17.02.2013 - 17.02.2013
Sunday, February 17.
Today started with a climb up Ancon Hill, 3 kilometres from our residence to the top and back. It provides a spectacular view of the Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, Bridge of the Americas, Casca Antigua and of the skyscrapers of the modern city of Panama. As we walked to the top, we were passed several times by young men on sturdy bicycles - no doubt training for biking competitions. We noticed interesting and unusual flowers growing along the pathway, but have not yet identified them. Any names to offer, please?
Carolina, an employee at our building told us about a property that she bought in Chica - a village in a hilly area about an hour or more's drive north of Panama City. We had arranged for Augusto to pick us up at eleven for a drive into the area. The first 30 minutes, we drove on the highway. Then the land became very hilly and the roads became quite bad. We found beautiful views of the countryside, but the land was quite dry. We drove farther and farther into the countryside. At this point we were far more interested in a restaurant than in the scenery! We came to an area with a few houses and were happy to discover one thatched dwelling where a group of people were eating. It had a catchy name ..."Johnies" I believe! It sure looked good to all of us. We were welcomed in, and Augusto went to the kitchen to find out what choices we had. That was easy: Beer or lemonade, meat, yuca, salsa and salad. We relaxed in the shade and enjoyed a wonderful meal.