The Red Devils

No, this isn’t a post about Manchester United.

After posting about the buses in London, I thought Panama’s “Diablos Rojos” deserved a mention.  I don’t have any photos of my own but found lots on the Net, including this one on another blog.


These are old yellow school buses imported from the US and “redecorated.” The volume of the salsa music blaring out of every orifice has to be heard to be believed. The buses are a very colorful part of life in Panama, especially in Panama City.

They still use these old buses to some extent in Costa Rica as well, but the Ticos don’t decorate them – or play the loud music! Panamanians in general are noisy.  When I first moved there, I thought that many people who were just speaking to each other were arguing!

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4 Responses to The Red Devils

  1. theninthdragonking says:

    This is so awesome! I haven’t seen those buses in such a long time, that picture brought a big smile to my face 🙂 and the comment about thinking that people were arguing was quite funny…..and quite true.

  2. thebarrowboy says:

    The Lingua Franca blog (see link on the front page of this blog) has a lot of good photos of Panama City.

  3. Nate says:

    hey thanks for the tip about Lingua Franca. Those are some amazing pictures of so many places I’ve not seen in a very long time I’d almost forgotten what they looked like.

    Btw, about people being scare to go out because of riots during the elections? That’s something that has always happen and sadly, I don’t think it would never stop. and yes, it is far worst on the capital than on rural areas.

  4. thebarrowboy says:

    I just hope that things will change as the years pass, with the new generations that never knew the dictatorship.

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