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... while I waited.
Left the bus at the Casco stop about 2pm and walked down the road to Mercado de Mariscos for some lunch. This fish market has stalls selling seafood on the ground floor and a restaurant upstairs which one of the guys at the restaurant recommended. It’s not air conditioned and stiflingly hot, but worth a bit of discomfort for the food. I ordered the Peruvian ceviche; a plate of fish, prawns and octopus “cooked” in vinegar and covered ...
... the canal. The price is calculated by how many containers are on board. Approximately 40-50 ships pass through the canal in one day. (Do the math!)
Our captain was Colonense, meaning he grew up in Colón. His story was interesting to me and made me think of my students. He is of West Indian descent and therefore his grandparents and parents were English speaking. However, his parents only wanted him to speak Spanish. Later as an adult, in order ...
... more crowded islands. The weather was a little unkind as it was cloudy for most of the time we were there so we did not get the Bounty advert views but it was still pretty beautiful.We had a simple cabin with thatch walls and roof with a sand floor but a proper bed which was exceedingly comfortable. We spent our days relaxing on the beach, taking a boat tour to see a bay filled with star fish and to snorkel on a wreck on a beach. We spent time chatting to the owners who like everyone ...
... employees shouting about if they liked sauce on their ribs. Another employee taught everyone how to queue by saying 'if ya'll see space, then ya'll move into that space'. There was also a lot of no nonsense attitude and many people asking how I was doing. After my first night staying in a hotel, I began the apparently 8 minute walk to my hostel, but got considerably lost. After requiring the assistance of some Avis car men, their builder friends, ...
The bus took us down through the Amador causeway with great views back into the city and across to the Bridge of Americas spanning the Panama Canal. We also went passed the Biomuseum, a very colourful building designed by Frank Gerhy. He also designed the Guggenheim Museum and the Disney Concert Hall.
Next on the tour, was to drive past Casco Viejo, the 'old town' and the fish market. We'll come back another day to explore them. ...