Saturday, July 9, 2011


After four incredible nights on Contadora, we caught a plane back to Panama City.  The flight (which was 1 1/2 hours late) was supposed to be 15 minutes, but we made four unannounced stops on other islands and villages along the coast, making the total flight time 2 1/2 hours.  I felt lucky to have a free tour of Panama!  The small planes fly so low, providing outstanding views.

Back in PC, we stayed again with City Suites Panama ($45) and the manager, Alfredo, upgraded us to a huge one bedroom apartment for free!  We took a cab back to Casco Viejo, in search of Ceviche-Seviche, which had been recommended to us by Contadora friends.  The cab driver didn't know where it was, so he dropped us to wander.  Luckily we bumped into it without too much problem. Let me say that I would have been happy walking miles through a cockroach filled sewage ditch if Ceviche-Seviche was the end result.  I'm sure most people know, but ceviche is raw fish/seafood marinated in lime.  I adore it.  This place took my adoration to a whole 'nother level.  The setting is a small, hip, dining area with a few tables and a counter filled with different flavors of ceviche.

The menu boasts unique flavor combinations that sent my heart into palpitations. 

additional ceviches were not listed on menu

While we were contemplating, the lovely lady behind the counter began to ply us with samples.  Unbelievable.  TH quickly chose the Passionfruit-Curry, but I had to go with the sampler option, in which I could select four flavors.  I feasted on Passionfruit-Curry, Cajun Pineapple, Spicy Mango, and a reddish mystery flavor, whose sample had sold me, but was not listed on the menu.  

TH, resting his belly, after consuming copious amounts of ceviche.

We then enjoyed a gorgeous walk along the water back to the business district.

We (TH) wanted to stay up late again to look for Colombian super models, but I don't think we made it past 10 pm.  They must come out at midnight...?  The guidebook doesn't really say.  

Question:  How many languages do you speak?  


  1. Sounds like a blast, and it's awesome traveler serendipity that you found the place despite the cab driver not knowing where it was. Great attitude too on the unscheduled flight stops.

    I know lots of languages, but I only speak English really well, and maybe two or three others fairly fluently. Is your Spanish good? I'd love to get my Spanish good.

  2. What other languages do you speak fairly fluently? I'm so curious as I know you work with translating texts.

    My Spanish is decent, but still a work in progress. I feel comfortable speaking while traveling, but get frustrated when I don't know the exact word I would like to use. We bought the Fluenz program a while back and do lessons on my computer every night while we are abroad.

  3. I speak Hebrew and Modern Greek pretty fluently (I'm half Israeli) and know Ancient Greek and Latin pretty proficiently (but they're not spoken, obviously). I can read French, German, Italian, Spanish ok. The languages I'm working with as a translator right now are Ancient Greek, Latin and Italian.

    I haven't heard of the Fluenz program, but I'll go check it out. I've heard wondrous things about Rosetta Stone.

  4. @Ela

    I am so impressed and envious, Ela! You must have studied languages in school. As you know, in the US language acquisition is not a priority. I wish that wasn't the case. I studied German in school, did a semester in Italy (but have subsequently forgotten most of my Italian), and only studied studying Spanish after college.