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1st time to the U.S and Panama, day 3 updated

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by jyc860923, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    IMG heavy, the U.S and Panama, a week now


    It's been a week now and when I get back to China I can really use the time difference to sleep early. Tonight we went to a restaurant with Panamanian song and dance, pretty much like what we have experienced in New Zealand during the "Hangi" (Maori language, the treat, correct me if I'm wrong) of a Maori culture show. The scenes look like this.

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    DAY 6

    Yesterday and the day before that we have visited the most famous Canal and old Panama city, today I took a taxi to the Ancon mountain to take a 360 view of the city, and after that, went to the Flaminco marina and took several photos.

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    Taxi driver Victor

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    DAY 5

    Having seen the old Panama City from the other side of the city last night, we decided to go around the old part to see some Spanish styles today. After that we took a taxi to the Albrook Mall.

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    DAY 4

    We went to have dinner at a restaurant very close to the canal, here are some photos and a short video of the ships and canal lock.

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    and the link to the video on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/pc37XJ

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    DAY 3

    Finally we have come to Panama this afternoon, did just a few shots today, will start shooting more when we finished our business here, probably will go to the famous canal. Not being able to be understood by English is a pain, the hotel staff speaks English and yet I have to explain what a "water boiler" is since there's no coffee maker or water boiler in the room, "water boiler is a pot that uses electricity to heat the water so I can have hot water to make coffee or tea at any time", but the people here are very nice.

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    DAY 2

    OK, funny things happen, my travel agency made a mistake, they booked the air ticket to Panama for yesterday, so I didn't make it today to Panama, one more day in DC, so I figured it's a gift for me to do more photography in DC. Tomorrow morning I'll be on the flight to Panama though. As ordinary as the images may seem to you VA and Washington guys, I think a few of them are quite nice, and I saw a guy there shooting time lapse, any chance he's watching this thread? :p 

    not quite a productive day, our American friend showed us around the city, he used to visit the west wing on a job so he knows this area pretty well. I first knew the Lincoln Memorial and that reflective pool when I was in middle school and I watched Forest Gump, never could forget its grandness ever since, but I don't see that in my photo.

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    DAY 1

    Finally, after 13 hours flight from Beijing, here I am arrived at Dulles, found a hotel nearby and there really is nowhere else I want to go this evening, just had some dinner at Bob Evans, planning to go to DC tomorrow, took some random photos before returning to the hotel. All were just regular scenes, plus a few shots on the plane. G5 + Kodak 12-45, PL25 1.4, and Oly 40-150.

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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Welcome. You can do better than Bob Evans.:smile:
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  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Not by much, food is terrible in VA.
  4. yakky

    yakky Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2013
    He's in Northern VA, there is a ton of great food here, especially as you get closer to DC. Its not NYC or West Coast good, but at least its not the fried garbage of other big cities. OP, Yelp.com is your friend for finding good food.
  5. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    I used to live in Fairfax/Alexandria for many years. You are exactly correct, it is nothing like NYC or the West Coast. Thai Square was good in Arlington, but as far as a metropolitan area, great food is very hard to come by. Most of the restaurants wouldn't last 2 weeks on this coast/NYC/Chicago. Just saying.
    BTW, I know I asked you this before, but are you the same yakky from Autopia.org by any chance?
  6. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    To me, ordering food is the most difficult thing during travelling. Just like I explained at the restaurant, you see that I speak English, I can read the menus, but I don't know what I ordered was about to taste like. But I do know for sure is I'm not settling for fried chips especially after flying across the arctic to get here.

    I guess that Bob Evans is one of the most commonly seen type of fast food in the U.S.? I'm ready and willing to get some surprise...
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Hey, our roadkill possum soufflé is renowned.

    Seriously, you can often ask for recommendations from the server and get a bit of a description.
  8. yakky

    yakky Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 1, 2013
    Sorry if I missed that before, yeah, I'm one and the same.
  9. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    cool! So when did you switch to m4/3? Last I remember you were using a dslr
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Too bad you didn't come to Los Angeles, we have some of the best fusion of food in this part of the US!
  11. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    I didn't, but I WILL arrive in LA when I'm back from Panama:2thumbs:
  12. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Panama was incredible in the 80s-90s I can't wait to see your photos!
  13. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Funny; I was in Shenyang last week while you're in the US.

    Enjoy your trip!

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  14. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    Beautiful images and a great documentary of your fantastic trip, just added Panama to my list of places to visit in future!
  15. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    Thanks! I keep the stories short but you can see everything in the photos. People don't speak much English definitely is a limit, even so I've learned a lot about Panama because the people are so nice and they are telling all kinds of interesting stories of the country. I'm glad that I tried to learn some Italian in the past (though I quit, it was too hard), it helps to understand some expressions in Spanish.
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  16. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    That's half the fun I think, I'm not particularly skilled at languages but I enjoy the challenge of communicating in a new place! Enjoy the rest of your trip, look forward to the next set of photos!
  17. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    You're right. Next stop will be Los Angeles, N.C.

    they have got a Los Angeles here in Panama too, and a San Francisco.

    I've always wanted to go to Ireland, and Italy, there produced my favourite music.
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