Back Patio Jungle HouseKeith
05/17/2008, Near Coiba, Panama
The night we spent in the jungle house was the only night I had my own room during the entire Panama trip. The room opened to a patio that had this incredible jungle view. I would go out there in the early morning and sunset regularly if I lived there. Too hot and steamy most of the rest of the day.
More Panama Beach05/17/2008
I'm going through my pictures and picking out ones that I thought are worth posting. This one was taken on a lone hike from the jungle house to the beach near the island of Coiba. My companions were fast asleep. Jake and Anne would have loved it. Speaking of which, Anne is telling me she is ready to go hiking so I'll post one more then we have to go. Jake has just come in with a ball in his mouth, so I think there is a majority against me.
The View From the Big Window At Albert's House In Panama CityKeith
Albert The German Real Estate GuyKeith
05/17/2008, Panama City, Panama
We stayed in Albert's house for the last few days of the trip. He lives in a convienent area near the heart of Panama city. I liked his place. Three bathrooms. Well suited for guests. As I sit here writing this it is morning after I returned from the trip. Picked up the dogs, got a good night's sleep, and I'm up watching a spectacular sunrise in Tucson, Arizona, which is neither hot nor humid but is instead at the apex of perfection this morning. I'm excited to get packing towards the final push. Before I can do much in that regard, I have to pick-up the Bounder from the shop where it is getting final service before the cross-country trip. That may require some help. There is plenty to do, that's for sure. Soon the dogs will be ready for their morning walk. Perhaps cousin Jodi will want to hike with us this morning and then take me to pick up the magic carpet.
The Entrance to Hotel HerreraKeith
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 Stand05/15/2008
The View from A Balcony Room At Hotel Herrera05/15/2008
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 CoronadoKeith
Inside The RayKeith
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).
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