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Panama - Getting there on Valentine's day

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Thursday, Feb 14 Valentine's day

Thursday morning, bright and early we headed out to the airport in St. John's. Having done an all-nighter, I had gotten up to date on my email and many other jobs that had been needing attention for days. I packed my suitcase carefully - hand luggage only, and had room to spare. Flight to Montreal (3 hours) and on to Washington (1 1/2 hours) were fine. Sleep hit me in the 4 hour lay over in Washington, then on board again for 6 hours to Panama City.

Big pluses with the all-nighter are the clean and organized kitchen, plants watered, carefully thought out luggage, and the ability to sleep on the planes and airports all the day of the flight. In spite of that, I forgot my camera! I took the plunge with buying an iPad in the airport, which I had been carefully considering for the last month. So,I will be trying to discover the wonders of using the iPad 32 gigs with retina display. Lets hope I can take pictures other than those of me peering into the screen.

Seems we are in "Clase Ejectiva" according to the glasses, If Con's pub served drinks like these Gin and Tonics he's be too popular or have all his patrons picked up for impaired walking after a second drink. One was enough for me. To be honest, flying sans checked luggage is pretty sweet. No wrestling with suitcases large and heavy enough to hide a body, less security lines and no panic about making a connection. I have a bet with Eldon that my luggage clocks in at less than 20 pounds. a bottle of scotch riding on this bet. I downsized from cabin luggage only for my month in Cambodia, and I am now using an even smaller 8x14x22 hand luggage only. Oh, my! such a bother to travel. No filet as promised on the menu - only jumbo prawns and asparagus! As I crack the curtain behind me, I don't think they are serving anything hot in 'steerage'. Easy to be pompous, as we are in business class on points. Next time I will be staring up from my seat in the back of the plane, like Oliver Twist, " Please, sir, may I have some more?" We arrived in Panama city at 10 p.m., and were met by Francisco, a well informed young man whose grandfather came here from Jamaica to work on the canal in 1910. He told us lots about the city, history of the canal and hot spots to see, and stopped by a local supermarket for us to stock up before delivering us to the condo on the hill. We saw that our landmark was the flag on the top of Ancon Hill. It helped us get our bearings from the city below.The Panamanian flag welcomes from the top of Ancon Hill

The Panamanian flag welcomes from the top of Ancon Hill

There is a good overview with basic facts about Panama at: http://www.travellerspoint.com/wiki_edit.cfm?title=Panama

Posted by Sue McNicholas 06:14 Archived in Panama

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