The Canal and the Cafe
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This was one of those trips in which very little planning was involved. I had been looking at the American Airlines flights to Panama and saw that they were open and decided to go.
Wednesday July 13
I left Indy at 1pm on an American Eagle EMB-145 to Miami and then took an American 757 to Panama City. I arrived in Panama that evening and took a taxi to the city. It took about 30 minutes to get there on the modern toll road. It was raining real hard with lightning and thunder. I love those kind of storms! It was about 9pm, so I just went to sleep.
I stayed at the Hotel Roma Plaza for $35 a night and enjoyed the stay.
Thursday July 14
I awoke at 7am and had some breakfast downstairs. I met up with a taxi driver outside the hotel who shuttled me around the city all day for $40. The first place he took me was the Panama Canal. I thought the visitors center was really fascinating. Besides the thrill of watching huge ships transit the canal, it was neat to learn about the construction of the canal. I stayed there for probably 2 hours and could have stayed longer but I did not want to miss out on other things in the city.
Friday July 15
I awoke at 5am, got ready and headed out to Tocumen Airport for the American flight to Miami. I had over 7 hours in Miami, so I took the Tri-Rail up to Fort Lauderdale for a short trip. At about 10pm, I was back in Indianapolis.
Another Hard Rock visit and crazy weekend trip done! I would love to go back.