I was suprised with an upgrade to seat 1F and arrived on schedule around 1pm at Tocumen and was greeted by John the lodge owner and Mel his driver. Jack, Rich, and Frank were also on the same flight but jumped in the Veneto shuttle. Seemed like they were in a hurry. I waited a little bit longer with John for Gary to arrive from Miami and we were off to the Veneto for the nite. I also found that i was bunking with Rich for the trip, after checking in I went right across the street and got a prepaid cell phone to use for the trip. Headed back to hotel and had some sushi as a snack because John was taking us out to Dinner at 8pm. Some of the other anglers experienced travel delays and didnt make the dinner or the prefish day. After a shower and a nap i went to try to play craps but the tables werent open. By the time they opened them it was too close to dinner time so i never got to play. We went to eat at an Italian place that was really good. The fishing stories were very good as well. Departed next morning at 10am and the ride to Boca Chica passed more quickly than i thought and the bus was extra cold inside. Lots of scenery and a drive over the canal. We also had a anti drug inspection but were waived thru right away after giving them some cold drinks. We settled in and had dinner and cocktails and got to bed early so we could be ready to fish.