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Today we decided to walk to Avenida Balboa which is supposed to be the best street in Panama City and the costliest kilometre of road in the world (US$2,000 a square metre). We started walking with a google maps screen shot. Along the way Phil found a barber and had a hair cut and beard trim -only US$11. Yes, Phil has grown himself a nice little beard which is really white, so hopefully he will still have it at Christmas and he can don a red suit too! Of course we get lost, and finally head in the right direction to come to a highway with nowhere to cross the road safely. Time for a taxi! We manage to hail one near an exit and he drives us along part of the avenue past all the nice hotels, casinos and financial district. We get out and walk the rest of the avenue and continue over a pedestrian overpass to look at the harbour and the skyline of Panama City.

Now off to the Biomuseo. This is a museum which tells the story of how Panama was formed millions of years ago and the ecosystems and wildlife that is here today, and unfortunately what has become extinct. The museum was designed by Frank Gehry and it is a striking building of bright colours and many angles. We get an audio guide and see 8 different exhibitions. It's a fascinating museum with some very innovative displays, like the cinema which has 9 screens , two in front, two each side, two on the ceiling and one under the glass floor. The 7 minute screening shows us all the ecosystems in Panama and the wildlife that inhabit them. We also learn that the sloth we saw yesterday was a Pygmy sloth, because it has 3 claws, and that they are critically endangered. So we were very lucky to see one.

It's now way past lunch and getting hot so we grab a taxi to a shopping mall. In fact it's an enormous mall. It's cool inside and we have a sandwich in the food court and then wander around the shops. Phil looks for some new shorts and I get some hair products. We did go into a store called Madison (we went in because of the name) and it happened to sell kids clothing, so we bought some beautiful clothes for our little Madison. Next challenge is to get them to HK.

There is a Peruvian restaurant around the corner from our Hotel so we try it for dinner tonight. Good homemade style food with lots of potato, just like in Peru.

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