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Carnaval in Panama City

Almost time to return to CONUS

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Our time in Panama is drawing to an end and we are already dreaming of a return trip. Our last night at the BOO, Coronado Bay Condos, was another potluck on the roof. There was a wide array of foods from organic popcorn to KFC. Yes, there is a KFC in Coronado as well as a Mickey Dees. Three couples were leaving on Friday morning, including us, so there were lots of good-bye wishes, hugs, email exchanges, and promises of meeting again somewhere on the road. There were a lot of like minded people in this group.IMG_4130e.jpgIMG_4140e.jpgIMG_4131e.jpg

On Friday morning we headed back to Panama City for three nights of Carnaval, aka Marti Gras in Panama. The city shuts down one of the main streets, Cinta Coasta and cordons off the area. This becomes the playground for the Carnaval . All the party goers enter thru police check points. You must show an ID to get in, the police check your bags and give you a patdown.IMG_4268e.jpg Once you are in the party starts. Beer, food, and music in mega doses abound. The sights and sounds are really no different than an American festival, except there is definitely a hot Latin/Caribbean beat. In the past there has allegedly been a lot of rowdy and criminal behaviorIMG_4286e.jpg but with a very large police presence the crowds were just having fun, music and dancing.

At dark the parade starts. The Carnaval Queen and her court, decked out in feathers and glitter, IMG_4314e.jpg IMG_4349e.jpgIMG_4321e.jpg ride huge floats waving and smiling to the crowd. Between the floats carrying the various queens, marching jazz bands, calypso dancersIMG_4338e.jpg IMG_4302e.jpg and a staggering group of intoxicated revelers entertain the crowd. The night ends with a great fireworks show that everyone seems to enjoy. IMG_4386e.jpg

We're glad that our last few days in Panama are during the Carnaval because the joy and happiness of the celebration keeps us from thinking about the sadness of leaving Panama.

Posted by rhislop 13:31 Archived in Panama Tagged queen carnaval caribbean panama carnival fireworks panama_city coronado policemen Comments (0)

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Our Anniversary:)

semi-overcast

The walk about continues. We walked from our residence to Casco Viejo on Thursday. We wanted to have lunch at the Cafe Per Due, so we put on our walking shoes and headed out. The day was slightly overcast, but no rain. It took us about 1.5 hours to arrive at the restaurant. Lots of stopping for photography, window shopping, and people watching. It should have taken about 45 minutes. The Cafe Per Due has a very unusual sign above their door. A very clever wind chime and business advertisement, water, coke and beer.
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Currently, the Casco Viejo area of Panama City is a mess. Many of the streets are torn up as new utility services are installed and the old bricks are getting replaced. New streets are laid by hand to keep the tradition of the neighborhood. Back breaking work. Car traffic in the area is almost impossible. Walking around the narrow crowded streets is the best way to travel.
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The security/law enforcement personnel are everywhere. There are the tourist police (to help tourists), traffic police, quick response cops(two on small motorcycles carrying machine guns), traditional blue suited police, highway police, and then lots of private security guards at buildings, malls, etc. The quick response guys in the picture were talking to a undercover cop when I started to take the picture, he jumped out of the shot and stood away until we left. You can see in the picture these guys carry a bunch of gear.
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Another motorcycle we saw in Casca Viejo belonged to a Colorado person, or at least had CO license plates. They were expired, but then who's checking?
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Yesterday was our anniversary, yeah! We celebrated the day with a fine dinner, good scotch and vodka, each others company and working on Kryss's website. Still needs a little tweaking but getting lots of hits and wonderful comments. Today we are going with friends to an ex-pat July 4th celebration, bbq, fireworks, beer, etc. Should be fun and we don't have to walk to get there. Today's sunrise brought this view...it will be a beautiful day!
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Posted by rhislop 05:40 Archived in Panama Tagged restaurant towers panama cafe per trump due policemen Comments (0)

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