Friday, October 14, 2016

Panamania!


I started in on the last page of my passport with a Panama stamp.  What happens next?  Do I send it for more pages?  As long as it gets me home, right?


Miraflores Locks


So PANAMA!  What a BEAUTIFUL country!!  A little piece of home, really.  They use American currency and everything is so NEW...well except for the old city but even that is beautifully renovated and full of restaurants and live music.


Sunrise jog

My friend and I did EVERYTHING we possibly could in the eight days we were there.  We were up at the crack of dawn, running the Cinta Costura and out until midnight taking in the city lights from the roof of the Hardrock Cafe.  

left side before, right side after they let out the water

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Going through the locks



We also took a partial transit tour down the Panama Canal, going through the locks with HUGE ships from Asia, Europe and North America.  They were taking pictures of us as we took pictures of them!  We also boated around Lake Gatun and took in the monkeys, birds and even saw sloths!  


Monkey, not a sloth




United States Cemetery: Visited on Columbus Day

View from Ancon Hill

Panama Flag

Amador Causeway

Playa Bonita

Live music in the Old City


We crossed the Isthmus to the Caribbean side and spent the day on Islas Grande, taking in the ruins of Portobelo where the Spanish built a fort to defend the gold they were bringing up from Peru.  We even found a coral reef and went snorkeling.



Isla Grande


We hiked up lighthouses and tiptoed through bunkers built by the US Army over a hundred years ago.  We ran through the rain and hours later took in the stars, the sky clearing magically as we navigated out of the canal and into the ocean.  All in all, it was a beautiful, unforgettable journey and one I'll always treasure!

Chocolate (in case you couldn't tell)

Adoration in the airport!!

Negro Christo in Portabelo (popular pilgrimage destination)

Caymans don't bite, right?




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