Sunday, 17 August 2008

Puerto Lindo, Panama

Dame tu dinero o te voy a matar! DAME TU DINERO O TE VOY A MATAR!

Give me your money or I'm going to kill you!

Lucky I didn't know enough Spanish to understand what he was shouting. On a dark Sunday night, on a quiet country road, the town's cocaine addict had a shot at relieving me and my pal, Matt, of our money. A strong, shirtless black guy, he came out of nowhere, held what we thought was a machete and pulled me to the ground. He got nothing in the end, 'cept arrested.

'Lindo' is the Spanish word for lovely or pretty. For me, not so much.