Back in the City

By Elliot Blumberg 13 July, 2015

After the exhausting (but fun!) days spent at Centro Mamoní and Linton Island, you would think that the EELs would earn a relaxing break in Panama City upon their return, right? Wrong!

For the last two days, EEL visited three museums, three markets and Panama’s own interoceanic canal. It was a packed 48 hours.

The Biodiversity Museum - or Biomuseo - was our first stop, where students learned about the geological history of Panama’s emergence as an isthmus and the biological and environmental impact that the tiny country has on a global scale. Later on we checked out the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), where they keep and study amphibians susceptible to a deadly fungus. And to top off the day, we checked out a market with all sorts of indigenous and traditional crafts and artwork.

EEL spent the final day (::sniff sniff::) walking through a fruit and vegetable market, receiving a tour of Casco Viejo from the architect Patrick Dillon, eating fresh ceviche in the fish market, and (finally!) visiting the famed Panama Canal.

We’re so sad to see this group leave, but ecstatic that a few are sticking around to experience more in Centro Mamoní! Good on you, guys!

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