Oct. 1/12 – I have been told by a few local people I talked to that Panama City is a city full of banks, casinos and young pregnant girls. The high rises along the bay reminds me of Miami. Before I got here, I had been warned that Panama was a haven for cheaters. I can see how people came up with that comment after I talked to my host at my home stay for a few hours. I was told that a simple example would be a taxi ride to the same place could cost as low as $1.50 USD to as high as $15.00 USD. I had my own share of similar experience during my 4-day stay but I did meet a few nice people, though they are not as friendly, as kind and as service-oriented as those that I have met in other places.
Other than the Panama Canal, the highlight of Panama City for us was definitely the “Power Bungee” for me and the “Power Pool” for Deon inside Albright Mall. I am sure you can tell how much fun we had after you watch our video and see how loud I screamed while doing the Power Jump. Also you will notice the big smiles on Deon’s face while he was playing the Power Pool… 🙂
Deon has matured so much this year. He is totally OK with staying in by himself. As a matter of fact, he was the one who encouraged me to check out local Salsa Clubs for 2 out of the 3 nights while we were here. Actually, it was my first time ever to go into a club alone and surprisingly, it wasn’t too bad at all. Before the club got busy, I pulled out my iPhone and read the “backpacker’s bible – Lonely Planet” just like how people read in Starbucks. It’s just that I much prefer Sangria over coffee. LOL. The Salsa Club was nice but didn’t wow me. I feel so lucky and free as if I am totally single. Indeed, Deon is a bonus and not a burden at all!!
I know a stock broker who moved here from Vancouver over 3 years ago. He told me he liked it here because it felt like July for 12 months a year. But I don’t see myself coming back here because 320 degree with 100% humidity does NOT go well with Amy or Deon….
Despite the safety issues I had been warned about, we enjoyed our short stay here. We are leaving Central America today. Our next stop is Santiago (Chile) in South America where the weather is a lot nicer…. 🙂
Originally posted on Amy’s travel blog: TravelwithAmy.ca