When John and I moved here on February 17th (wow, today is our one-month anniversary!), we took that last leg of flight from Panama City to David. (From David, you drive 40 minutes north to Boquete.) Everything had to be stowed in the upper compartment, even my purse. Unbeknownst to me, my iPhone fell out of my purse and found its way to the back of the upper berth. When we debarked the plane, the iPhone was mistakenly left behind.
I discovered it missing the next day and was heartbroken. 3 days later, another ex-pat at Baru Restaurant (local ex-pat hang out) said to ask for help at Ana Vilma’s Travel Agency 2 doors down from Duran Coffee. I did.
I walked in to Ana Vilma, who greeted me warmly. I explained my situation to her. She immediately called her sales contact at Air Panama, who immediately contacted Lost and Found at Air Panama.
Lo and behold, a Cargo Officer, a Senor Chavez, had found my iPhone the day of my flight and turned it in, completely intact to Lost And Found. Air Panama asked Ana Vilma if I was a customer of hers and when Ana Vilma replied “Yes”, they said they would get my phone to me the next business day. As it was a Friday, I was more than happy to return to Ana Vilma’s on Monday and there it was!
I am writing a letter of commendation to Senor Chavez’s boss at Air Panama, thanking them for their honesty and their promptness in returning my property to me. In addition, I am using Ana Vilma to book my domestic flights. I do not pay anything extra, but Ana Vilma gets a little something from the airlines for it — the least I can do for her efforts. My faith in humanity has been upheld once again!
One last thing for today’s post. Since so many friends have asked for pictures of our surroundings, I’ll start it off with a quick video I took as John and I walked to town yesterday morning. I think in the video I gave the wrong name of the river. Can someone from Boquete please correct me?