Friday, August 20, 2010
Day 3: The Canal and City Tour
All right, I'm seriously enjoying the local cuisine. I'm drinking out of a coconut in this picture. It's not ripe yet, that's why it's green. Our tour guide said that before they're ripe, the inside is water; it doesn't turn to milk until it's grown. It was clear like water, and it sort of tasted like watered down coconut milk, but it definitely didn't taste like water. Road side stands are WAY cheaper than buying food in the city. An entire coconut cost me 65 cents. He pulled it out of a cooler, popped a hole in it, and tossed in a straw. That would never happen in the states.
This is cerviche. It's essentially raw fish "cooked" in lemon. The acid from the lemon kills any bacteria in it, so it's still raw, but safe. There was so much lemon that the acid actually made it a little spicy. This cerviche was made from corvina, a local fish I'm not familiar with, but that made pretty good cerviche. It's not my new favorite food, but I definitely enjoyed it.
After the city tour, we went to the canal. Apparently we have an "Eco-Canal" tour tomorrow, but today was history and how the locks work.
After the super long tour today, we went shopping again. We bought legit food today, instead of PBJ. Lots of pasta, and some sea food and fruit b/c they're sooooo cheap here!!!!! Definite win, no question about it. I feel like I've learned so much Spanish in the last few days, it's amazing. I spoke to a woman on vacation, she was Latin in some way, but I didn't catch where she was from. She was touring by herself, so she hopped onto our tour for a few blocks. We talked about my Spanish skills, and how I wanted to get better, but I had no formal training, and Italian was mixing me up. She says I'll know it in two months, and after the interactions I had today, I kind of believe her. Pretty excited, not gonna lie. Lauren and I are speaking in Spanish to each other as much as possible, even if it's just tossing in random vocab, but it's reinforcing, so it's helpful. It's been a super long day, and tomorrow will be, too, so I'm crashing, but I'll leave with this picture. Yes, that is a HazMat suit.