Posted September 7th, 2017, 07:35 PM
So did you live in the 15th ND? I feel sure that taxis at the port won't be an issue. Which Diablo school are you referring to? There was the newer 1 story school (newer... really don't remember when it was built??) up by the the Diablo Clubhouse or the old multi story wooden building down by the tennis courts, which was where I attended. Anyway they were both there when I was last there in 2014.
Although I lot has changed in Balboa and Diablo for that matter, I'm sure you will recognize a great deal as many things have not really changed that much. The only way to get to Diablo is to go through Balboa and take the old Gaillard Highway which runs parallel along the old Albrook Air Force Base. Now that area has really changed! As in a commercial airport, large bus terminal and the Albrook Mall.
While the former Balboa High School is not longer a high school it is part of Panama's maritime college. The main building was open to the public as well as the library on the second floor. I walked in there and all of a sudden I felt the need to be quiet and pretend to start studying!! Also on the second floor was a real nice display of old Canal Zone memorabilia. That was really nice and quite unexpected as often times the Canal Zone era is not one that Panama cherishes. or portray is a favorable light.
Nothing inherently unsafe about engaging a cab... just make sure your cabby is proficient in English for your needs and agree on a price before you take off.
You will really like the ride down the causeway... great view of the city and some neat places to grab a bite, they really have spiffed it up a lot.
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