. Maybe I can return and tell him to get some better porn in there.
      My new title: Andy Ritchie, Porn Inspector :-)

      Thanks for stopping by.

  17. hilarious. and love the pictures.

  18. Thankyou! Glad you like it. I was fortunate to be with a friend who loves taking pictures or that moment could have been lost forever! :-)

  19. Sounds like quite the experience.

  20. This is hysterical – just woke my kid up snorting with laughter. It’s attractive (but not as attractive as those wallet pics…!)

    • Thank you! Sorry that you woke your kid up though but it’s nice to hear that my wee posts can trigger that kind of response. I’m busy writing about my donkeys but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to posting it. I do really like reading your blog too. When I have time I can be a bit of a blog junkie!

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