Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Traveling Through Panama

My friend Martina is visiting in Pedasi for a few days.  She’s been traveling all over the world for the past ten months.  She’s such an inspiration!  Last night we were catching up and we started discussing how easy it is to travel in Panama compared to other Central and South American countries.  But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect…

As they say in Panama por ejemplo (for example)…

A few weeks ago while sitting in a fourteen passenger propeller plane on the island of Achutupu awaiting my return flight to Panama City from the Islands of San Blas I noticed that one of the tires on the plane was rapidly losing air.  Upon pointing it out to the pilot he replied “esta bien, esta bien” (it’s good, it’s good).  He flashed me a million dollar smile, closed the door and prepared for takeoff.

Now, I don’t know much about tires and flying and things like that but I have blown a few tires on I-4 and I-10 so I know it’s not an ideal situation to be in.   I could just assume the same thing would go for flying/landing a plane.

I was right.

As the plane landed at Albrook Airport in Panama City we took a hard veer to the left.  Or was it the right? I don’t remember, I was to busy praying that God would take me quickly as I don’t like being in pain and I really wasn’t in the mood to suffer a painful death that day.

Luggage and cargo went flying, I fell out of seat and dropped my phone (of course I was live tweeting the entire thing) which slid, face first, all the way to the front of the plane.  Upon scrambling to retrieve it I fell into the lap of an unsuspecting Kuna woman who promptly wrapped her arms around me held onto me for dear life.

We all walked away.  We were all survivors that day.

Upon removing myself from the wreckage, and by wreckage I mean myself (I was not the best version of myself after this event) the pilot with the million dollar smile puts his arm around my shoulder, and through a Santa Clause caliber laughs says, in perfect English, “See, I told you it would be okay!!!”

Check the different pages on the Portal as we will soon be adding a “getting around and getting there” section.  This is will be your place to learn all the ins and outs while traveling through Panama.  I’ll add more info as I get it/experience it!

Traveling in Panama…it’s never boring!