Feels Like Home
Posted Aug 23, 2013
I chose to stay in MD for my vacation in Panama because I wanted to have a feel of how locals live. The location is ideal because it is close to bus/taxi stands, restaurants, a small mall, a casino, and most of all, it is in a very safe environment. Since I stayed in B & B's in most of my travels, I knew what to expect, amenities wise. The place is actually a converted residential. I stayed in a room called "grape" with a private bathroom. The amenities are basic but very comfortable. The room is clean, aircondition unit works well, and although it is right beside the breakfast area, it was quiet. The housekeeper cleans the room and makes the bed every morning.
Breakfast was delicious. Jesus prepared (for me) a typical Panama breakfast, which was great.
More than the place, my stay was made very memorable by the owners, Jesus and Maria. They were very pleasant, warm, hospitable, helpful, and spoke good English, so there wasn't any problem with communication. They can arrange taxi rides at any time. Jesus brought me to the Panama Canal when I wasn't able to arrange a ride. He also arranged for a taxi to tour me around the city for five hours at a very minimal price, and took me to the airport when I left. He wrote transportation tips and guides when I went on my own to Portobelo and Colon. I felt safe knowing that the owner of the place was concerned about my well being. Although the extra transportation with Jesus were not gratis, it made me feel safe and special