Some Thoughts From Here.

And now, just minutes ago, I officially became an RPCV.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Xao for now, Panama.
Besos y abrazos para siempre.
Jun 28

And now, just minutes ago, I officially became an RPCV.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Xao for now, Panama.

Besos y abrazos para siempre.


Silvia y sus amigos contra el mundo. sabado, 23 de junio de 2012.
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Silvia y sus amigos contra el mundo.
sabado, 23 de junio de 2012.

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My despedidas(going away parties). They had four of them for me, and I had to speak three times in front of the entire community. Then, I had to speak for the last Montijo League soccer game, and they dedicated the game (and the win to make it to the league championship) to me.

In the elementary and junior high schools there weretipicodance performances, poems, speeches, songs, choreographed routines, even a fashion show of garments made from recyclable materials,arroz con polloand even a plate of just vegetables, just for me.

In the community, there were decimas (typical Panamanian campopoetry, done in song), more tipico performances from the childrens’ group, more speeches, atambourdrum circle with lots of clapping, more songs, and there was cake.

I will not write long list of beautiful and thoughtful and fun gifts that my friends and community members and Piloneno families gave me, because well, it was all just too much.

Just to say this: these people who, at times, have almost nothing scraped together their pennies and dimes so that I would have something. That is the quality and the beauty of the people I have encountered and become so very close with in my two years here. Incredible quality and incredible beauty.

One more practically perfect Panamanian sunset.
Atardecer, Las Lajas.
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One more practically perfect Panamanian sunset.

Atardecer, Las Lajas.

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In the Panamanian desert where it rains five times less than in the rest of the country.

Parque Nacional Sarigua, Herrera.

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Final trip to the beach here, for now.

Las Lajas, Chiriqui with J.

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Official Recycling Centers, El Pilon. The end result. 

It was brought to my attention yesterday (thanks, Suze) that Some Thoughts from Here has been a bit confusing as of late as to my actual whereabouts. Here’s my excuse: a mix of traipsing around the capital to and from the Peace Corps Office, getting stuck up with needles and doing poop tests (lovely, I know), watching the EuroCopa futbol matches, eating some normal food (and sushi, actual sushi!), having final interviews, saying final goodbyes…and receiving a surprise day-trip visitor yesterday which was just really wonderfully romantic.

I am here, in Panama City.

In Panama City, there are Internet connections and they are fast, which is why I have been able to get back to the World Wide Web and back to the blog to offer some updates on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to the past few months. So, what you see on Some Thoughts from Here is me, trying to wrap up my two-plus years of Peace Corps service and trying to put all those experiences and feelings and moments into a few words and a few photos before I fly out of Panama on Saturday and sign of from here, for good.

Or, at least for now (thanks again, Suze). 

Jun 28
Where I am now.