Blogs from Isla Popa, Bocas Del Toro, Panama, Central America Caribbean

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After a two day delay due to torrential rain, the ethnobotanical class made it to Popa Dos. It was fantastico. The professor, and 4 students went on a botanical walk and observed an artisan demonstatraion. I told the students Porfirio is enthusiastic about sharing his medicinal plant knowledge. He did not disapoint. He led us on a short hike on the Popa Sendero. During the walk he stopped to talk about the plants and let them ask questions. At one point he sat down on a log and told them he was going to dar clase. Some of the students speak basic Spanish the others only English so I acted as a translator during the class. They had plenty of questions and he willingly talked about his journey to become a botanico. It may be hard ... read more


Dagene her på Popa Island har gått så altfor fort. fire dager wooow vekke. Dagene har vært helt utrolige, faktisk så utrolig bra at vi valgte å bli en natt ekstra ute på denne øde øyen. Egentlig skulle vil tilbake til fastlandet og Bocas del Toro i dag, men vi var ikke vanskelige bearbeide da personalet og de to andre gjestene på hotellet spurte om vi ikke kunne bli en dag til. Det har seg nemlig slik at hotellet har en liten personalgruppe på 5-6 personer. Disse bor og lever på hotellet hele året. Gruppen er uformell og stemningen er lett, kvelden i går var super hyggelig da både alle gjestene på hotellet (som fortsatt er jeg, Aleksander og det andre paret) og alle som jobber her møttes i baren hvor vi koste oss mange timer. ... read more
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Dagene her på Popa er helt fantastiske. Etter ett døgn helt alene på hotellet kom det i går to gjester til. Dette er et hyggelig par som opprinnelig er fra Bosnia, men som nå bor i San Diego. I går gjorde vi ikke mye, lå kun ved bassenget, drakk fantatiske drinker laget av ingredienser fra øyen. Pina Colada med ferskplukket ananas, er nok det beste jeg noen gang har smakt. Kokkosen som de har oppi er skrellet ut av kokosnøtter fra øya. De har en fantastisk kokk som lager hva enn vi ønsker, når vi ønsker det. I går fikk jeg en nydelig fiskesuppe mens Aleksander spiste biff av beste sort. I dag spiste vi selvfisket redsnapper (ikke vet jeg hva det heter på norsk), men godt var det iallefall, Aleksander mente på at det var ... read more
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i dag var som tidligere nevnt avreisedag til Bocas del Toro og Popa Paradise resort. Vi sjekket inn på den lokale flyplassen i Panama City og her kan man fint si at sikkerhetskontrollen ikke er mer enn så som så. Gate'n besto av sitteplasser og en dame som forklarte oss hvor vi skulle sette oss. Hun passet på at alle kom med riktig fly. Flyet vi tok var for min del det minste flyet jeg noen gang har flydd. Et lite propellfly med plass til ca 30 personer. Tiltross for min skepsis gikk flyturen veldig fint, vi fikk til og med servering på den lille 50minutters turen. Bocas har egen internasjonal flyplass, å til å være internasjonal var den nok meget annerledes enn hva vi er vant med. Bagasjebånd fantes ikke, en mann kom med bagasjen ... read more
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I spent Friday and Saturday nights in the Meri Ngabe cabina on Isla Popa. It only cost 15$ which is a very good bargain. The cabina has running water and a flush toliet! Things have really improved in my little community! So the bueno there is now a collegio on isla popa, at least there are 2 professors who teach collegio. Collegio is like junior high and high school in the US. This means the kids boys and girls can go to school instead of having to stop once they get to 6th grade. I can´t tell you how excited I was to hear that. One of my favorite kids Porfilo is 17 and finished the ¨7th grade this past year. Who knows if he will be able to continue to 12th grade but he has ... read more


I spent this past saturday with some of my favorite kids from Popa, and a new one I just met. Porfilio and Edy were my friends when I lived there and I still have many of their drawings. They took me along with Tito to their farm. Then we stoped at Ricardo's in Crawl Cay for some johnny cakes and sodas and then out to the bouy to swim. It was so much fun and Bocas is still so beautiful!... read more
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Wednesday we took a boat trip to the mainland and visited friends' property there and then went snorkeling. Unfortunately, we hit a big rainstorm even though we'd waited for couple of hours for it to pass...it's warm enough here, even in the rain, for getting soaked to be an OK experience! Their property is beautiful...off the grid and waterfront backing up to jungle covered hills. The snorkeling was great again. We saw a small white and grey ray, three squid, and many fish and much coral. Thursday morning was even rainier...so we spent time reading and on the internet, taking care of hotel reservations, school stuff (for Lynn), and of course, the travelblog! In the afternoon when the rain stopped, we took a water taxi to the nearby island of Bastimentos. We ate lunch at Roots, ... read more
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Our Friends' Property from the water\
Our boat driver, Livingston


I went to Isla Popa 2 today after being gone nearly 4 years. It is diffrent yet completely the same. The teacher I knew is still there and all the same families. But there is a new bigger school, a new library, a functioning restaurant and hotel with FLUSH TOLIETS! The ADEPESCO office is there too. My house was taken apart and is gone. My friend who had left the isla to go to Costa Rica is back living with her children. Her name is Clementina. I had not seen her in a very long time, she was always a close friend and so nice to me. She gave Elaine and I coconuts to drink and some Johnny Cakes to eat. I´d bting you one mom if it would not mold! We did not stay too ... read more




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