on arrival

We arrived in Panama City late at night and stayed at an airport hotel, El Hotel Riande Aeropuerto. In the morning, one of the teachers from the school took us to our home-stay. We are staying in a large apartment in downtown Panama City; it has three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, a dining room and two verandas. Our hostess is an 84-year-old woman from Valencia, Spain. She has lived in Argentine and Peru, as well as Panama. Her Spanish is very good. She is interesting and patient. She volunteers at the Hospital in the Canal Zone.

We are told the neighborhood is very safe, but, like a lower-east-side-Manhattan apartment, we have five keys for the various gates, doors and grates.

We also met the School Director. He is Canadian, well-traveled, born in Newfoundland, speaks very good Spanish and is friendly and helpful.

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