These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Panama: Figuring Out Directions

Day 2 - I couldn't believe it was time to get up this morning. Jay said it was after 8 o'clock and hinted that I should get my ass out of bed. The request (demand) didn't seem time sensitive though as the Holiday Inn Express buffet breakfast runs from 6 to 10 AM. We got downstairs by quarter to nine and filled up.

My phone showed which way we should walk, on the road out front, to find the closest station on the subway. The 'Station Iglisia del Carmen' is a ten-minute walk. The system has just one line open at present but we noticed the above-ground elevated tracks near the airport as Line 2 will run out in that direction.

Day 2 Panama

Day 2 - Panama

We wanted to head from the Financial District towards the water and the old town. So, we bought a single $2 card and added funds to it. The staff showed that it is perfectly acceptable to share a card and just pass back across the turnstiles for additional passengers to enter and exit.

The fare for local travel is 35 cents. We only went a few stops to 'Station 5 de Mayo'. Of course, by accident, we initially walked in the direction opposite to the water. We looked at the street life and all the outside markets. I stopped in one of the many phone stores to buy a USB cord, not for my phone as it uses USB-c but my camera. I brought a wonky cord to Panama and managed only a few photos before my battery died completely. Many of today's pics are from my phone.

The rather odd, highway bridge around old town was closed to traffic as there was some sort of charity race going on. We walked to one point to snap a few photos of the city skyline and then walked just to the edge of Old Town. We figured that deserved a complete day of its own for exploration.

Day 2 - Panama

There was just one stop more in the subway direction and so we went to see the enormous bus station near one really huge maga-mall. Jay just read that it's one of the largest in Latin America. We ate Chinese in the food court there. We do the things that locals do. As it was Saturday, it seems like everybody in town was in this mall.

Day 2 - Panama

It's only 5:30 and we had a short nap already. My MiBand says we've already walked 10.4 kilometers. My Keen sandals seem to be losing their arch support, and maybe before we go away for the winter, I'll need to get another pair.

I think I like Panama City, although a little work could be done on the sidewalks. I said the same thing about George Town, Penang, Malaysia once, and we ended up spending most of last winter there. Hum? A harbinger, he wonders.


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