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May 13, 2003

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For the last time we boarded a long distance bus thru Central America. This one carried us overnight from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Panama City, Panama. This city acts a perfect setting to end a Central American trip because it combines the ultra modern with remnants of Spanish colonialism and indigineous people. The old district of San Felipe is an area of fading colonial grandeur, peeling paint and falling balconies. Via Espaņa's banking district is its antithesis, with shining modern buildings of glass and glitz.
At the eastern end of Panama City we find the ruins of the original city built by the Spanish in 1519, Panama La Vieja.
Skyscraper pool with a view of modern Panama City, the Via Espana banking district.