Our friend Alicia explained that you should never say Adios to friends you want to see again. It’s too final. So it’s hasta luego (see you later) Panama.
Our six months in Panama have ended. We are home and have begun post-processing our great adventure. It is pretty amazing to think we actually lived in Panama for six months. It was exciting, interesting, daunting, sometimes frustrating but memorable in every way.
There were quite a few things that didn’t make my blogs. So here is a recap.
We spent quite a bit of time at the largest mall in South America called Albrook. Not only could we find most comforts of home but there was some great people watching and food experiences here.
We did some biking on the Amador causeway.
Food and drink played a large part.
We played a little golf and went to an outdoor boxing match. We were impressed by the Iron Man Competition. The swimming part was held at the dock right outside our hotel. There was music, parades, holidays and cultural shows. History and gorgeous architecture everywhere.
We finally managed to make it to Contadora Island. A beautiful day on the beach!
We also visited Coronado, an expat community a little over a hour from Panama. Our friend Don showed us around and introduced us to his friends. We looked at some beautiful and reasonable rentals for future reference.
I can’t even begin to describe the amazing flora and fauna.
Sam was always exploring and managed to log 30 miles walking a week. He discovered the military bunkers located all over the Amador area and the Islands nearby. Some were from the American time in the canal, some were from Noreiga’s regime, even some from World War I. Our local historian/hotel handyman, Jesus would fill him in on bits and pieces of the fascinating history of the canal. It was such fun to discover the man-made and natural wonders surrounding us.
The best part by far were the wonderful people we met on our journey. Friends that you cannot hope to have in a short visit but you become close over six months. Most of the Panamanian people are kind, hard working, family-oriented people that I will never forget. Also, we were able to meet many fellow travelers who invited us to visit them in their own homelands of Columbia, Chile, Romania and Canada.
Throughout this journey I have focused on the positive aspects of Panama. As with any journey or any place on the planet, there are positives and negatives. There was the traffic jams, language barrier, occasional bouts of homesickness. The struggle to find a hairdresser, etc. All in all I wouldn’t have changed a moment. Much love and respect goes to my husband and travel partner for his knack for photographic documentation and persistence in getting all the right shots.
Thanks for joining us on this trip. Stay tuned for more, we are just getting started!