Other projects have been arranging a leadership workshop for the youth group in 2 weeks with members of another more ´senior´ group close to Santiago who will come to do the workshop. I’m very excited about this one and think it will be very beneficial for the group! Elsewhere, I have been painting some signs to hang up giving direction to visitors of where the restaurant is. And also, giving support in consulting with ANCON, a Panamanian organization for conservation which has several small business owners in my town which have ecotourism projects. This means looking at their cabañas and seeing what a tourist would see or see lacking or with a store owner putting together some figures to show progress for the donor’s sake.
English classes for me start this week and my computer trainers have set our date to work together.
Funny little story…or maybe just funny to Panamanians. I went to my friend Ramona’s store to buy a pound of rice and she puts it in the bag and hands it to me. I look and it is chock full of ants! Now I’m one who’s used to eating ants by now, but that should happen in my house when they are looking for food, not from the start! So I tell her I’m demanding another pound without ants (jokingly, of course). She laughs and I tell her since there is nothing to eat (meaning chicken or meat in the store)she was just trying to round out the deal to make a full meal, you know, with some good ole protein. And if this isn’t funny to you, you haven’t been to panama then because oh man how the couple onlookers in the tienda howled at this one. I honestly still think that they are surprised every time that I make a joke and laugh out of surprise that I can indeed be funny in their language! But it sure does feel good to be witty (or some version of it) again. It is hard to lose that for a time while trying to figure out the nuances of a culture and its humor. But…I’m back in the game!!!
p.s. people are always asking me what they can send...i came up with something which is novels, what you have read and enjoyed because there is always a moment of hammock time. also since i was in the states and bought a portal dvd player, movies but sadly they canNOT be burned because it knows about those and doesn`t read them, so originals only. they can be super old or whatever, but as rainy season approaches I would love to see a movie on a rainy day trapped in the hut! if not, i`ll be okay. these are for me. things that the children always enjoy are games, cards like UNO (which has been sent and now lost) and other such travel games or coloring books. you wouldn`t believe how much they play with these simple things! Thank you all for all you have done and all you will do. If anyone happens to send a package, if you could send me an email so that I can be looking for it, it will get to my hands faster. Thanks! Happy Earth day, a day late!