A Night in Panama City

It feels good to be in the big city. It’s too busy and active for us to want to live here, but it sure is fun to visit. I like the energy and the feeling here.

I am tired tonight! You wouldn’t think one would be tired after sitting in a comfortable bus all day, but I’m sure the excitement of getting ready, making sure everything is in order, and getting this trip under way play a big part.

This was my first bus trip where it was light the whole way, and I enjoyed seeing everything along the way. I left on the 11:00 bus, and arrived at the terminal in Panama City a little before 6:00. This wasn’t even the express bus, and it cost $15.25. It stopped at a number of towns along the way, but only long enough to a few people to board so it didn’t feel like the stops made much difference in our progress. There was also a 30-40 minute break in Santiago so everyone could get out and stretch, and get something to eat. The bus was big, comfortable, and air conditioned (take a sweater). They also played movies the whole way.

I am always surprised at how well behaved the children are. There were women and families with very small children and babies in arms, and except for a few minutes of hollering from one baby there was no fussing at all. An indigenous family near me had a baby who looked maybe 8 months old, and a little boy maybe 3 or 4 years old. Both rode quietly on their parents laps the whole way!

I had no trouble getting a taxi to take me to the hotel, and he says he will be back in the morning to take me to the airport. Then, it’s off to CA.

I must be acclimated to the weather here. The highest setting on the air conditioning in the room is 30 (86F) and it’s chilly even with a t-shirt and jeans. I might end up wearing both of my heavy sweaters at the same time in CA.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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17 Responses to A Night in Panama City

  1. Funny you should remark on the well behaved children: I’m starting to think ill mannered and wild kids are unique to the States!!
    We see a fair amount of European and South African tourists in Vero Beach ( as well as a large population of Mexican immigrant year round residents) I’m always struck by the difference in manners and parental expectations for kids from these other countries.!
    Have a good rest of your trip!!


    • Kris says:

      Interesting! What do they do differently? I notice a lot of affection and close physical contact from both fathers and mothers for the children. I also notice less upset if a kid cries, so maybe they learn it doesn’t get enough reaction to be worth it? But in general the kids just seem much more calm and patient. Parents don’t seem to pack toys to entertain them either.


  2. i always take a jacket when i travel by the nicer bus lines. it’s nice when one acclimates to the rhythms of nature, until we return to forced airconditioning, which freezes us! when i return to mississippi in the summertime, i pack sweaters and jackets and end up sitting outside in the sun to warm up!
    have a great trip!


  3. joeltc1 says:

    Have fun, miss you!


  4. Julie Blumel says:

    Hi there – I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your posts.

    Have a great trip!


    Sent from my iPhone


  5. indacampo says:

    LOL! Yes, you are used to the heat here. When our friends went to Mexico in November they were wearing sweaters because they were cold.

    As for the children, I think it’s an expectation that they behave appropriately when in public and the laid back attitude of most people here translates to their children.

    Have a wonderful journey!


    • Kris says:

      I’ve made it to CA now and I have a heavy sweater and fuzzy socks! And, I will say I also saw some very well behaved American children on my trip, so it can happen


  6. oldsalt1942 says:

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed that here in Panama when there is a couple with an infant it is generally the father that is carrying it.

    A tip: I’ve found that if you don’t have too much luggage with you, you can get a better fare from a taxi if you walk through the mall and pick one up on the other side than you do with the vultures who keep their taxis at the bus terminal.


    • Kris says:

      Yes, we have noticed how much the fathers care for the kids and carry them around. Thanks for the tip about taxis. I got lucky with mine, fair price, and he even picked me up the next morning to take me to the airport for less than I usually pay.


  7. joeltc1 says:

    Kris, we used to set that temp at 27, we really have gone native!


  8. Enjoy your trip to the states! I’m sure it will take some adjusting to the culture shock, the traffic, and the frigid stores, especially the grocery stores and restaurants. Why do they keep all the buildings so cold?


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