After kind of a bummer in Panama, and just feeling like I'd wasted too much time there I headed to El Valle. It was just what I needed. It was a very quiet mountain town. Not too many tourist and not much else to do but hike and explore. The first hike I did was to see the square trees it was a lovely hike and I was feeling better already. After that I went to a garden/zoo and was reminded why it is I don't go to zoos, the animals were kept in horrible conditions. I went to some natural hot springs which weren't so pretty as they were just in a concrete pool, but I was able to get a natural mud mask which was nice. That nite I ate at an outside stand and made friends with the Columbian owners. I surprized to finde so many Columbians in Panama but they come here to make the dollar, which of course has more value. I ran into several really friendly Columbians, more than I have Panamanians...odd. The next day I woke early and started hiking, this time to see the petroglyphs and the waterfall. Again another great hike.
After traveling on the Great White mother for the millineum voyage on Semester at Sea I set a goal to travel to all 7 continents... after moving to Chile and traveling south I made it to Antarctica... number 7. Weddings brought me to the states for a year where I received my masters in education. I found a job in Honduras and got out of the states once again. Seems this travel bug is more than just a bug, but rather a lifestyle now. Can't wait to see what Central America has in store for me! I stole my traveling motto from a fellow I met along the way, "you never regret a swim," whether it'... full info