Show me the money!

Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
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Trip End Mar 01, 2012


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haircuts. gamble. trump tower. exploring.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

after a week in Bocas we NEEDED a detox and Panama City was going to be it. lay low. get lost in the city. we stayed at Lunas Castle which is a SWEET hostel in Casco Viejo, translation. old town. and it sat right on the outskirts of the slums. walking in you felt like you were in an old museum. art covering every inch of the place. staircases for days that creaked under foot. big wooden banisters. it was a one stop shop. had its own make shift cinema even. it was the biggest hostel we had stayed in and felt more like a college dorm due to the constant foot traffic and the barefooted bodies lounging around on the couches that lined the walls. needless to say, i DUG the VIBE. BIG TIME. mostly we spent the days walking around Casco Viejo or Panama City. AND we saw the ever impressive Canal.

Knowledge drop: Casco Viejo is the old town area of Panama City. It was built when the original city was destroyed and raided by pirates of the famous Captain Henry Morgan, who was looking for the riches stolen from Central/South America by the Spaniards. The city was moved to an isolated peninsula that would more easily protected by its isolation and constructed defensive walls and now lies opposite the bay of the new largely developed Panama City.

Casco Viejo is filled with rundown buildings which have been forgotten and are now inhabited by moss, vines and rodents. sandwiched between them are newly polished cafes and small hotels. street markets selling everything from fresh fruit, hair picks, bowie knives and granny panties. transportation is supped up school buses with dramatic mufflers off the back and a neon colored graffiti paint job while crazy bass bumping music pours out the open windows. truly a sight for the eyes.

walking downtown Panama City we found ourselves a mall. Popeyes Chicken. and a Casino. NOW you must know that Scotty and i are NOT GAMBLERS. we feel more comfortable taking our five dollar bet to buy a smoothie so at least we know we are getting something for it. HOWEVER we got stuck in an afternoon storm. hell, let's wait it out at the MAJESTIC CASINO. it is no Vegas. BUT for some reason i felt the itch and we found ourselves seated at the fifty CENT minimum table. HA. we decide that we can risk five dollars and as soon as we lose one round, JUST ONE ROUND we walk away. you have to understand that the five dollars is our dinner budget. this was a big risk we were taking.

slide our money across the table. dealer yells, exchanging five. HA! we get ready to place fifty cents on red when the dealer kindly informs us that in order to make the red/black/odd/even bets it's a five dollar minimum. ouch. laid fifty cents on the number four. quickest fifty cents i've ever lost. double ouch. OKAY let's be a big kid about this. FIVE DOLLARS ON RED. go big or go home, right?! dealer spins. ball is dropped. tinkers around for a bit...RED! we doubled our money. BOOM! we play like this for five more rounds. odd. red. even. black. we are hootin and hollering. fist pumping. saying things like, show me the money and are up THIRTY dollars when we hit our first wrong guess. rules are rules. we took our chips, feelin like absolute ballers and cashed out for a whopping TWENTY FIVE dollars.

walking on air we treated ourselves to a drink at Trump Tower. thirteenth floor infinity pool bar with the most amazing view. paid for a cab ride home while belting out Totally Clipse of a Heart with the driver. and finished off the night by ordering a pizza. it was the BEST TWENTY FIVE dollars ever spent. cheers to Majestic.

visiting the canal...was one big mess after another. we went on a Monday morning but upon arrival found out that the visitors center was closed for cleaning. HOWEVER the restaurant was open and you could get a viewing from there. cab should have cost us six dollars but he was set on ten. GRR. OK, since we're hewe were already there we might as well check out the restaurant. we quickly realized that this was not just a restaurant. more like a white table clothed club house. they assure us that our tank tops. shorts. and flip flops are appropriate dress attire but as they show us to our table and we see pastel collared dress shirts. slacks. and penny loafers we instantly feel out of place. the next ships coming through weren't for another hour so we had no choice but to eat. thirty dollars each for the buffet and a two and a half hours later a ship finally came through. as you can imagine by that time we had ATE like KINGS.

it is a forty eight mile ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. built from 1904 to 1914, annual traffic is fifteen thousand vessels. it’s crazy to see these massive cruise ships and tankers squeezing through the three locks. literally. ships are built to the size of the canal so that they can pass through but they only leave a foot on each side of room. and when it’s all said and done it takes eight hours for the ship to pass from one side to the other. CRAZY!

Fun Facts:
-Scotty needed a haircut. luckily for him, barbershops line the streets in the Cinco de Mayo district. i use the term barbershop loosely. we are talking a chair. and a barber. NOW Panamanians must have the freshest dos in all of the world because the seats are always full and someone waiting in line. it took all of fifteen minutes for him to be buzzed and edged out. looked great only he felt he had a black man’s haircut. super clean forehead line brought way back.

-Trump Tower: the pool attendants lay out the towel on your lounge chair for you. Trumps got his A game on at all times.

-friendship bracelets: to pass time we have bought string to make bracelets. Scotty is a traveler and now makes pretty bracelets. ha!

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markets: meat and fruit are sold by the masses in separate markets.
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Comments

Aunt Shannon (and, Uncle Steve) on

Lynns - I AM SO living vicariously through you! Wasn't the Canal AMAZING?!? We couldn't believe all the cargo ships CONSTANTLY moving through there. We figured most of that stuff must be heading to the Dollar Store - from China. Am, loving your blog updates. I, too, WISH I WAS THERE! xoxo S

Biscuit on

Big Cat is looking sharp!! Big upgrade :)

I'm going to be in Puerto Vallarta from Oct 11-18th if you want to stop by. First Corona is on me!!!

corinne passavant on

Hey Lynnssey, Lily has been sharing your travelog which I have been thoroughly enjoying. Hope you can bring me back some of those granny panties they were selling at the market!! Ha! Next time, take Lily on one of your travel adventures -- Travel seems to suit you and Scotty. Guess that's the ultimate test; so now what??!! Love, Corinne Passavant

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