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I arrived in Panama City this afternoon at 2pm, and found Uncle Bruce waiting for me outside customs/immigration as promised.
Although the flights themselves were relatively painless (a 5 hour flight to Miami, and a 2 hour flight to Panama), the trip seemed to take a while. The 5 hour trip to Miami was plagued by a reading light that didn´t work - unable to read in the dark, I resorted to watching the movie (Young At Heart - which actually turned out to be pretty good) and trying to doze. My 5 hour layover at the Miami airport also took a while - I continued with my dozing efforts, but the airport was extraordinarily cold. Having packed for the Equator and not the Arctic, I was ill-equipped.
Finally arriving in Panama, I pretty much cruised through customs and immigration. Bruce was there waiting, apparently for the second day in a row. Sorry Bruce! Guess we got a little mixed up on fact that my journey was over course of 2 days - although from my perspective I was leaving on Wed, from Bruce´s perspective I was arriving on Thu. Ooops. Well, I appreciate the ride!
Bruce gave me the tour of his neat condo in the City - what a killer location! And he gave me the "powerpoint" intro -- maps, keys, local mobile phone, tips and tricks, etc.
We then both took naps and began our nighttime adventures around 7pm. Oddly, we hit sushi first - a new place we wanted to try. Then we quickly reverted back to our routine in Uruguay - we hit a couple bars, tried all the local brewed beer we could find, and practiced our spanish with anyone who´d listen.
By 3am, I was sitting at an outdoor club, between Monica and Sol - two lovely locals - sharing beers, eating deep fried shrimp, and listening to 80´s music. Does it get better than this?