Show me the money!
Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
33Trip End Mar 01, 2012
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Knowledge drop: Casco Viejo is the old town area of Panama City. It was built when the original city was destroyed and raided by pirates of the famous Captain Henry Morgan, who was looking for the riches stolen from Central/South America by the Spaniards
Casco Viejo is filled with rundown buildings which have been forgotten and are now inhabited by moss, vines and rodents. sandwiched between them are newly polished cafes and small hotels. street markets selling everything from fresh fruit, hair picks, bowie knives and granny panties. transportation is supped up school buses with dramatic mufflers off the back and a neon colored graffiti paint job while crazy bass bumping music pours out the open windows. truly a sight for the eyes.
walking downtown Panama City we found ourselves a mall. Popeyes Chicken. and a Casino. NOW you must know that Scotty and i are NOT GAMBLERS. we feel more comfortable taking our five dollar bet to buy a smoothie so at least we know we are getting something for it. HOWEVER we got stuck in an afternoon storm. hell, let's wait it out at the MAJESTIC CASINO. it is no Vegas. BUT for some reason i felt the itch and we found ourselves seated at the fifty CENT minimum table. HA. we decide that we can risk five dollars and as soon as we lose one round, JUST ONE ROUND we walk away. you have to understand that the five dollars is our dinner budget
slide our money across the table. dealer yells, exchanging five. HA! we get ready to place fifty cents on red when the dealer kindly informs us that in order to make the red/black/odd/even bets it's a five dollar minimum. ouch. laid fifty cents on the number four. quickest fifty cents i've ever lost. double ouch. OKAY let's be a big kid about this. FIVE DOLLARS ON RED. go big or go home, right?! dealer spins. ball is dropped. tinkers around for a bit...RED! we doubled our money. BOOM! we play like this for five more rounds. odd. red. even. black. we are hootin and hollering. fist pumping. saying things like, show me the money and are up THIRTY dollars when we hit our first wrong guess. rules are rules. we took our chips, feelin like absolute ballers and cashed out for a whopping TWENTY FIVE dollars.
walking on air we treated ourselves to a drink at Trump Tower. thirteenth floor infinity pool bar with the most amazing view. paid for a cab ride home while belting out Totally Clipse of a Heart with the driver. and finished off the night by ordering a pizza. it was the BEST TWENTY FIVE dollars ever spent. cheers to Majestic.
visiting the canal...was one big mess after another
it is a forty eight mile ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. built from 1904 to 1914, annual traffic is fifteen thousand vessels. it’s crazy to see these massive cruise ships and tankers squeezing through the three locks. literally. ships are built to the size of the canal so that they can pass through but they only leave a foot on each side of room. and when it’s all said and done it takes eight hours for the ship to pass from one side to the other
-Scotty needed a haircut. luckily for him, barbershops line the streets in the Cinco de Mayo district. i use the term barbershop loosely. we are talking a chair. and a barber. NOW Panamanians must have the freshest dos in all of the world because the seats are always full and someone waiting in line. it took all of fifteen minutes for him to be buzzed and edged out. looked great only he felt he had a black man’s haircut. super clean forehead line brought way back.
-Trump Tower: the pool attendants lay out the towel on your lounge chair for you. Trumps got his A game on at all times.
-friendship bracelets: to pass time we have bought string to make bracelets. Scotty is a traveler and now makes pretty bracelets. ha!
-markets: meat and fruit are sold by the masses in separate markets.