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We flew to Panama City this afternoon, around about a 70-minute flight from Managua for the next part of our holiday.

After the remoteness and quiet that one feels in Nicaragua, the 2nd poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, we now find ourselves in Panama City, the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, which isn’t a real surprise given it’s rich diversity given to it by the famed, almost century old Canal plus it’s reputation as an international banking centre.

Panama City also offers a lot of history, parts of which were founded by the Spanish 500 years ago. The best way to explore most cities with only a short time to achieve it, is by climbing aboard an open top bus, which is our plan tomorrow.

Despite the history chasing I can’t resist a modern city hotel, thus we find ourselves in the Trump Hotel, which has been designed in the shape of a gigantic sail, not too dissimilar to the Burj al Arab in Dubai.

There is no mistaking that ‘the Donald’ had a say in the design of this place. There is plenty of kitsch and glitz, and it certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of Darjeeling.

However, it is right up our street and we’re off to find the bar, and get ourselves the most over the top drink on offer.

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  1. Blimey! That’s Panama City? Looks more like Singapore or Hong Kong. Always imagined it would be like Teddington in the jungle….

    August 9, 2013
  2. I was surprised by it’s Cityscape as well. Lots of investment being made into a sprawl of slim skyscrapers a few feet away from the next one. Get the impression many may become white elephants although they are big into the competitive ex-pat retirement market offering plenty of incentives. An interesting city to visit though.

    August 11, 2013
  3. Wow we didn’t know Panama City had so many cool buildings! We’ve just read on your blog that you used to live in London, UK. well we travel a lot around England so if you feel homesick you can visit monkeyandmillie. We’ll be sure to stop by here again!

    August 13, 2013

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