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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
The Entrance to Hotel Herrera
Keith
05/16/2008, 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.

Shaved Ice Stand
05/15/2008

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The View from A Balcony Room At Hotel Herrera
05/15/2008

Matt's other project is a renovation of a hotel in Casco Antiguo, one of the old cities of Panama. It's going to take a lot of work, but much less so than several of the buildings which are nothing but exterior walls. The preservation authority requires that the exterior walls be kept, but we saw one building where the walls were so degraded that they had to start from scratch and rebuild the entire building using the old style of architecture. While leaving the area we got stuck in a ditch filled with water but were able to lift the car out so it could back up. Panama, still a country of extremes.

The Rey Supermarket In Coronado
Keith
05/15/2008

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Inside The Ray
Keith
05/15/2008

We were very impressed that the Rey supermarket in Coronado was so modern and well stocked. Out of place in what is supposed to be a 2nd world country (whatever that means anymore).

Panama Raw Land For Sale
Keith
05/15/2008, Coronado, Panama

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Keith Walking The New Development
Keith
05/15/2008, Coronodo, Panama

Much of this trip has been spent researching and viewing properties. Yesterday we hired a car to take a closer look at a 170 acre property near this popular beach town. While there we ate fresh ripe mangoes right off the trees and then washed up in the creek which forms a border of the land.

Side View From the Jungle House
Keith
05/14/2008, Near Coiba, Panama

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The Pacific View
Keith
05/14/2008, Near Coiba, Panama

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Coco, Our Next Door Neighbor in the Jungle
05/14/2008, Near Coiba, Panama

and her adopted dog.

 

 
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