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Panama is a narrow Isthmus located in Central America bathed by two of the largest oceans of the world, (e.g., Atlantic and Pacific Ocean). The Panama Canal is one of the most important waterways in world commerce through which merchandise from every corner of the world changes hands. We have a saying in Panama, “Panamá, puente del mundo corazón del universo.” (Panama, bridge of the world, heart of the universe).
Even though we have extensive coastlines on both sides of the isthmus, Panama is not considered a country with a close relation with the sea. According to CIA-The World Factbook, Panama enjoys 1,547 miles of coastline. By coastline I mean the total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea. In a certain manner, the country has a tradition of hands-off attitude, as far as maritime-related activities is concerned. Fishing is scarce amongst its population, and the consumption of seafood is not widespread. In contrast, Portugal, Spain, Norway, and Greece (just to name a few) are countries with strong ties to the sea.
Most Panamanian eat seafood during Easter week. It’s a religious tradition. The rest of the year, seafood is consumed with moderation. The preferred source of protein is chicken and meat; specially chicken which has a lower price. At home we eat a lot of chicken and some meat.
Last month my wife and I went to the seafood market to take a look at its overall condition and the range of prices. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t keep some customers away from the market. Before, I continue, let me add that this building was a donation from Japan to Panama during the Guillermo Endara’s administration. Having said that, let me share with you a gallery of pictures taken during my visit to the Panama seafood market located at the Cinta Costera adjacent to the Panama Bay.
I invite you to visit Lingua Franca tomorrow for more pictures of this picturesque seafood market in Panama City, Panama. Good Day.
At the entrance of the Panama Canal you will find a modest fishing cooperative that provides fishing or sightseeing tours at affordable prices. Several weeks ago, when I was there, I saw a group of about four persons getting ready for a fishing trip to the Panama Bay. They charge approximately $60.00 for a tour to the lovely bay.
I plan to hire a small fishing boat to shoot pictures of Panama City’s skyline from the bay. In my mind, I have taken about 2oo photographs. I just can’t wait for this tour. They provide you with safety life jackets and have a good record regarding accidents, so that is a relieve for me and my wife. She’s too young to be a widow (smile).
Below are several photographs of a departing fishing tour, just to acquaint you with life in Panama. Here we go.
One of the many advantages of living in Panama is its intense marine life. You can go swimming at the beach, sailing near the coastal waters, fishing, snorkeling, driving a jet ski, and other fun aquatic activities. If you are a person who loves outdoor activities, you will adore Panama. Good Day.
While I was strolling through the Amador’s Causeway early last Sunday, I accidentally encountered a couple of sights that caught my immediate attention. Since I was prepared with my new birthday camera, I decided to take advantage of the situation and froze the scenes in electronic pixels. This is what I saw. Here we go.
1. Naked Dark Tree With Birds in Black
This was the only tree growing on the Causeway and it had not leaves. Not a single one. However, it was able to attract only black birds. That reminded me of the Will Smith’s film, “Men in Black”. In this case it was “Birds in Black”. The darkness of the main characters blended in nicely with the blueness of the city’s skyline in the background.
2. Fisherman and His Catch
During my morning walk at the Causeway I saw a man on the side of the Causeway very concentrated in fishing. His graceful movements and the way he handled the fishing rod indicated it was going to be a good fishing day. Upon my return, I asked him how many fished he had caught.
He looked at me with a grim face and stretched his left arm. There was only a small black fish—about four inches long—wiggling in his hand. Later that day, when he gathers his family to share the day’s catch, there will be more elbows on the table than fish.
3. The Blue Flight
When I heard the sound of the engines of an airplane above me, I thought it would be nice if I could capture it floating in the huge blue sphere. The plane was so small, it was almost invisible in the viewfinder of my camera. Let’s see if you can locate it in the photograph. I you do, it’s yours.
4. Flags Waving in the Wind
At the entrance of the Causeway there is a small square called, “The Ibero-American Unity Plaza.” It’s a symbolic name meaning the solidarity of the Latin-American countries together with Spain and Portugal. People in Panama call this place, “Plaza de las Banderas” (Flag’s Plaza). Somewhere within this collection of flags waving in the wind, I saw the Panama flag. I couldn’t find it in the photograph though. The first flag is from Argentina, that I know for sure.
That’s it guys. Several curious scenes that caught my eye during a refreshing and exciting day at Amador’s Causeway one bright and breezy Sunday morning. Good Day.