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Eddie-martin-19 stayed here on May 23, 2014 during their trip titled: Pamama.
... who knew?). But as is my way, I allowed myself to get distracted and unfocused and fast forward to February, I got on a plane to Panama knowing only how to say hola and adios. But I would "pick it up" right? Immersion therapy, right?
So I have been living here and going to Spanish school for about two months now. And while no one who has ever learned a language can aim for fluency in two months, ...
... new unfortunately.
The big pro is that even with my horrible Spanish, I am never charged gringo pricing. Ever. This is a very common practice where the tourist/gringo/America/European is charged several times what locals pay for everything--again, unfair but really common. Taxis are one of the few cheap things in Panama--my gringo classmates from Spanish school routinely pay $5-$10 for a taxi ride. I pay $2 and hop out of the ...
... is only done on Saturday.
I had wanted to see and understand a bit about the new canal that is being built. As I said at the beginning of this blog ... hearing about the Panama and Suez Canal as a boy has in some ways ...
... is lush greenery all around the canal. We did not see many birds as I thought maybe we would. The canal that is being built was suppose to be ready in 2014, but has been delayed. Maybe they are using the same contractors as from The Big Dig. It may be scheduled to be opened in either 2015 or 2016.
There is a lot of traffic waiting to go through the canals, large freighters and oil tankers are the main ones that we saw, along with ...