Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Panama and gorgeous humidity ;-)

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Truth be told, I do love it! What's not to? If frizzy hair doesn't make or break your day then this is utter skin nourishing paradise. For me at least. No more strange ailments and weird treatments. Aside from a few basics, the skin in Panama gets it's nourishment from just being here.

The rains began today with the kind of thunder that one hears in Panama alone. The sky simply bellowed into all that vast rain forest on one side and then, the ever reaching sky-scrapers on the other. If you live in a high rise in Panama, the view alone is worth the ridiculous monthly rent. Just so you could judge rain drop mechanics from an angle you've never encountered. Or the beginning of a rainbow that people see from the street. Or if you live by the bay, and it's not raining, the fireworks. A more generous display is hard to come by.

The rains in Panama rarely disrupt the regular rhythm of life. If you're caught in the rain, go stand somewhere dry. You're guaranteed to be on your way within the next five minutes(2010 was an exception though. They actually had the city shut down because the rains played havoc. The kids were thrilled of course! No school. I should've grown up in Panama. The kids get time off so often that they're practically leaping, fully charged, to get to school when the break is over.).

The first picture is of the Chagres river which is part of the Panama Canal. There is a rain forest resort built unobtrusively in the middle of the rainforest through which this river flows. They have sky tours and canal rides but really, just being there is gorgeous enough. Much to enjoy if you can keep from gaping at the scenery.


It never gets dry here but rain gives the foliage such a lushness that it's hard to remember that there is a bustling city to this country as well. This photo was taken in the El Nispero zoo. El Valle, a couple of hours away from the city, is a valley made fertile by volcanic soil. The volcano is extinct and the development in and around it is enchanting. There is a zoo in the middle of completely natural settings, markets selling souvenirs and many small restaurants. I had the best tasting margarita pizza in this little restaurant some distance from the main shops. And yes, if you're crazy about baubles, pretty boxes and things, well, either bring a really big bag for the stuff you WILL buy or just stay away all together. You can't walk away from the handcrafted pieces waiting to be picked up.

Aside from that, you actually have cooler temperatures here. It can actually get cold!

 
Little section of the rain forest resort in Gamboa.
Enjoy...