A Picture a Day, September 2013 – Day 30

Today is the last day of my picture a day series. It’s another picture of everyday life in Boquete. I was about to snap a picture of the house and the corn laying out to dry when the gentleman walked out. I hesitated because I wasn’t sure whether he was about to ask me not to. However he just wanted to have a conversation with us and said it was ok to go ahead and take the picture.

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A Picture a Day, September 2013 – Day 29

So many guavas go to waste here. Tree after tree is loaded and they just fall to the ground and rot. Whenever I go past a guava tree I try to pick the ripe ones within my reach. On this day I was only able to reach one, I rinsed it off with water from my water bottle and proceeded to devourer it. My group of hikers was moving on and I had to walk away. They couldn’t understand my fascination with the guavas and why it hurt me so to see them go to waste.

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A Picture a Day, September 2013 – Day 26

I walked past this school and the kids were banging on drums. I’m told they are practicing for Independence Day celebrations. November is a huge month of celebrations for Panama. Panama celebrates it’s Independence from Spain and Columbia in the month of November.¬†Unfortunately I won’t be around for the celebrations. I fly out the first day of November.

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A Picture a Day, September 2013 – Day 25

This guy is on the Panama leg of his trip. He is driving from Argentina to Alaska in this Fiat. I’m guessing he’ll have to take a few ferries or boats in between. I wish him well. You can follow him on facebook.com/ArgentinaAlsaka.

I had a friend take a picture of me with the car but I look horrible next to the car so I’m posting this picture of just the car instead :-).

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Month 2 – And the Living is Easy

It’s been so easy falling into a groove here in Boquete (Spanish classes three days a week, lunch with friends, coffee shop meet-ups, Tuesday market, Thursday hike & sometimes Saturdays, Friday “newcomers” dinner, Saturday hang out with friends etc.), that I have procrastinated on looking into exploring other parts of Panama the exception being the whale watching and picnic on Isla Gamez trip. With only one month left I need to get on the ball if I’m to explore any other areas.

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This has been such a glorious experience just enjoying the mountains, climate, and tranquility of this area, also the company and graciousness of such wonderful people. I’m tempted to just continue doing what I’m doing and plan a separate trip next year to visit a different part of Panama.

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I have chosen not to watch television while I’m here and I don’t miss it one bit. It has been such a liberating feeling not to be bombarded by all the television commercials trying to get you to buy things you don’t need. Also not being constantly plummeted with breaking news stories. I’m not living in a bubble so I do know about some of the things going on around the world but it’s not constantly in my face. Not to seem callous but someone asked me “Don’t you want to know what’s going in the world?” Instead of answering the question I asked a question of my own. “What do you do about what you know is going on the world?” I received a blank stare.

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