To reflect on the past couple weeks since i`ve written. We had a wonderful trip with the jovenes of my Panama verde youth group to the national park in chiriqui, parque amistad. Pulling together the funds barely, we went for the weekend and had good weather. Had a forest ranger give info on the park itself, playing teambuilding and environmental education games, did a hike to a beautiful waterfall (see my photos), and played chubby bunny in front of a fire (it`s rather cold by the way there as it is at a 2500m altitud)! They love this game and it is rather hysterical to watch them play it. They were so happy and my fears of lacking food, sickness, money, whatever were all for nought. We also in the final days of july dedicated the park that we have been working on in the community. It is very pretty and I am thankful to be finished with that. The community seems quite pleased and the children are all over the benches and walkways of it. It`s named after the former volunteer who helped with the initial proposal and I was able to speak at the ceremony. Hopefully we will get started on another one soon. My group of women took their accounting exam and all did quite well, however, they don`t know it but there were so many points involved that it was difficult to do poorly. But they were all worried about it and begged me to give the results sooner than i had planned. I waited a few days for a meeting I had with them to give back the tests and I baked a cake for them to celebrate! nothing fancy, pilsbury from a box, but MAN was it a delight! carrot cake, yum. You have no idea. Then it poured as i was a ways from my house stuck in the chapel. This little creek had risen to above my waist and the path was a river! I had to get back before dark so i wadded through all this and i thought the river really might take me with it if i slipped or misstepped! but i came out okay, just my white skirt was now a beautiful brown mud color. dari said he wasn`t worried about me only that the rest of the leftover cake made it back to the house! We also went to visit his mother and brothers who were all in town in farfan then santiago for the celebrations of the midyear vacations. There was a street party that night and so 2 of his brothers, dari, and myself went out. It was just like oktoberfest in munich for those of you who have been. 18wheelers that had been turned into sound systems with huge speakers for music to dance to and tons of food and junky things to buy! but fun. well, i`m off to eat some pasta to carb load before my big day tomorrow. I`ve got to hit the hay early since it starts at 5:30am!