Soon after we arrived this week, Paul realized he needed a simple brimmed hat for protection from the sun, and when we were in the Zocalo, a small, elderly vendor had stacks of attractive little hats, something between a trilby and a fedora, made of palmas de guano, which is not made of bat dung, but from palm fronds found locally. The material was quite attractive, with slight color variations, and didn’t smell too bad if you didn’t put it right up to your nose and inhale. He rocks that hat!
Our next trip to the zocalo, the vendors shouting “Panama hat! Panama hat!” to passersby were there, and the fact [Read more…]