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Published: December 17th 2007
Old Church and Watch Tower
Thanks to the photo from John because it was raining I didn´t take my camera - turns out it rains every afternoon.
Firstly, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
Well this is weird, 2 weeks out from Christmas and just starting to see decorations going up and I don’t have a clue who I will be with? At least last year away from home I already had a new work family and plans for the week. Anyway, this isn’t about me.
It is to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Panama, much more than a canal!
By first accounts after having a huge headache on the plane, it was a nice city. Stayed in backpackers and felt safe walking around town. Checked out the Ancient City and was quite cool, even though it was a rainy day, and saw Punte del Rey, the oldest bridge in the Americas. The next day walked to Old City area (where the AncientCity moved to) and checked out a couple of museums, one with stuffed animals which for a USD1 can’t go wrong (it was air conditioned), the Canal Museum, the National Park and finally the Miraflora Locks of Panama Canal. Had some more cheap food and headed home. At one stage, the taxi
Oldest bridge in the Americas
Puenta Del Rey, thanks for the photo John
and oncoming traffic changed to driving on the right side of the road??? Still don’t know what went on there.
Now, I might have to change my mind about a safe city. I still feel ok but looking back on some weird things…. 1 - a guy slipped in behind safety door at hostel I think following a lady looked very suss, 2 - a local warned us walking around old city ‘mucho peligroso - mafia’ ie very dangerous mafia, then taxi driver taking down side streets next to suburb where (hand signals) we would get shot in the head, he would get shot in leg and money stolen, 3 - saw two police arrests within about 10-20m, one with guns, 4 - another guy acting really suss following us closely walking around. Maybe any of these could’ve been bad with let wits or a bit more wrong place wrong time.
Bottom line, met up with couple of Aussie guys and did self touring so saw heaps more than just the canal. Was very cheap city even if we were apparently getting ripped off by taxis, and didn’t have anything bad happen so I rated it.
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