Miami and Panama
We traveled to Florida to photograph the Miami-Dade Courthouse for the architectural firm that did the repair work on the 1928 high-rise. We took photos from numerous locations, both during the day and at night to highlight the new colored lighting display. While we were in Miami, I got a call about a project in Panama. I had my passport shipped overnight to Miami and then took off the next day. I have always wanted to see Panama. I’m part Panamanian but have never been to the country. Panama City is making a considerable effort to repair the beautiful old structures in Casco Viejo, or the old part of town. Some of the buildings are in bad shape, with parts of them crumbling. Others are just hollow shells with scaffolding holding up the front facades. The buildings that have been restored are now beautiful hotels and businesses. Plus there are many street markets and ladies selling colorful molas and artwork. There is a vibrant new part of Panama City with skyscrapers, condos, and fancy hotels. But the real fun is in exploring the old town. Plus, there isn’t an exchange rate and they use US currency! It makes life a little easier when it comes to negotiating prices in the street markets I did get to venture outside the city into the jungles along the Canal. I saw hummingbirds, heard wild monkeys, and was bitten by a mosquito the size of a dragonfly. I was pretty sure that I had immediately contracted Yellow Fever, Zika, and five other diseases. Luckily I survived to write this blog entry. I’m hoping I get a chance soon to venture back and explore other parts of Panama.