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.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Week 6...the pictures say it all

Where to start?
I was in EL CORTEZO this week for cultural week. It was in the Azuero region, where i will be for the next two years! I stayed with the cutest older couple Frai and Melida. I had my own room! So many things happend that I don`t know where to begin.
The whole week i got to horse back ride! There were horses roaming around loose just eating grass. I made Cutaras...sandals, I made a slingshot...biombo, played with iguanas, and I lasso-ed in a calf roping competition with the men from the community. I got to eat really yummy arepas, which they call tortillas here. I was incommunicated from the world for a whole week without cellphone service but we made it work! luckily I was able to talk to Peter and my parents the whole week!!! Thanks to COLLECT =)!!!

To top the week off, a group of us met up and went to SANTA CLARA BEACH! It was beautiful!!!! Yesterday we got in around 3 in the afternoon and went straight to the beach after putting all our bags in little cabanas that overlooked the water. For dinner I had CORVINA ENTERA FRITA with patacones. For the rest of the evening and night we hung out on the beach.

This morning i got up right at sunrise (5:45am) and walked (hobbled) over to the beach. I saw the sun come up and then at around 8:45 i had an incredible scrumptious breakfast...steak, eggs, and papitas fritas! with a huge glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

The morning kepted getting better and i was paying for breakfast I saw a young man go by on a horse. Of course my heart jumped for i waved him down and he came over. I asked him if i could ride his horse and he said...yea...$3. Before he was done telling me how much i was on the horse!! I rode for about 1 hour up and down the beach. I was so happy. I couldn´t belive how beautiful and desolate the beach was, the smell of the horse, the sound of the waves, the fact that i was on the pacific coast in my home for the next 2 years! This morning I fell in love the ocean all over again.

After riding around, I swam in the ocean with gretchen, natalie, audrey, and damian for a while and then we all went to get ready for our teck back to Santa Clara of ARRAIJAN =(. We had an incredible lunch...super american of all of us to order hamburguesas and papas fritas, but it was delicious!

Now Im in the city...a little burnt and a little worn out but very happy!

There were some special days this week....

Happy Anniversary AMORCITO!!! 2 years!!!
Happy Birthday Annie, Al, and Angela!! Hope you guys had a great day....I remembered each of your birthdays but I didn`t have reception this week!! Ohh and Happy Birthday Andrew last week..=)


  1. I am glad you are having such a fun time saving the world!

    The rest of us worker bees are back here trying to put dinner on the table to pay the taxes so you can enjoy your time down there!

    Haha, I am just kidding. Jeanette and I were talking about people who can't be happy for other people the other day. Like her co-workers were like "Enjoy your 6 day weekend... it must be nice to go to Miami... I wish I could do that..." Those people make me laugh, because all you have to say is "You can!" and it rocks their world.

    Good for you that you are doing something because you can and knowing you can do anything in the world! Te amo!

  2. Val, you don't know how happy i was to hear your voice and your message. I saved your number but was curious as to when and if I can call you. For example, when i call you from my cell phone, is it costing you or me money? I don't care if it does but i want to know the details about phone calls and whatnot. Also i got really jelly of that picture with the steak, eggs and french fries and i tried to reoccur that picture at my own home and it was successful. Hahaha, i just thought how funny that was of me to say, out of allll the pictures you have posted, like with the horses, the beautful scenery, the beaches in the background, the farm land.....the picture that caught my eye, was the one with food in it. hahahahhahahahahahhaha. awe man. Anyway, i'm really happy that you are enjoying yourself and enjoying the pleasures God has created. I'm out of work for the summer as you know but my two online classes that I'm taking are no joke and really time consuming. Really annoying. Whatever. I've gotta do what i've gotta do. Oh also i'm going to St. John Virgin Islands this friday until next friday and get back the 26th of June, I have that Saturday to do my two online courses and then Sunday, the 28th leave again to Virginia to Andrew's family reunion where they live on a lake house away from everything and society. Everything is like an hour away, so I don't even know if we'll have reception. I think it will be a good relaxing time though. Okay well i love you and will keep you posted. Keeep on truckin'!!!