LAX to Panama City

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Our direct flight from LAX to Panama City was pleasant and uneventful. I grabbed an iced coffee and packed breakfast for the plane.IMG 1038800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

But, I ended up eating it in the bookstore while perusing the periodicals…IMG 1041800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

I didn’t realize (or plan it), but we had the Emergency Exit row to ourselves! I’ve never had this row and was pretty jazzed about it! It’s the little things icon smile LAX to Panama City IMG 1043600x800 thumb LAX to Panama City We flew COPA air and received a croissant sandwich for breakfast. It had roast beef so I passed it to Ben and ate the carrot muffin.IMG 1053800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

Plus we got a hot meal for lunch! I can’t remember the last time I got something for free on an airplane so I was pretty excited. Ben got the beef meal and I asked about a vegetarian option, but they were out.IMG 1058800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

So, they brought me a kosher meal which ended up being the healthiest choice. It was roasted chicken, potatoes and veggies.IMG 1062800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

Plus, it came with a knish, eggplant salad and a pastry. Pretty good deal!IMG 1063800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

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I didn’t know they were going to provide meals so I packed lunch. It was a sandwich, chips, apple and a bag of romaine for when the inevitable snack monster hit. IMG 1069600x800 thumb LAX to Panama City

I ate it like chips and asked Ben to take a picture of me. Although, I have to admit this portrays a skewed picture of me as I’m eating more fun and less healthy this trip. At least I started with good intentions, I’ll have to start this trick up again when I get home.IMG 1072600x800 thumb LAX to Panama City

We got to our hotel around 6pm and threw our stuff down in search of dinner. IMG 1083800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

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The receptionist said it was safe to walk around after dark so we went on foot.  IMG 1087800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

IMG 1088800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City We ended up at Costa Azul a restaurant with outdoor dining. It was so nice to be outside after being stuck in a metal tube with recycled air for 5 hours! IMG 1090800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

I got a tuna salad and asked for a side of tartar sauce when I realized it was “straight up tuna from a can”. IMG 1091800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

IMG 1093800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City Ben got fried Gorvina, his meal was delicious.IMG 1096800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

And we shared Tres Leches cake icon smile LAX to Panama City IMG 1099800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

This morning we got up and hit the hotel gym. I warmed up for 15 minutes on the treadmill, but it was all I could take. I can’t believe this used to be the only way I’d run?!IMG 1101800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

Then, Ben and I did some weights and called it a workout. IMG 1103600x800 thumb LAX to Panama City

I spotted a Dunkin Donuts on the way to the hotel last night so that was on the menu for breakfast.   IMG 1105600x800 thumb LAX to Panama City Ben got a sandwich…IMG 1106800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City

And I ate one of the sandwiches we packed from home (we kept it in the fridge overnight).  IMG 1109800x600 thumb LAX to Panama CityIMG 1107800x600 thumb LAX to Panama City  

Then we headed to the Panama Canal IMG 1129800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

We got there just in time to watch a ship pass through. IMG 1131800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

It was super crowded on the viewing decks, but I managed to get some good pictures of the process.IMG 1211533x800 thumb LAX to Panama City

A big crowd watched as the side the ship was on filled with water.IMG 1134800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

The ship rose until the water on both sides was even. Then the gates opened and it passed through very slowly.IMG 1140800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

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The ships are pulled by little train cars. IMG 1157800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

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There is barely enough room for the ships to pass through, so it has to be done very carefully and slowly. You can see the ropes from the ship to the little trains here.IMG 1159800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

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The entire process of crossing the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic takes over 8 hours. But, it takes over two weeks to go under South America. It costs about $100,000 for a ship to pass too! (But that’s a lot cheaper than taking the long way.)     IMG 1144800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City    IMG 1167800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City   IMG 1171800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City 

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And then it’s done and the water level is let back down for the next ship.IMG 1184800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City IMG 1189800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

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Ben and I at the Panama CanalIMG 1203800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

After we caught the show we headed inside to watch a short video on the canal and check out the museum. IMG 1214800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City

From there we headed to old town, but this post is getting a little long – I’ll save that for the next one (I have issues uploading while traveling). IMG 1200800x533 thumb LAX to Panama City 

Okay, I’m going to cross my fingers and press publish before I make this post any longer! I’ll see ya in a bit icon smile LAX to Panama City

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Comments

  1. says

    That’s insane that you got that much free food. I have problems getting anything free on an airplane besides a package of gluten-full crackers now that they won’t give out peanuts. So basically…I get nothing! lol

    Have a great time on your vacation!

  2. says

    I have never been anywhere exciting except when I was a kid (my parents took us to the Bahamas so not even that exciting but I did get to swim with dolphins) so please note that I will be living vicariously through you while you are in Panama :)

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