Jeff and I have been trying to swim every day, but last Saturday we needed a break from the pool.
We decided we should do an exercise walk on the Cinta Costera which translates to the “coastal beltway.” It’s a really nice walking and cycling path along the water. We were on it once before in the middle of the day and I almost had heatstroke, so I insisted get up early for this walk.
We’re still not morning people. Getting up early on a Saturday was rough.
We got in our workout clothes and headed out to find coffee.
Coffee Max is a local Panamanian coffee shop with two locations in Panama City which I’ve been wanting to try. I couldn’t wait to go in and try local coffee.
We got in and found they only served Illy Coffee which, while delicious, is from Italy.
I appreciated the signage but something just seemed a bit too forceful about it.
I ordered an iced Americano and Jeff got a regular Americano.
Mine was so good. I asked Jeff to take a photo of me enjoying my coffee.
When Jeff asked the baristas for warm milk to put in his coffee he somehow forgot all his Spanish and only remembered the Italian he learned back in 2005.
In Italian caldo mean hot. In Spanish however, it means broth. Jeff asked for broth to put in his coffee. Good thing the barista asked for clarification.
Ordering a ham and cheese croissant went better.
It was oddly flattened, but delicious.
They also had several different hummus’s on the menu. We didn’t order any, but as a hummus addict, this would be good for next time.
They had these super cool cups that I couldn’t stop running my fingers over.
They also had this sign above the register. Seems a bit motivational and religious for a coffee shop, but then again there are only two locations so they can do whatever they want.
Translated from Google: Work good and win in everything you do, as if it was for God and not for people.
The barista was super nice and put up with our bad Spanish but seemed slightly frightened by us.
After we finished our coffee, we headed out for the Cinta Costera path.
They had these great telescopes. Unfortunately, they were in an area that smelled really bad. Jeff refused to even get near enough to look through them.
I was super happy to see these recycling bins. There doesn’t seem to be recycling here of any kind. Sadly, these really nice bins were empty, so not being used.
We walked for a while, then decided it was time to head back to our apartment to hydrate. We jumped in an uber and made it back with only minimal complaining about heatstroke on my part.
It was a great walk, we saw a ton, smelled some bad smells and had some great coffee.
When I’m not “hydrating,” learning Spanish or looking for a job, I’m reading other blogs.
I’ve created a page for sites with other blogs if anyone is interested. It’s on the Links page on the menu.
This is a great place to get started.