The Entrance to Hotel Herrera
16 May 2008 | Panama
I'm sitting at the computer in the middle of a steamy night here in Panama. It is very peaceful. No honking horns or construction sounds. Those will start up again in a few hours. A very interesting day today. We met with a lawyer, a civil engineering team, and a restoration architect named Daniel who, along with his partner, took us on a historical tour of the hotel restoration project Matt is working on. Evidently the structure was built by a famous architect from Peru who went on to design many important buildings in Panama. The hotel was originally a house built for a man who later became president of Panama. It has fallen into disrepair, but is in better shape than a lot of the restoration projects going on in this area. In 5 or 10 more years (or less) the entire neighborhood will be restored and will significantly increase in value. The gentleman in the picture is Ernesto, the "caretaker" of the property. At first we had to yell through the door for Ernesto to let us in, but today the lady in the internet cafe downstairs revealed the secret entrance. The hotel may not look like much now, but just wait until its done. I have to admit I enjoyed taking part in the world of property development over the last long week. Tomorrow (or should I say later this morning) my already rescheduled flight leaves for Atlanta and then Tucson. This adventure has really flown by. When I return home, it will finally be time to pack up and head off to the big sailing trip.