Panamanian meal, La Parada, Panamá city, Panamá, February 23, 2018

These days I’m enjoying days with no plans (well, I’m still working hard to catch up on things that are not about travelling). By chance, my hostel is a bit far from the city center, so I’ve been stuck at the hostel while only making occasional visits to a nearby mini market to buy eggs and onions to make my repetitive but otherwise satisfactory meals.

As I was going to the mini market today, one señora suggested me a local restaurant. It turned out that it was right next to the market – I hadn’t noticed the place due to its very humble appearance.

I had a typical meal, which was the only option : rice and beans, salad, and spicy chicken stew. It cost 4.75 dollars. My feeling is that this was the typical meal in Costa Rica as well 🙂

The name of the place was La Parada, the bus stop. After taking a seat, I realized that it was a descriptive name.

@la Parada, Panamá city, Panamá, February 23, 2018

Go-to dinner menu, hostal casa nativa, Panamá city, Panamá, February 19, 2018

It turns out this is my favorite combination as a dinner when 1) I can use a kitchen 2) I have time to do grocery shopping and cooking 3) and I am not interested in trying the local cuisine at the moment.

Actually this was one of my go-to menus when I was living in DC. Old tastes die hard.

@hostal casa nativa, Panamá city, Panamá, February 19, 2018

Chris and Pupusa,santa Ana, El salvador, February 8, 2018

The first thing I was thinking about as I was approaching El Salvador was Pupusa. Pupusa is a corn or rice tortilla stuffed with a variety of fillings. I think I first tried pupusa years ago at a potluck at work in Washington DC and I remember thinking then, “This thing is more serious than what it looks like!”

And thanks Chris for the conversation on relationships, long term traveling, and other general craziness of yours which certainly dropped my jaw several times.

@santa Ana, El salvador, February 8, 2018

San Cristóbal de las casas, Mexico, February 4, 2018

Just so that my itinerary doesn’t get delayed anymore, and to get to the South American continent by March, I am speeding up for about two weeks. And the consequence of this today was that I had only 1.5 hours to spend in San Cristóbal de las casas, a city that serves as the ‘home base’ for travelers in Chiapas with lots of its attractions.

Just to trick my brain that I got a better feel for the place, I first went to the outlook at iglesia de Guadalupe. Then I went to a restaurant, El Caldero, specializing soups – soups are always right for me. I took the recommended traditional one, chipilin, which tasted similar to the Korean chicken soup.

@san Cristóbal de las casas, Mexico, February 4, 2018