Panama ~ Our First Day

We spent our first full day in Panama shopping and seeing more of the city. We took the bus to the Albrook Mall and then walked part of the way back to the apartment.

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Boats near the fish market pier

 

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Flag atop Ancon Hill

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Beautiful flowers we saw on our walk along the ocean

Panama, Niko's

We had lunch at Niko’s Café in the Albrook Mall

Panama, Niko's

Mike ordered chicken parmesan.

Panama, Niko's

The lady who was serving up my food didn’t speak any English so when it came time for me to choose breast or thigh she patted her chest and then her thigh!! When in doubt, if you don’t speak the language, use hand gestures and you’ll get your point across! I smiled and quickly patted my thigh 🙂

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The main bus terminal and beginning of the mall. This is where you recharge your bus cards. It only costs $0.25 each time you ride the metro bus! A very cheap and easy way to get around the city.

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These buses are called “Diablos Rojos” which means The Red Devils. These buses are owner-operated and are usually painted wild colors and have loud music playing. At night you can see them coming for miles as many have neon lights covering them. These aren’t recommended for tourists to take. You’ll be safer to take the Metro Bus or a taxi.

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Albrook Mall

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Two different worlds

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The police station we passed on our way to the mall.

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The colors and art on the side of this building captured my attention. Even though these housing complexes look bad..we never saw anyone that wasn’t enjoying life. You’d see kids playing and people sitting around laughing. They have a much simpler life here.

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One of the many local eateries you see along the bus route.

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A Diablo Rojo 🙂

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🙂 Love this picture of us

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Photo of the city on one of the walkways over the highway.

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The Trump Ocean Club Hotel and Tower. He wanted it to look like a sail.

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Looking down on the Cinta Costera from our apartment. Cinta Costera means coastal beltway. This 64 acre land reclamation project in Panama City was completed in 2009. There are now walking trails, playgrounds, and beautiful landscaped areas for everyone to enjoy.

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The boats in the marina at high tide. They are finally floating!

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Afternoon view of Cinta Costera and Avenida Balboa

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Evening view of Cinta Costera and Avenida Balboa.

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City night lights 🙂

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Hard Rock Hotel

Panama, Rustica

My dad took us to the most awesome little outdoor restaurant called Rustica for dinner. It serves pasta, Panini’s, pizza and a few other choices. The owner speaks a little English and she’s super nice. So was our waitress. I think they loved getting to practice their English 🙂 We will definitely be coming back here next time we visit.

Panama, Rustica

I’m definitely going to be teaching myself Spanish before we go back. This mean is going to be a good teaching guide 🙂 Who doesn’t want to learn how to read what they are ordering?!

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I ordered a greek salad. It was so refreshing!

Panama, Rustica

This is the Olio Madness. Garlic oil, chicken with feta and parmesan cheese. I think I have that translation right. It was amazing!!!

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This is flan. I made the mistake of telling my dad I had never tried it before lol. We ordered one piece and all shared. It has a very interesting texture. Glad I tried it. Probably won’t ever eat it again 🙂

Well there you have it 🙂 Our first full day in Panama. I’m excited to continue sharing our trip with you! Tomorrow is going to be the fish market and Casco Viejo.

Until then.

Much love,

Liz

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8 Comments

  1. It looks like you had a great first day! That is hysterical about the chicken though!!

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  2. So….much…..fun! Thanks for sharing those fab photos! The food looks yummy…. Enjoy!

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  3. Wow! Looks like you’re having a fabulous time! What beautiful photos (and yummy food!!! hahaha)

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  4. Awesome pictures!! Now I’ve added Panama to my bucket list! The food looks awesome…thanks so much for letting us see Panama through your eyes!

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