In March 2008 I began Finding Pennies. In December 2008 I began sharing these "Penny Tales" with a few close friends. They encouraged me to blog the Penny Tales such that more people could enjoy the Adventures with Penny Angels.
Richard arrived a few minutes
early. I asked him, “To what would you
attribute these Penny Finds”? His
answer, “Belief”. And with that, we were
off to have fun! Richard grew up in
Panama so it was fun to hear about his childhood and his experiences.
Dozens of Postcards Here
FINALLY A PENNY!
took Doc and I down narrow roads and to out-of-the-way places where our huge
tour bus could not travel.We found
numerous places which sold postcards.YAY!We visited the huge central
post office downtown Panama City.I
could not believe my ears when they said they did not have postcard
stamps.I could use SIX of their 5¢
stamps but those are very large and would cover the entire right side of the
cards.Guess I will need to mail these
from home.Never take for granted our
U.S. Postal Service.They do an awesome
After three hours of sightseeing
and diligently searching for coins, we had seen some beautiful things, but had not
found a single coin!So I hired Richard
for an additional hour.We darted to
various scenic and tourist areas hoping to find a coin.Nothing.Finally, with about 2 minutes to spare, we found a penny in a
naturestrip at the old US Yacht Club.Then a second penny near by.God’s 2¢ worth for today.Whew!
Back at the hotel it was time
for postcard writing and a nap.We
didn’t even bother with redeeming our free drink voucher at the bar.Around 7:30 p.m. on the way to the
All-You-Can-Eat Huge Dinner Buffet, Doc insisted upon stopping at the Ice Cream
Shop to get a dessert.Does that make
ice creams were delicious.Unfortunately
I was paying more attention to my dessert than to where I was walking.That resulted in a pretty painful fall down
some stairs, a very twisted and eventually purple left ankle, a scraped right
knee, and damaged trousers.Thankfully
the cup of ice cream remained in tact so I could enjoy it while enduring the
ice pack the EMT brought out.
Friday, April 15th
the Caravan Tour did not begin until 10 a.m. so there was time after breakfast
for Doc and I to go out for HIS 10,000 steps for the day and MY penny for the
day.LOLOne penny was found.The tour took
us to a small Kuna marketplace for native crafts.(Good to have this at the end of the trip vs.
beginning).We collected one U.S. Penny,
one Panamanian Penny, two carved Tagua nuts, a wallet for Doc and a necklace
with a Panamanian Coin on it.
evening was filled with delicious food at the Farewell Dinner and a very
impressive private performance by native dancers.The women’s attire can run from $5,000 to
$15,000!I kept wondering how those
outfits would be laundered?Tidbit: one
of the haircombs in the ladies’ headpieces has a small dagger to be used for
protection if needed!
Saturday, April 16th
plane flight home was scheduled for late afternoon so we had all morning to do
something.I called Richard last night
and asked him if he had a few hours available this morning?Could I hire him to do some more Penny
Finding and take us to the airport?He
must think we are crazy to spend $100 to find a Penny! That is NOT a good ROI
(Return on Investment).
arrived at 10 a.m. and for the next few hours we had a blast!We walked along the boardwalk and through the
stalls at the fish market, enjoyed octopus ceviche (only Richard), drove around
the City, passed through a former US Army Base, saw where the new subway line was being
excavated, and enjoyed numerous other “non tourist” sights.We were sad to end our play session, but we
had a plane to catch.
During the time with Richard,
we collected 12 pennies, a nickel and a dime.
At the Panama Airport there
was a penny and then a dime in the Houston Airport.
So, on our 9-day Panama trip in Total we collected: 34 Pennies (US and Panamanian), 3 Nickels, 3
Dimes, 1 Quarter and two other foreign coins.
The Penny Angels certainly aren’t bound by earthly borders. They can travel without passports or luggage
and are sure a lot of fun to take along!