Settling In

After weeks and months of planning, packing and moving we finally made it to Panama City.

We arrived three days ago and immediately tried to break into someone’s apartment. Turns out apartment 20B (vein-te bay) and apartment 20C (vein-te say) sound very similar in Spanish.

This is our apartment

We are staying in Apartment 20C. Apartment 20B is occupied by a nice gentleman that handled us trying to open his door with our key very well.

The apartment is nice and has great views once you get past the netting. It’s either to keep robbers out, keep us from falling out, or we accidentally rented a jail.

I know it’s unpopular to complain about the heat when it’s winter back home, but it’s hot here. Like really really hot. Hot and humid. Like 90 degrees with a 102-degree heat index.

Jeff is fine in the heat. Me, not so much.

I’m melting.

Walking to the giant shopping mall to get SIM cards for our cell phones was hot. But it was nice and air-conditioned inside. We ordered lunch at Fitness Foods. Since it said right on the sign Happy and Healthy we figured we couldn’t go wrong.

But then it came and Jeff almost took a bite of crab thinking it was some kind of exotic Panamanian vegetable. Luckily I stopped him since he’s allergic to crab.

Jeff would have been the opposite of happy and healthy if he had eaten this.

Next stop was the subway station to get our bus/subway passes. It took three people and a security guard to help us use the kiosk, even though it was in English.

The subway and buses are nice, clean, and air-conditioned!

Here is Jeff waiting for a train.

Stylish, normal, standing by the tracks.

Here’s me waiting for the same train.

Refusing to move from the aircon vent on the stairs, smeared makeup, messed up hair, dazed look.

But, luckily it doesn’t take much to revive me. Jeff has been a good sport about posing for photos…up to a point.

A selfie? Sure why not.
I’m done.

Luckily, this one I got on the first try.

16 thoughts on “Settling In”

  1. Glad you folks made it safely. You sure aren’t convincing me to come visit with all the heat and humidity talk. None the less it’s still on my consideration list. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    1. It’s fine as long as you don’t go outside. ๐Ÿ˜ at some point I’m expecting to get used to it and then I’ll need a heavy parka, hats and gloves when we come back to Seattle in the summer.

  2. Thanks for sharing first pictures and impressions. You’d need a parka here anyway, snow and ice in Seattle this week. We miss you!

    1. I am glad we missed the snow and ice. Moving was hard enough, I can’t imagine doing it in snow. Hope everyone stays safe and warm.

  3. It will take time to get used to that heat! I live that you started off by trying to break into someone apartment! Lol! Looking forward to hearing more! Hugs.

  4. Hey Sheryl & Jeff!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing the photo’s! looks like you have settled in and are being adventurous as usual ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeah not sure I could take the heat but with the snow/ice I could take a big dose now. Has it been all that you imagined it to be? I know you haven’t been there long but curious on first impressions.
    take care and have FUN! we are living thru you two ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That is such a great question. We came here five years ago to check it out, so we sort of knew what to expect. I knew it would be hot, I didn’t know how much of a baby I would be about it. But so far it’s met and exceeded expectations.

  5. If it makes you feel better, Scott also tried to open someone elseโ€™s door…. and the doors donโ€™t even look the same… enjoy the heat, I am a bit jealous of it since it is about 50-60 in Portugal

    B

  6. I think itโ€™s genetic because I absolutely cannot stand heat and humidity either. It makes me feel panicky. Like if I donโ€™t escape it something terrible will happen. I donโ€™t understand how some people are just fine with it.

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