I’m a little late on this, but here is what I was up to in February.
I spent most of the month closeted in the lab and working to meet a number of deadlines. It was one of the most brutal months of my academic career, and I was quite relieved when it ended.
To celebrate finishing everything I had to accomplish in February, I went on a trip to Panama. Panama in February is much nicer than Chicago in February, and I rather enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather.
We explored Panama City and went on some ill-fated hiking adventures in the highlands of western Panama (more on that soon). I especially enjoyed walking around Casco Viejo and learning about coffee on a coffee farm outside the western Panamanian town of Boquete.
Panama is much more modern than I was expecting, especially Panama City. I heard a lot of people say that it looks kind of like Miami. I haven’t been to Miami, so I can’t confirm this, but I can say that Panama City has an impressive skyline. It’s also a fairly safe city, especially by Central American standards, which I appreciated.
Boquete was amazing, and I wanted to stay forever. Part of this had to do with our amazing Airbnb host, but Boquete itself is lush and beautiful. I can understand why it was named one of the best places in the world to retire; in fact, there is a fairly large expat community because so many people decide to retire here.
I was in a bit of a funk after I came back to Chicago. It was so cold that I spent many of my days longing for the sunshine and laid-back vibe of Panama.
It’s still cold here in Chicago, but we had a glimpse of spring a couple weeks ago. I’m hoping it warms up soon so I can get out of the house and enjoy the city!
Number of trips: 1
Number of flights: 2
Number of bus trips: 1
Number of train trips: 0
Number of car trips: 0
Cities visited: 2 (Panama City, Boquete)
Countries visited: 1 (Panama)
Highlight of the month: Seeing monkeys on the Panama Canal
Disaster of the month: Too many to count
Favorite photo: I spent some time experimenting with the settings on my camera to take close-up photos of various plants around the coffee farm that we visited in Boquete. This is my favorite one.
Favorite food: Fried plantains! I’d been looking forward to eating fried plantains the entire month before my trip, and they did not disappoint.
Where did February take you?