In Panamá: Albrook Mall

Malls are much the same wherever you go.  In fact, for most malls, it’s not easy to tell if you are in St. Louis or Dublin since many of the stores and much of the retail is the same.  An exception is China with its modern, high-rise, high-end malls filled with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, action-packed movies at $20.00 a ticket, and  fine dining on the upper floors.  Panamá City too has a mall that seems exceptional to me.  It is big – in fact, the largest mall in Latin America – the Albrook Mall!

Besides being a retail center, the Albrook Mall is the terminus for the Panamá City Metro and the Central Bus Terminal of Panamá – the long-distance and city public bus terminals.

Albrook Mall has over 350 stores, more than 100 restaurants divided into three food courts; the mall is so big that we found only two.  The food courts include all the big names such as the McDonalds, Dunking Donuts, Subway, and Quiznos plus local chains and independent restaurants: Fitness Foods, Ni Hao Chinese restaurant, and salad bars.   Also you’ll find a movie theater, a bowling alley, a supermarket, casinos, and more – almost anything you could possible want or need is there at Albrook Mall.

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Even a kiosk of religious items from Israel – at Albrook Mall

The mall is opened every day from 10am to 8pm; the restaurants in the food courts close at 9pm.  We found nothing open at 4am when we arrived by our long-distance bus from Boquete.  But we caught the first Metro train of the day to the Veneto, our hotel, where they let us check-in early – and we were there in time for its great breakfast that starts at 6:30am.   So even if you end up at Albrook Mall when it is not open, transportation to where you want to go is readily available.

 

We were at the Albrook Mall several times: we got our sim cards, drank fruit smoothies, ate tasty snacks, caught long-distance buses and the Metro, and watched people – all at Albrook Mall.

Be sure to check out  the Albrook Mall when you are in Panamá City.

Aloha, Amor y Luz, Renée

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “In Panamá: Albrook Mall”

  1. Rosita says :

    Very cool those photos!👍🏼 one day, I’ll visit Panama. It looks like a great (and modern) country to this cosmopolitan girl visit 🙂 I like modernity with tradition, who’s, basically cosmopolitanism who preserves its roots, without degenering its original culture. I want to adopt a dog, but I can’t at this moment, so, I’m going to foster a dog from any local animal shelter, and, plus, it’ll be a good experience for myself, by dealing with abandoned animals and it’ll be my base when I found my animal shelter. It’s a dream that has not (yet) become reality, but I’m struggling to realize this dream. When it don’t occur, I’ll foster a dog at the shelter. I’ll take care of it as it was mine, and I’ll walk it at streets as pedigree dogs of a foreigner breed, like my Bali, who’s a KBD (Kintamani Bali Dog), despite the fact that the dog (or even a puppy) I’ll help would be a BSD (Brazilian Street Dog). But there’s no problem, because I’ll treat it as my very own puppy, although it obviously isn’t mine. Obviously when it find a permanent home, I’ll feel a mix of sadness & happiness. And when it occur, I’ll foster another dog & save a life. I believe that one life is one life and should be respect like that, independently of its specie, so, I don’t eat meat and help so much street dogs. I’ll foster a dog and I’ll mention a bit about it when I do that. It’ll be an unique experience for me and my family and I hope that I’ll incentive people to do the same and not mistreat animals.

  2. Geri Sue Kliegman Rapp says :

    For all the interesting diversity, it could have ben a mall in Brooklyn!

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