May 8-10, 2015
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).
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.
The views and information presented in this blog are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the US Department of State.