On Tuesday I flew from Orlando to Panama. The plan is that I will locate a short-term furnished rental, then my husband and the dogs will join me.
It’s a little complicated because in April we fly back to Florida for our son’s wedding. If I find a rental quickly, we’re fine. If it takes a while, my husband will probably opt to stay in the US until after the nuptials.
I have to admit, I’ve gotten off to a bit of a rocky start here.
First was a problem which I anticipated but didn’t feel able to do much about: I brought too damn much luggage with me.
There’s a big difference between packing for a visit and packing for a move. We won’t be shipping anything down, so it’s whatever we can haul.
I lugged down a 25″ case weighing about 60 pounds (Copa is very generous with baggage allowances. Right now they permit two checked bags at 70 pounds apiece. . .). I have a 23″ suitcase that weighed in at about 40 pounds, a rolling duffel at about 25 pounds, and my laptop messenger bag at about a ton and a half.
Well, maybe I’m exaggerating just a titch about the laptop bag, but not much. The weight of a large laptop, camera, iPod, Kindle, headset, chargers for all the above plus a small purse and some documents. . . you get the idea.
The problem is, I’m a small woman, measuring 5 feet tall when I stand up straight.
My husband helped with with the bags at the Orlando airport end. I had no idea what I would do when I arrived at Tocumen.
Fortunately, the airport had rolling carts to rent for $2 (once I found the guy with the key). I had arranged for the hotel to send a taxi for me, and the driver helped with the bags at the hotel.
But how on earth was I going to schlep all that luggage to the interior?
I checked on the cost of hiring a driver to take me to my next destination, and it was way more than I wanted to pay.
I talked with the hotel, and they agreed to store my biggest bag for me until I come back through.
One problem solved, at least temporarily.
I still have way too much luggage. . . but I don’t think there’s much I can do about it now.
I may need to rent a car — something I’d been hoping to avoid — just to deal with the baggage.
Stay tuned. . .