Yep, I'm still here. Panama is a fascinating country- the weather and landscape are beautiful, the people are diverse and oftentimes rather pushy (which is unfortunate yet understandable), and the food has been mediocre at best. But, yesterday I went on a boat ride with a group of seven friends from around the world. We saw dolphins, we went snorkeling, and we beached it at a national park. It was fabulous, I'm still exhausted, and as such I've decided to share an important instructional post with you all.
Pipas are baby green coconuts; the same ones that produce the coconut water collected and bottled up in popular beverages like Zico and Vita Coco. They're plentiful in Costa Rica and Panama, among other countries, thereby making coconut water free here. How? Please allow my friends to demonstrate:
Although I certainly am not encouraging consistently taking from nature without a second thought, sometimes, after a long day at the beach, the water from one pipa makes all the difference. It's both hydrating and full of potassium, electrolytes, and other nutrients. That, and smashing them is kinda fun.