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A long day on the plane
Panama and Costa Rica Expedition Cruise

Cultural and wildlife encounters in PanamaCultural and wildlife encounters in Panama (Mary Curry)
After a restless overnight at a Seattle airport hotel, we were up at 3am to begin the hurry and wait of modern air travel.

Just a few years back, I traveled around the world for a year with one backpack. Now I happily tipped the SkyCap to help us to the gate with our overloaded bags. Though I always said that I would

We arrived this evening to a welcoming band and much fanfare at the Panama City airport. It appears that there was someone famous arriving at the same time, but we were a bit too overwhelmed negotiating our bags through the crowd to the taxi stand to pay attention to the details. The taxi ride, at $37.40 came close to the transfer price and next time I'd gladly pay the difference when traveling with a child to have someone meet us at the airport, especially on such limited sleep.

Our hotel, the Albrook Inn, was a lovely colonial style villa nestled in the forested suburb of Albrook. The staff was delightful and the room both clean and spacious. We enjoyed dinner at the outdoor restaurant where the casual ambiance was just what we needed. Matthew, my 23 month old son, took off his shoes and delighted in running from the restaurant to our room and back, playing peek-a-boo around the hedges and blowing kisses at everyone within passing. After dinner we admired the sparkling pool outside our room but then dropped promptly into bed.

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