Panama, you have my heart.

Admittedly, travel has been something I haven't had much of in my life. Aside from a couple of weekend trips to Canada while in college and one very messy Cancun spring break experience, I've been states-bound my whole life. So, when my darling friends decided to get married in Panama, the husband and I knew we needed to make this into a real vacation. 

 View from our Airbnb rooftop!

View from our Airbnb rooftop!

 The architecture was breathtaking

The architecture was breathtaking

 Tucked away bar with hammock-swings for stools? Yes and YES.

Tucked away bar with hammock-swings for stools? Yes and YES.

We spent 2 1/2 days in Panama City, exploring the old city, Casca Viejo, and basically eating/drinking everything in sight. We stayed in a phenomenal Airbnb with the most amazing rooftop. Casca Viejo was breath-taking. Skinny streets with barely existent sidewalks and the most amazing architecture. I admittedly took photos of basically every corner of the city, and of course, the husband was a true sport and took these photos in front of the brightest color-block walls I've ever seen. He's a trooper, but to be honest, I think he kind of enjoyed his role as art director. 

 Made a new friend! Well kind of... husband wouldn't let me pet him. 

Made a new friend! Well kind of... husband wouldn't let me pet him. 

When our other friends and wedding guests began to arrive, we moved into a great big Airbnb deeper into the newer city. Not going to lie, this place was basically a mansion overlooking the ocean and the fact that it was filled with friends made it that much more amazing. 

Then, after a night of delicious food, reuniting with friends and rooftop cocktails, the real amazing-ness began. Saturday morning, we boarded a ferry (fully stocked with beer, of course) and headed out to the island of Contodora, a small island off of the Pacific side of Panama. This. Place. Was. Unreal. The views were breath-taking and our apartment on the island was open, and airy. 

We essentially spent the rest of the weekend at various parties, events and of course, the wedding, itself. Let's just say, the husband and I barely have any photos of our own wedding up in the house, and I have half a mind to plaster my walls with photos of this wedding; simply amazing. It will be a long while before I forget the salty breeze, turquoise waters and white sand between my toes... *sigh*. We came back to D.C. with our hearts full, our skins bronzed (okay, fine, I was a bit burned) and our livers in need of a definite detox; so basically the ideal vacation.                                                                                                                      

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