I’ve been awfully lazy about editing and posting Panama pictures. When I realized I had more than 2000 pictures to go through, I kind of froze in terror and didn’t want to do anything about it. There are many, many more where these came from, but consider this a greatest hits of Panama. I don’t even really know what to say about a lot of these. I smile when I look at a lot of them. Does that help? The pool picture is the Hotel Versalles in Chitre, where I got to use free wireless in exchange for buying one or two beers, or sometimes a shrimp ceviche. I kind of don’t like shrimp. But I like limes and onions. So ceviche is okay in my book. Just not with shrimp.
The toucan friend followed me around for a long weekend at the beach. OMC and I rented a car and drove really far south and I got chased by an emu, ate a lot of delicious tacos, listened to howler monkeys, looked at howler monkeys, was scared of howler monkeys, was delighted by toucans, watched champion surfers, etc. I really like toucans. Their beaks are so heavy. This toucan tried to eat rocks. I don’t think he was very smart.
All of the beaches I went to in Panama were pretty amazing. The vegetation comes right up to the water, which I thought was neat. A lot of the coastal land in Panama is just mangrove swamp, which you want nothing to do with, but in the areas that have sandy beaches, the waves are INSANE. I got stung by many jellyfish. It wasn’t that bad.
I actually did work in Panama! This was from an endless shovel test probe at one of our potential sites. We took this baby down a meter and it took a good part of the day. Shovel test probes are surprisingly fun. In this one we found most of a whole pot (is “most of a whole” even possible? I have to think about this.) and encountered a whole lotta clay. This was before the rainy season started. Everything was kind of brutal and ugly until the rains came. This particular site was full of Africanized bees.
The desert pictures are some of my favorite pictures ever. La mula is the only desert in Panama. I think it happened accidentally because of all the cattle grazing there. I don’t remember much about it because I was insanely distracted by the storm rolling in. It was honestly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Super red clay and all of these creepy tree roots sticking out everywhere. I want to make a post-apocalyptic movie here. It would be super scary.
Panama City might be the world’s ugliest metropolis. Not much to say except the bulk of it looks like this, which I guess is kind of charming in a way. The other part looks like Miami or something.
See? Super ugly. I wouldn’t lie about this. That said, I really enjoyed the mall in Panama City. I got to go here a couple times because the bus station is in the mall. It’s the biggest mall I’ve ever been in and all the mannequins are…busty. Panama City was about 5 hours by bus from the city where we lived. One weekend a couple of us drove in and got caught in a really nasty rainstorm. We also got very lost, which is easy to do in a city that has only four actual street names (I am exagerrating, but not that much).
I kind of forced OMC to take me to the canal one weekend. He has been 6 times I think. The canal smaller than I’d imagined but still pretty impressive. Would go again. WordPress is making me go crazy. I will say more about the rest of the pictures at a later date.