Epsom Salts (Panama City, Panama)

“I need some salt,” I told the ladies behind the counter, “but I’m not sure what it’s called in Spanish.”

They both leaned in a bit closer to try to figure out the puzzle.

“It’s salt that you put in water so you can soak your feet,” I explained.

They looked baffled.

“I have an infection in my toe and I need to soak it. These salts – medical salts, maybe? You put them in hot water, then soak your foot in it and it draws the infection out.”

They looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. This was going nowhere fast.

“I wish I knew how to say it in Spanish!” I cried. “In English we say Epsom salts, but…”

“Epsom salts!” they cried. Grins spread across their faces. “We have Epsom salts!”


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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to Epsom Salts (Panama City, Panama)

  1. Brian January 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Hey it seems that you guys should be down here in Argentina soon so please contact me via email I am an avid cycalist and would love to meet up with you guys and here all the war stories from the road what an outragous adventure you have taken!

  2. Carmen Morell May 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Which pharmacy did you buy the epsom salts in Panama? We have a friend that needs to buy some.

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