Our trip went very smoothly, even though the airports and airplanes were packed with Christmas travelers. Our kind neighbors in Retama Village dropped us off at the airport at about 5:45 AM for a 7:00 AM flight to Houston. Then, a quick 1-hour layover in Houston to Panama, arriving here at 3:00 PM.
We have learned that Panamanians are very proud of their Spanish language, so they do not attempt to speak English much. It was good to be able to speak Spanish through the immigration/customs process.
We followed the homeowner’s instructions, and caught a taxi to his condo (again Spanish was a must). We seem to be right in the downtown area. The front door security man helped us in, and we were able to find the right apartment. The homeowner had left us a key under the doormat, so we made ourselves at home. We are on the 31st floor, with a beautiful view of the Pacific from our balcony.
We are right across the street from the Intercontinental Hotel, where Panama’s President lives on the top floor. (We waved to his window). 🙂
Our charge here is a 13-year-old Cairn terrier named Mac. He is darling.
We took him for a walk in the neighborhood and found a craft beer bar, right around the corner! George must have some sort of craft beer place radar system programmed in his body. We picked up some Mexican food at a taco joint and brought it back to the condo.
Later in the evening, we met our homeowner. He is an expat, teaching in the international school here. He is off on a trip to the USA, then Ethiopia for the holidays. We will be here for about 20 days. We are anxious to see the Panama Canal and the rainforest.