Day 112: Panama City, Panama
I didn’t really know much about Panama before I arrived. It seems to fall under the radar and the only references I knew were the Panama Hat (which is actually from Ecuador) and the Panama Canal.
While planning this trip I watched the Amateur Traveler Video podcast of the Panama Canal and while I’m a huge fan of this podcast even Chris Christensen couldn’t excite me.
I watched as he took a boat ride through the canal. It looked dead boring.
Yet with only a few days in Panama City it was on my list of things to do. I kept procrastinating and scheduling it for the last day and finally I realized I was only going so I could say I went.
Finally with one day left I decided I wasn’t going to do it. I just didn’t want to go.
And so I went somewhere I found interesting – the local markets.
First a meat market where the butchers were so friendly they encouraged me to take photos of each other and then a fish market where the fish mongers proudly held up fish for photos.
The highlight of the day was getting ceviche and shrimp cocktail from the market, sitting outside and talking to the juice man.
The ceviche seemed to have coconut milk in it and tasted similar to Filipino kinilaw. I wish I had asked for the recipe.
I still don’t have an idea what exotic fruit juice we were drinking (panello?) but it was a great day.