An Afternoon Bike Ride

When I was a kid, I used to love to ride my bike.  Of course, I grew up in a little town in South Mississippi where there were plenty of places to ride with very little traffic.  However, riding a bike here in Panama is a challenge.  The Cinta Costera offers the perfect place to ride your bike without having to deal with the dangers of traffic.  

Another Afternoon Surprise…

Here is another example of the little surprises you can come across as you stroll around the City of Knowledge.  These guys were having a great time trying to get a female’s attention.  I sat for an hour as I watched them prance and squawk. Here they look really cute with their chests stuck out as they strut on by.

Birds of a Feather…

I was walking around the City of Knowledge after an afternoon rain and came across these guys scourging around for a little snack.  This is one of the things I love about Panama.  Wildlife abounds and you never know what you are going to run into on your afternoon strolls.

Sierra Llorona Lodge

If you are looking for a quiet, out of the way place to spend your vacation, then Sierra Llorona Lodge may be what you have been searching for. It is a quiet little eco-lodge wedged in the rainforest in the province of Colon. You can go hiking, bird watching, or just relax in a nice hammock.  Click on the link below for more information.

Witness History in the Making

You can be witness to the expansion of the new Gatun Locks when you arrive at the new Visitors Center.  There is a small entrance fee that ranges from $7-$3 dollars depending on you age and resident status. This fee will give you full access to the facilities, including a hiking path.  If you opt not to pay the fee, you may visit the center’s restaurant and enjoy the view from there.  

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/07/3329175/new-locks-for-panama-canal-near.html

New Gatun Locks

The expansion of the Panama Canal is one of the largest projects being built at this moment. This venture will establish a new lane of traffic along the Canal by building a new set of locks designed to double the capacity of this important waterway. You can visit the site and see the progress of this imposing engineering feat under construction.  Click on the link below for detailed instructions on how to reach the site.

http://www.canalmuseum.com/canalphotos/new-visitors-center.htm

Not A Trash Can…

This little fellow stares out at the Bay of Panama contemplating the garbage that some people insist on depositing in our waterways.  When you are about to throw something into the water, remember that this is NOT A TRASH CAN!

Relax!

  Sometimes,  we have a tendency to rush here and there, trying to accomplish everything on our To Do List and we forget to give ourselves a little break. The next time you are filling out you agenda or making your list of things to do, don’t forget to add this important notation- “Take a least 5 minutes to sit down and relax!”

Eternal Summer

One of the things that I love about Panama is the weather.  Some people think that it is too hot. Not me! I love the heat.  Being from South Mississippi, I do not find Panama that hot.  I love the fact that I don’t need winter clothes or have to worry about living cooped up in a house for days because of some winter snow storm. People spend a lot of time outside and outdoor activities are just a common part of everyday life here in Panama.  Go to any public park and you will see people sitting around reading the newspaper, walking their dogs or just lounging around talking to friends. Here, the summer is eternal and that’s just fine with me!

Edificio Sousa

Here is another beautiful building I admire in Bella Vista.  It is known as Edificio Sousa.  It gracefully stands on the corner of Parque Urraca surrounded by modern apartment buildings.  Its classic beauty is unique and stands out among all the impersonal buildings of glass and steel.