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A Walking Tour of Panama City

“No tengo Instagram. Mi memoria fotographica. / I don’t have Instagram. My memory is photographic.”

~Author Unknown

I had one request: To try some great, authentic food in Panama City. That simple request turned into an expansive walking tour of Panama City, complete with views, history, photo ops, rooftop bars and street art.

To be fair, we did hop a $3 cab because a restaurant I wanted to try was closing. And we also took a 3-stop, 35-cent subway ride. Yes, the subways of Panama, which are only about a year old and cleaner than most streets, were only 35 cents per person. Score.

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The Rich Afro-Latino Culture of Panama

Panama’s a really wonderful country. There’s obviously the Panama Canal, which brings a lot of tourism, and a huge American influence; it’s just a mix of so many great things: African, Caribbean, Latin American Spanish, all kinds of influences there.

~J August Richards

I will admit, when I booked my trip to Panama, I didn’t know much about the country. The booking was caused by a change of plans, and the location was chosen on a bit of a whim. I knew, quite obviously, that a huge draw was the Panama Canal, that Panama City had supposedly become very metropolitan, and I knew I enjoyed neighboring Costa Rica. That was all I had when I booked.

So I decided a couple of weeks before leaving that I should perhaps look into this country I had just committed myself to visiting. A friend from a travel group I am in had a contact who lived there and put me in touch with him. And when I did some basic research, I realized that this country had some amazing cultural aspects that I wanted to explore. Another traveler from the travel group said she was going the same time I was, so we decided to explore together the country together.

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Thrillist’s Culinary Roadtrip Brings the Nation’s Regional Specialties to LA

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

~James Beard

Been hankering to eat your way across the country on a coast-to-coast road trip but don’t have the time? Thrillist has the solution for you.

Whenever I visit a new location, I try to experience the local food delicacies. I want to enjoy the foodie spots and items that a local experiences. Well, Thrillist had the same idea. So this weekend it hosted the “Culinary Roadtrip,” which was a smattering of local delicacies at Siren Studios in Hollywood.

All of the delicious food and none of the driving? Let’s dig in.

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Birthday Reflections: Things I Have Learned in Travel and in Life

“A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.”

~Author Unknown

As another year comes and goes, I am taking some time to reflect on the past year. I wanted to assess all of the things I have learned, in my travels and in my life.  I will admit, I didn’t even have time to reflect (or even realize my birthday was imminent) until the week of my bday. Life has been so hectic lately…

Nonetheless, this is what I came up with.

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On Being a Tourist in Your Hometown… And Facing Fears

“I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.”

~Taylor Swift

On my latest trip home, I decided to do something a little different. Wherever I go home, I see family, shop, and have great food and great drinks.  I will sometimes, depending on weather and schedule, make it into the city proper, but usually to meet up with someone or enjoy a good meal.

It has been forever since I did some of the quintessential Chicago things that people coBut I don’t know how I feel about a 45 min cab ride by myself me from far an wide to partake in. It has been forever since I was a tourist in my hometown.

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