We spent the week after Christmas in Panama. A lot of friends asked us why we picked Panama? We picked Panama because 1.) it is a relatively short flight from the US and good for a one week vacation 2.) it has beautiful beaches 3.) it is warm in December 4.) it has interesting sights and culture and 5.) it is not super expensive (although prices are higher the week after Christmas, than other times of the year).
Panama is a great destination with kids, not only for the above reasons, but also because there are so many kid friendly activities once you are there. During our week, we spent two and a half days in Panama City and four days on the beaches near Bocas Del Toro. There is also amazing hiking in the rain forests inland (near Boquete), but we decided we didn’t have enough time to go there as well (reason to return!). Here are our top 5 activities with kids we loved in Panama:
Having grown up in San Francisco, I have had a lot of time to think about what I like and don’t like about the city. When I was in high school I couldn’t wait to move somewhere else. The East Coast, with its beautiful fall leaves, snow white winters (skiing!) and warm summers, sounded perfect. However, every time I move away (and I have tried three times) I find myself moving back within only a year or two. Sure, San Francisco has its pitfalls; traffic, high cost of living, too many hipsters, but there are so many things that I love, that it is hard to stay away. There are so many reasons to love SF that I thought I would share, in a series of love letters to sf, some of my favorite parts of the city.
After big D arrived and I went back to work, I had the typical mommy guilt. The feeling of not having enough balance in my life, not enough time with my kid (then it was only 1). Big D was always one of the first kids at daycare and one the last kids to get picked up. Ten to eleven hours at day care, a long day; I felt so bad. I started the conversation with my manager then. “I want more time with my kid”, “I want a more flexible schedule” “I want to work part time”. Although there was no one in our company doing it, my manager was totally open to the conversation (surprising) and totally supportive (even though she didn’t have kids herself). AMAZING! I told her I could be patient, but I wanted to start the conversation now.
Last Sunday night we did something out of our normal routine. We had an early dinner, the kids put on their jammies, and we headed out to take some pictures of the golden gate bridge at sunset. It doesn’t sounds like anything amazing, but we had so much FUN! It was one of those rare moments, where everyone is having a good time. The kids were running and skipping all over the place, and us parents were too.