Aye, some trip that, what an experience.
Spent an evening and night in Leiden on the way out, nice place, better option than going into Amsterdam.
Panama City was nice, interesting sights, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Miraflores Locks, the Causeway. Doubt I've sweated so much at a football match in my life though and that includes all the ones I played in. That was some pre game show by the Panamanians too.
Stayed in La Fortuna in Costa Rica for three nights. Could see a volcano from my hotel room door, swam in waterfalls, kayaked past crocodiles, hiked volcano trails, walked hanging bridges over a forest canopy, watched a family of monkeys swing through the trees, saw sloths, odd red and blue frogs, snakes, iguanas, etc. Brilliant area to stay in, so much to do, and going by other people's photos and stories it's not the only area in the country like that. Would definitely like to go back and do a bit more of Costa Rica some time.
Locals (and Venezuelans, who seemed to make it up most of the bar staff in Panama) were superb, so friendly and helpful. One example, we got a taxi from La Fortuna to La Fortuna waterfall a few miles outside of the town. When we got there the taxi driver wouldn't take any money but gave us his phone number, said to give him a call when we were ready to go back, he'd come pick us up and we could pay him then.
Had some lovely craft beer which was unexpected.
San Jose was a bit of a kip as hughes18 says, (ATMs shut down at 10pm to try to cut down on robberies) but by that point I'd already done more than expected on the trip so it didn't really matter. Couple of brilliant days' and nights' crack on the piss in San Jose around the Costa Rica game.
Decent performance vs Panama, lacked any quality in the final third. Costa Rica were better than Panama, NI played very poorly, odd kick off time and the conditions were not a good combination for the the second game. Hard to see what MON learned from the two games but that's probably not the point.
26 hours door to door to get home.