Overlooking Panama Canal from new bridge
I flew in on Friday and arrived ok. I found someone through couchsurfing and arranged to stay with him. He stays outside the city in area called Clayton. It was one of the former ten military bases all along the Panama canal. He suggested that I take a cab, but it was way too expensive so I decided to walk outside the airport and get one of the public buses. All went ok until the place where he told me to get off at. It was a shopping center and I had problems finding a phone to call him. We finally met in a torrential downpour and went back to his house. Thought that I was going out for a halloween party, but we ended up staying in and talking until like 1 a.m. Big talker, historian, author, journalist and photographer. Cool guy...
On Saturday, he gave me a quick tour on part of the canal and then dropped me at one of the locks so I could take the tour.
Couchsurfing host and Canal guide
Never in my life I thought I would actually see the Panama canal. What an awesome experience! Later I tried to go to old Panama. That was a nightmare! It was a crash course in Panama City
public transportation system. All went ok, but for this asshole kid that either thought it was a joke or really didn't know. I kept asking if the stop was close and he kept telling me it was still further ahead. Prick! I went more that an hour out of the way before I finallly asked someone behind me where the stop was. I had to get down quickly in the pouring rain and cross to the other side. Taking an hour back the other way. Finally got down at the stop, still raining like crazy, which was supposed to be not the old Panama but the older touristy spot. The place was a dump. I was soaked, pissed and ready to just give up and get out of Panama City. Stayed one more night and got up very early catching the bus to the terminal... That begins another story.