Back in the City

By Elliot Blumberg 13 July, 2015

The group find’s Earth Train’s place in the history of conservation in Panama Everyone listens to the audio tour at the beginning of the museum The group is entranced by Panamarama Devon and Maya see an exhibit up close A frog stands still long enough to photograph at STRI The ladies point out frogs in the STRI exhibit Devon photographs a green turtle in captivity Margaret takes in her surroundings as she walks through the culture market The food market is a hustle and bustling place Careful hands cut sugarcane to length for transport We’re served fresh ceviche in Panama City’s fish market Mark points out an interesting tidbit in the market The Panama Canal has an extensive museum dedicated to its construction

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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