BIRTHDAY WEEKEND!

May 8-10, 2015

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Time to go to the beach beach round two!

This go-round, fellow Fulbrights Duncan, Emily and I were meeting up with some Peace Corps folks to crash their party celebrating one year of service. We were meeting at Las Lajas Beach in Chiriqui to stay in little cabins on the beach (literally looked straight out of a tourist catalog). Very simple, quaint, quiet and relaxing (not to mention inexpensive) – sounded perfect to me. The only downside was that in order to get there by Friday afternoon we’d have to leave by 5am….. NOT ideal. Especially after a long Thursday at work (teaching from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm). But of course I rallied. Gotta make the best of these opportunities when they present themselves, #amiright? Duncan and I met up at 4:30am, found a taxi to the bus terminal and hopped on that 5:15 am bus over to Chiriqui, picking up Emily in Santiago along the way! I’m impressed we worked out that timing so well. Go us!

Being around the Peace Corps folks was like a breath of fresh air. I enjoy hanging out with my roommate, fellow Fulbrights and other friends around the city, but there are times where it can still get pretty lonely when you’re living in your own little apartment going about the day-to-day. I often miss the community I had in college; the luxury of walking into the cafe during the day or into the library at 3am during finals week and finding a group of people I knew and loved and could pass the time with without a second thought; just being surrounded by good people with good energy. So being with my Fulbright friends and 20+ Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) brought me right back to that jovial feeling! I loved it!

The Pacific waters were also SO WARM, it was like bathwater. A littler nerve-wracking to know that there were a bunch of stingrays in the waves (according to two PCV surfers)… but we were ok as long as we shuffled our feet. Really wasn’t looking to end up like Steve Irwin (may he rest in peace).

Photo taken by yours truly. The view of the gorgeous pacific from the field

Photo taken by yours truly. The view of the gorgeous pacific from the field

The cabañas (cabins) along the beach

The cabañas (cabins) along the beach

Just doin' what we do best

Just doin’ what we do best

Me & da beach

Me & da beach

Time for some henna

Time for some henna

Fulbright-PVC bonding

Fulbright-PCV bonding

The daily schedule - it's important to have some structure to the day.

The daily schedule – it’s important to have some structure to the day.

Sunset frisbee on the beach

Sunset frisbee on the beach

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Mother's day was the next morning... gotta let mamma know your love

Mother’s day was the next morning… gotta let mamma know your love

Patacones for dinner (aka fried plantains - taste basically like french fries... but they're fruit so it's super mega healthy). They were $2 and delicious; I have no shame.

Patacones for dinner (aka tostones aka fried plantains – taste basically like french fries… but they’re fruit so it’s super mega healthy). They were $2 at the Fonda on site and delicious; I have no shame.

Gecko in the porch lamp #casual

Gecko in the porch lamp #casual

 

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, we made our five-hour journey back home to the good ‘ol PTY, and saw some interesting sights on the way back.

 

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"GOD BLEES" #bleeeeeesed

“GOD BLEES”
our bus was so classy and #bleeeeeesed

Lovely Panamanian hills as we get closer to town

Lovely Panamanian hills as we get closer to town


The views and information presented in this blog are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the US Department of State.

 

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