Blogs from Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro, Panama, Central America Caribbean - page 4

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Aguas Negras, or black water, is a community located right above the mangroves behind the sewage treatment plant in Bocas town. Yesterday I went with my friend SOnia to her house. I knew she lived near the airport and assumed it was the neighborhood bordering the runway. I was suprised when she said " no por aca" and headed to the gate of the water treatment plant. She ignored the do not enter sign and opened the unlocked gate. We walked between the treatment ponds and out the other side. She was really worried I'd fall on the make shift bridge that crosses the mangrove swamp to the houses on the other side. The boards are pieced together and some are barely nailed down. I watched where she walked and made it across safely and into ... read more


I came to Bocas to invesitigate the possability of starting up a conservation education program for a local field school called ITEC. I'm spending more time on Isla Colon than I did in the past. There are so many unique things to Bocas that I never experienced previously. This week I went in a cave with 5 species of bats, including vampire bats, saw the remains of a loggerhead seaturtle nest, walked to Rio Mimbi Timbi, tried to speak GuariGuari, and ate Deba Mudu, or heart of palm, soup. Tommorrow the entire field school is going to Isla Popa 2 to see an artisan demonstration and walk on the nature trail. Hope it all goes well.... read more
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My back pack ended up too heavy. I have huge bruises on my shoulders from carrying it through ATL airport. Que va. The ricketty bridge in Bocas did not disapoint. It's still rickety. There is a new bridge alongside for cars but pedestrians still cross over the old railroad tracks and ties. The boards are nailed down with huge nails but several bounce up as you cross over them. I headed to Isla Popa when I arrived in Bocas. Bueno, I waited around a few hours to go to Isla Popa. SO I walked around the blazing hot streets of Bocas. When I lived here everytime I came to Bocas I ended up walking around in circles waiting for rides, waiting for the post office to open, waiting to meet with someone, waiting for the superslow ... read more
Tres Razas
View from the boat


Bocas Reintegration -A cold shower is always a shock. It doesn't matter how hot it is- it hits me like ice being poured down my back. -Mud. My feet will be muddy until August 7th when I get back home. -The Ngabe coffee, never quite good enough but still mange to stay up all night after drinking it. -The poverty. It's worse at least in some houses on popa. More boards missing, less food, roof falling apart. -The Bocas sun- you forget how strong it is when it bounces off the water. -The waiting. For a boat, for a friend, to eat, to chat with a friend, for the ameobas to hit, always waiting. -Sticker shock- to go from Isla Popa to Bocas where everything is more from hotels to food. I can spend the same ... read more


We are now getting into the last few days in Boquete, Panama. It’s been a good visit to a small town in the mountains. It is now the rainy season in Central America and if you like rain, Boquete is the place for you. It rains nearly every day here. A lot of rain; literally 2-3 inches every day. We looked up weather statistics for Boquete and it is common to get 30 to 40 inches of rain in a month here. Every afternoon by 3 the clouds roll over the volcano and up the valley. Because the weather often knocks out internet, TV and even electricity we have spent quite a few nights sitting on our balcony and enjoying the unbelievable lightning storms. After a week of staying around the house watching the rain we ... read more
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Mom and Dad Kemmerer Visit & Boquete – Erin After an overnight stay in Panama City, my parents finally arrived to Bocas landing strip via Air Panama! We were so excited to see them, and also very excited to get checked in to the house they rented for ten days Old Bank on Isla Bastimentos. We were not disappointed with my mom’s choice of Casa Roca! The property was a 5 minute walk along the ocean’s edge outside of Old Bank, and overlooked the water, private beach area, and rock jetty. The best part of the house was that the large doors lining the kitchen and living room area opened up to the big deck equipped with a hammock and comfy sitting chairs. We all immediately felt very at home J Our first priority was to ... read more


Det nærmer seg hjemreise. og allerede i morgen tidlig setter vi oss på flyet fra Bocas til Panama City. Her får vi hele dagen før flyet går hjemover kl 19 i morgen kveld. Vi har hatt en topp ferie, og vi har som alltid kost oss i massevis. Vi koser oss i hverandres selskap, å ingenting er vel bedre enn det :) Etter to dager med øsende pøsende regn har vi de siste dagene hatt herlig vær. Dagen i går lå vi kun ved bassenget og slappet av, leste bok og nøt livet. I dag startet vi dagen kl 08, Aleksander leide seg en båt og dro for å snorkle ved noen av revene i nærheten. Jeg lå ved bassenget og koste meg der. Når Aleksander kom tilbake dro vi sammen ut til Red Frog beach. ... read more
Sushi skulle prøves
Skeptisk
Han prøvde iallefall, men om han likte det.. Det noe helt annet :P


Idag våknet vi opp til strålende solskinn og nydelig vær, Aleksander var oppe allerede kl 06.30 for å nyte været. Han satt på verandaen å leste bok og så på soloppgangen. Jeg sov litt lenger og var ikke oppe før kl 09. Klokken 10 ble vi hentet av taxi som tok oss med til Bocas del Drago og Star fish beach. En flott strand hvor vi nøt de varme strålene fra sola. Boka jeg startet på i går ettermiddag var kjapt utlest og fargen kommer litt etter litt.Været er meldt litt opp og ned de neste dagene, men vi krysser det som krysses kan å håper på at de aller siste dagene blir akkurat slik som i dag, vi har nemlig flere ting vi vil oppleve:) I kveld har vi kost oss på en av byens ... read more
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Bocas del Drago


For to dager siden kom vi tilbake til Bocas del Toro. Siden vi reiste fra Popa har det karibiske regnet fosset ned. Dagen vi kom og i går ble derfor deretter. Vi fikk ikke dratt på noen av utflukten vi hadde tenkt. Vi dro heller inn til byen og koste oss i hverandres selskap med god mat og drikke. Å dra fra Popa ble trist, og lettrørt som jeg er tørket jeg en tåre når jeg fikk klem fra Daryan, en av managerne ved hotellet (han så det ikke altså). Dagene der ut kan beskrives med få ord, perfekt, øde og idyllisk. Været var med oss alle dagene her, og vi koste oss fra start til slutt. Akkurat i det vi gikk på båten og skulle til Bocas kom regnet, og det øset ned, vi ble ... read more
Kjekt ja :)
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Bocas Del Toro, Panama –Erin After a wonderful visit from Mom and Dad Deren, Jeff and I were on our way to Bocas Del Toro, Panama for a couple weeks until Mom and Dad Kemmerer arrive. As always, the goodbyes in Costa Rica were accompanied by tears. It is always so hard to leave Jeff’s Costa Rican family, and then Pat and Linda returning home was a double doozy for us. It was just such a special time for all! Jeff and I caught the 6 a.m. bus out of San Jose, Costa Rica hoping to arrive in Bocas early that same afternoon. It was an uneventful bus ride to the border minus the steady rain, which made crossing the bridge into Panama rather daunting. The bridge itself was the scariest I have ever had to ... read more
Local Kids Handlining
Kayaking!!
Calypso Joe




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