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Getting Around

May 19, 2013

Walking around Panama City, I was surprised to see this odd sculpture of a woman on her knees in front of a fountain. It appears to be made of wire. Then I noticed the name of the hotel which is the name of the city I lived in while in Nicaragua.

IMG_2900 A few blocks from our apartment and next to the Wyndham Veneto hotel and casino I noticed this sign which says rooms and girls.  I am thinking “what”? but then I see another sign that says erotic massages and then I think “oh”!  Kinda blatant.IMG_2899

This is a wooden paper towel holder in another hotel – the Marriott I think. It was unusual and very pretty. IMG_2889IMG_2886Here is my new lime squeezer, I love the fresh limes here and use them with oil instead of vinegar on my salads.

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Here is my closest bus stop on Via España There are very nice, new, air-conditioned buses that run fairly frequently but the stops are pretty far apart compared to Boston for example.  The buses are clean and the ride is only $.25.

The buses are usually very crowded and you are often smashed up against someone. There are metal turn-style gates when you get on and when you get off. You must use a metro bus card – it is a prepaid plastic card, and when you put it against the “reader” it flashes a green light and says how much money is left on your card. At that point you can turn the gate to move into the bus.IMG_2998  You cannot use cash so if your card is out of money sometimes another person will use theirs to get you through the metal gate and you give them a quarter. I love riding the bus as you can see so much as you travel to your destination.  Since I seem to have bad taxi karma, and the traffic is so awful, I prefer to walk if possible or take a bus. Taxi rides are usually $2 per ride (not per person as in Nicaragua) as long as you are in the city.

IMG_2990Yesterday I did end up taking a taxi after waiting for a bus for 20 minutes.  I met a friend at Parillada Jimmy’s – a Panama City restaurant icon.  It lived up to its reputation. We sat on the huge outside porch which with ceiling fans was very comfortable. IMG_3016 I ordered Corvina Jimmys, a local fish with a garlic and oil sauce, and my friend had corvina with a Spanish tomato sauce.  And wine of course, the white wine is often served in a glass that looks like a champagne glass.  It was a wonderful experience. IMG_3017

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