the results are in and...
Now comes the tough part which is the implementation and hemming and hawing to get it done. but we had a meeting just 2 days ago with the committee and we have sent the designs out to the area masons to see who will be doing the job! so the wheels are rolling thanks to a few (like always) dedicated community members that I would go mental without.
I have been in travel mode a bunch with a youth conference where I took 2 kids from my town and they served as representatives of my youth group in the national conference of climate change for youth. They even showed Gore`s Inconvenient Truth, which I hadn`t even seen. I think though, from trying to lip read in the background with the english version that the jokes don`t quite translate with the spanish dubbing! But it was fun, tiring, and at times, since panamanians have yet figured out how to run a camp or conference, boring to be honest. But the kids love it! And now we are planning a regional camp with the groups of my province for their mid-year vacations coming up soon.
Tomorrow I head to the city for the long-awaited arrival of miss anna! we will hoop it up in the city for a week of vacationing and exploring. I know she will love panama with every biology, insect-loving bone in her body. I am excited and so privileged to have her. Such a blessing!
Then the next week, I will have my final close of service conference with peace corps where we close out our time here...crazy. I really cannot believe it is almost over. I got anxious just opening the packet that we got about the conference, esp. since it closely resembles the one I got before coming to panama 2 years ago! wow.
Today, I am in santiago do my trimestral reports which take a while, but they are finished now. Dari`s cooperative has a dance tonight and I think we are going to go but I hear it is going to be packed because the group is the biggest tipico band in the country! I`ve seen them before but the dances are always fun...if it doesn`t rain too hard to make you not want to get out and go! We had our regional meeting for volunteers yesterday and it is always so nice to see my friends especially a few girls i`m closest to.
For my 4th of july, I was in my town and so I thought, I`ve got to do something to make a holiday of it (bc as you can assume, panamanians don`t celebrate OUR independence day! :)) So, I decided, I`ll do a talk about american culture. So i rigged up a pinwheel of topics and had some pics of the states, etc and did a chat in the school that afternoon. The catch though was that i made dulces, or sweets... but american style...popcorn, brownies and rice-krispy treats!! they went nuts over them! they were like little vultures literally hovering around me until it was all gone! It was storming at the hour of the talk so since no one wanted to miss the dulces, they all arrived at my house to wait it out and in turn wait out their piece of the pie literally. i had about 30 kids in the front part of my house!! if you`ve been to see me, you know, it is a very small closet size space! so funny.
apparently my house is dirty as well ( not really, but with a thatched room, sweeping is a 24/7 job), because the next day the little girl who lives next door to me came over which normally she wants to play with cards or books, etc. no, today, she picks up my broom and starts sweeping out my home. it is hysterical if you know lucecita and that she is like a foot tall but 4 years old with this wild, crazy bush of a hairdo that sticks out every which way, with rotted teeth (maybe i shouldn`t give away dulces) BUT she talks like an adult woman! it was riotous! she`s chatting it up with me about town issues while my little rented helper cleans the house! oh man, classic.
Football has decided to come to me as the kids democratically, not really, picked my yard to turn into a football field! One good thing is that they have killed all the grass so I don`t have to cut it with a machete, which is pain-stakingly tiring. But, every couple days, they, like all kids, break something. This time it was my shower/sink/everything tarp behind my house. They kick the ball into it and it gets caught there. Rather than extracting it from the shower, they just kick and kick until it comes out. Oh...dear. But there a few really sweet boys who help me cut a branch to fix it.
I also the other day got the spring to get on a horse, badly. I never get to ride and it is SOOOO fun as Tina can attest to. So there was a horse outside my neighbor`s house and i asked the little boy who rode it to school if i could take it for a spin, just for a sec. So i hopped on in my crocs and shorts and rode around town and down the lane. Everyone hollers and hoots when i come riding up on the beast and challenges me to run him...so off we go!
life in panama, never a dull day! I leave you there.