Random Good Expat Memories: Panama Volume #1

– Wandering the rainswept streets of old town, Casco Viejo, and just sitting at a little cafe, sipping strong black coffee and watching people pass.

– Exploring the centuries old cannons and ruins of Colon on our way to the idyllic little Isla Grande.

– Spending a week on Ustupu, San Blas. Ustupu is NOT the tourist section of San Blas. It is the capitol island, and tourists rarely go there. I had the unusual honor of attending a young woman’s “chichi” celebration. When a Kuna young woman comes of age (begins menses), a celebration is held in which she is painted in berry juice and a lot of drinking goes on. It was a spectacular experience and I thank them for it greatly. A close friend of mine is Kuna and so our visit to the islands was not of the typical tourist variety.

– The colorful chaos of Carnival in Las Tablas.

– Hiking in El Valle de Anton, the beautiful El Nispero zoo, swimming under the waterfall, the petroglyphs, the orchid sellers, the Sunday Market.

– Feeding crocodiles off of the deck at Gamboa Rainforest Resort.

– Performing in “I Hate Hamlet” and “Black Comedy” at Ancon Theater where I met lifelong friends who changed my life and made me a better person.

–¬†Snorkeling for the first time near the dock at Crawl Cay in Bocas del Toro, then having drinks at the tiny dock bar with new friends from all over the world.

Morning walks in Parque Metripolitano near Panama City, where Blue Morpho butterflies are abundant and it feels like Jurassic Park.

Walking on the beach on Isla Contadora at night and the bioluminescent plankton makes the footsteps behind me glow bright blue in the dark.

Riding a bike along the safe side lanes along Amador Causeway while watching giant PanaMax ships come into the canal.

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