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Partying with the Panamanians

Celebrating birthdays, a wedding anniversary and we join a family reunion

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When a former colleague of Chad's who is from Colon, Panama learned we would be in Latin America during the summer, the invitations rolled in: a wedding anniversary, two birthday parties and a biannual family reunion. It was a busy week! But among the music, dancing and meeting dozens of Sonia's friendly family members, we got to see some of the sites. Many thanks to Antonio, Sonia's son, who generously shared some of his favorite places with us like the Portobelo National Park on the Atlantic Coast and the Gautan Locks portion of the Panama Canal and of course, Panama City.

Sonia's daughter, right, helping to celebrate her parent's anniversary. Sorry for the quality of the photo, but I couldn't resist showing how festive the celebration was.

Squeaking through the Panama Canal.

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Wonky thoughts: Panama City's Casco Viejo

Out with the viejo, in with the new.

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I had an amazing time walking around Casco Viejo and I couldn't help but think how this kind of development would play out in New York City. It is one of the oldest parts of Panama City and the area, a UNESCO heritage site, is in the midst of major shifts in building use and population. Casco Viejo was built initially in the 1500's and then rebuilt in the late 1600's after a pirate-destroying era. Today, the contrast in buildings is surreal. There is no doubt gentrification is occurring here, thanks to what has been reported as "forced displacement" of residents: http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/151.

The photos below are a sample of the amazing contrast of conditions in the neighborhood.


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Shiny, New Subway

Panama City opens its first subway

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There really was no need for us to take the subway, but how could I pass up the opportunity to ride a brand new subway? It opened in April as the first line of a broader transportation plan for this congested city. Squeaky clean and quiet, too!

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