In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Panama City, Panama
Panama, we were greeted by a thundering tropical rain storm with sheets of
water pouring down from the sky. However, when we reached our hotel, amazingly,
the streets were dry! We must have traveled through a pocket of weather that
didn't affect the main city.
Unpacking and getting
settled in our hotel room, we decided that the next day we would go to
Casco Viejo, or Old Town, was built in 1672 and is the second Panama City. The
first city was built in 1519 and was purposefully burned to the ground in 1671
to prevent the pirate Henry Morgan from attacking and looting it.
Vieja Havana in Casco Viejo
A $3 taxi ride from our
hotel brought us directly to Old Town and we wandered around this section of the
city. Renovation has been going on for some time now, and much of Casco Viejo
has been restored. The town now showcases Colonial buildings from the 1600s that
are clean, upscale, and nicely painted.
Old cobblestone streets
have been updated to new flat brick pavers which make it easier for walking and
getting about this area of town.
After having a couple of
cappuccinos and sharing a huge chocolate brownie in a French bakery, we walked
around and discovered Vieja Havana.
Vieja Havana advertising
the local Botran Rum
Vieja Havana sits on the
corner of the street close to the Presidential guard station and in an
unassuming manner, blends in with the neighborhood.
Walking inside, it is like
walking back into old time Cuba.
Inside this old Havana Bar
One can enjoy a Cuba Libre or the traditional
Cuban highball called a Mojito. Both are made with Havana Club rum. At $9USD a
shot, the Havana Club rum is a bit pricy for being in Central America, and so
are their $4.50 beers, but the atmosphere is terrific. We imagine that if you
are coming straight from the U.S. or Canada, those prices would seem reasonable.
Their bar menu offers sandwiches including
the expected Cubano, and the salsa/Latino soundtrack will get your hips swaying.
Photos from Old Cuba
The walls are filled with photos from the
life of Old Cuba. Here you see a young child who is smoking a Cuban cigar,
something very common from days in the past.
Modern mixes with memory lane
Being a bar, Vieja Havana also offers sports
on a flat screen TV for patrons to watch while they are sipping on their drinks.
For a convincing flash of Cuba's past, visit
Vieja Havana, Avenida B and Calle 5
Tele: 507. 212. 3873
Open daily 11:30 am to 2:00 am
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.