listening to the Panama Nat'l Anthem
Besides doing the normal rigmarole in the Panama Peace Corps Office, I took pictures of my adventures outside of the office. The country director Jean was leaving Peace Corps Panama and being replaced by Peter.
We rented a bus with a band. This converted American school bus/Panamanian party bus has been around since I was a volunteer and I always wanted to go on it and my return was the chance. We took the bus to the dinner. A band is on the bus and they served bottles of rum, whiskey and soda, traditional Panamanian. The music is loud and everyone dances along the way.
You will notice a crowd of protesters along the way and typically Panamanian the protesters stopped protesting and started dancing along with the bus!
the current Escobal volunteer Manuela, and two British tourists whom worked for Reuters in Panama City.
The British tourists showed up in Escobal, because of the Lonely Planet article I wrote years back. I was surprised to see how developed the bird watching had become in Achiote (another town 30 minutes from Escobal). An organization called Ceaspa has been promoting bird watching as an activity in the surrounding protected area of San Lorenzo.
After bird watching we had lunch, in a cantina/pole barn in Achiote. It brought back good memories from when Joel and I had thrown a dance in that same pole barn, when I was a volunteer.
He had contracted a somewhat famous typical Panamanian band to play there and I was the beertender. I sold beers to the farmers coming down from their far away coffee farms in the jungle, on horseback and foot.
After lunch, we visited a town on
the beach called Salud. A rich friend of Joel had an
ecotourism project there. He was converting his house
into a hotel and he had planned tourism activities
including birdwatching and horseback riding. I ran that
horse I was on down the beach. Also, bringing back good
memories. I learned to ride
a horse in Panama.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures,
Himno Nacional de Panama
right and download the National Anthem here.
last we reached victory
preciso cubrir con un velo
necessary to cover with a veil
Progreso acaricia tus lares
now caresses your path.
suelo cubierto de flores,
your soil covered with flowers
la pica y la pala
the shovel and pick,
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