I was going to say it was just an ordinary day, but days never seem ordinary here. There is always something new and interesting. This morning we went to the supermarket and saw a police truck in the parking lot, and two policemen with dogs getting out. Except for the drug sniffing dogs at the airport I don’t think I have ever seen a policeman with a dog. Many Panamanians are extremely afraid of dogs so I don’t know if that is a factor. These policeman were just strolling around though, and no one seemed to be paying them any mind.
It was surprisingly quiet at the shopping mall. Since it’s only three days before Christmas we were expecting it to be nuts. There was parking available and as you can see in the photo above, not a lot of people out and about. The supermarket was quiet for even an ordinary day.
I don’t think we are supposed to take photos in the store but I couldn’t resist a few things.
As we headed home I saw one of the many fireworks stands that have popped up all over town. Christmas Eve is the big celebration with social gatherings and fireworks building up to a big, noisy climax at midnight. Then, everyone goes indoors to have Christmas dinner, call absent family and friends, and open gifts. Christmas day is generally quieter and a social day for family and friends. New Years Eve has even more fireworks building up to midnight, so I’m sure a lot of fireworks are sold for these holidays. We sort of miss the large extended Colombian family that went totally nuts with the fireworks on our corner, but there will be a lot of beautiful ones all over the neighborhood.