Panama City, Panama

by Patrick on January 7, 2011

I’ve watched specials on the Discovery and History channel about the Panama Canal for as long as I can remember and I’ve always found it fascinating.  Check out this video of us flying over the canal and landing at Panama City’s downtown airport.

As you can see the landing was uneventful, but as with all international arrivals customs and immigration was a little more interesting.  We arrived on the ramp next to several airliners and were greeted by the inspectors.  They looked around confused as we unloaded our bags and then one gentlemen, that looked like a mad scientist, asked me for a $10 sanitation fee, no big deal.  The interesting part is after I paid him he proceeded to take an aerosol can and spray the inside of our plane with what smelled like a really strong bug spray.  Luckily we didn’t leave for two days so the plane was able to air out.  After this we proceeded inside the terminal for what is now becoming the typical customs merry-go-round from one office to another.  Amazingly these people make the US government look efficient.  Each office has two to three people in it, often sleeping, waiting on the one or two arrivals per day.  Did I mention everything is paper and pencil too, however they all seem to be very friendly:-)

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Lee Mattix January 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Next best thing to being there. Thanks for having me along via the electrons. I can sense the fun, adventure, and excitement vicariously. You guys are cool, but then you knew that already.

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Gerardo Labrador January 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

How could I forget my airport? Felt a little nostalgic when I saw the video, I really miss it. Panama is awesome, glad to hear you guys had fun there. Nice approach and landing btw!

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Edie Stahl January 8, 2011 at 3:05 am

$10 for a spray bath. Wow. Hope it kills the bed bugs that might be hitching a ride. 🙂

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Jaime Ordovás January 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Hello there, I understand that you guys will be passing through Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). If you need any help or anyone to show you guys around please dont hesitate contacting me. I would be glad to help out.
I am spanish/irish and have lived in Latin America for over 15 years, 1 year of which I have spent with my wife and kids in the DR.
Send me an email or call me on +1 829 6386304.

Saludos

Jaime

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