We arrived in Panama City last night after a smooth and easy flight. Said hello to family and then collapsed in bed, and today we went on some sort of tour of the city, including the canal and something called Old Town.
My initial impression of Panama is that the infrastructure is much better than I anticipated. The roads are amazing, sounds like a silly thing to notice but it's actually quite striking to me. Utilities stable and reliable. Traffic patterns seem normal and sane. The area we stayed in was interesting, we were in a big fancy hotel and across the street were apartments that were definitely not fancy. Walking around each place was either high-end or low-end, like a "gritty" neighborhood was in the middle of being gutted and rebuilt to be a fancy one.
Anyway, seeing the canal was really cool, and we stopped at a seaside place with a little market which was great but of course I was looking for shorebirds. :-) After the tour it was time to head to Bocas.
We saw pelicans flying around and fishing.
|yellow-crowned night heron|
|snowy ibis about to be pounced on by a white ibis|
|great blue heron leaving a yellow-crowned night heron|
|Terracing beside the Panama Canal|
|Part of the Panama Canal from a bridge|
|Another part of the Panama Canal from a bridge|