Peace Corps Panama

Hello, welcome to my blog. I created this blog as I am preparing to leave to Panama for the next 27 months. I will be serving as a Sustainable Agriculture Systems Extension Agent. I will try to keep my blog as updated as possible. Come Visit and Stay tuned so that I can share this experience with you.

Hola, Bienvenidos a mi Blog. Me estoy preparando para ir a Panamá los próximos 27 meses. Voy a estar sirviendo como agente de Sistemas sostenibles de Agricultura. Tratare de mantener este blog lo más actualizado posible. Vénganme a visitar. Manténgase informados con mi blog para que pueda compartir estas experiencias con ustedes.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

In the CITY.....

AHHH the City...5 weeks ago when I came into the city I saw it with completely different eyes than I am looking at it now. I suppose that my impression of the city will keep changing as I get know it better and learn how to get around.

  • The doctor yesterday and he told me that my foot is doing better but that I need to wear the boot for at least 3 more weeks....
  • The hotel i´m staying at has : HOT WATER, a full size bed with TWO PILLOWS to myself, AC, a little desk with a mirror, and the bathroom has toilette paper! It is awesome!!
  • I got to do Laudry this morning in real machines (30 minutes each)!!! My clothes came out so warm and smelling so nice from the dryer. I thought of Snoopy and how he loves laying in the warm clothes when it comes out of the dryer....I miss my baby.
  • As for food, I definitly can´t complain! Yesterday I had sushi for lunch and Lebonese food for dinner: tabule, hummus, kibbes, falafels, warm pitas...wonderful. My date with Kristen could not have ended better when the neighboring table picked up the check....splendid evening...=)

Today I had a light breakfast but some more PCV are coming in to the city so i´m sure we will have a great lunch and hear lots of stories about their technical week trials and tribulations. We might catch a movie later too....We will see what surprises the afternoon has in store for us.

On a side note:
I know that a couple people that are considering joining the peace corps are following this blog. I want to wish you the best of luck in your process and I do hope that if you think you have time in your life right now to take a break from ¨your reality¨ back home and go somewhere else and see what kind of reality other people are living, it will definitly be worth it. The harder some days are, the more enjoyable and appreciative you become of those days where you get to eat the food you´ve been craving or get to sleep in a comfotable bed. You will never be fully sure if you made the RIGHT choice, but you will have moments where you will know that you would rather put up with bugs, cold water, weird meals, and monsune rains just for the chance that you might feel productive, feel helpful, and feel happy. It´s a different happy than you´ve ever felt, cause the simplest things will make you feel that way. You will be amazed at how happy people live around you, even in the most difficult conditions.... it makes you wonder why some people make it seem so difficult...
Sometimes when I think about how my actual site will be and the kind of things that I want to do when I get there, I get a knot in my throat and I feel as if im going to cry....those are the moments that I know that i´m either going nuts or am exactly where i am supposed to be right now.


  1. I know I get a little heavy with the quotes, but I feel that these "slices of wisdom" impart so much in just a few words that it's well worth attending to them. Plus, what you said at the end of your post sparked an interesting thought. Many a student of mine would be frowning if they heard Mr. Mederos say " Oh, no, not again, they would say."

    "Rest assured, in spite of our perceived problems, our world, universe and entire solar system are unfolding EXACTLY as they should, perfectly without flaw."

    Jonathan Mederos

  2. i love you VALERIA!!! miss you =(