One of the biggest perks of having tons of friends working all over Panama is getting to visit them. I don’t know why it took me so long to get started, but this past weekend I visited another volunteer, Zoe, in her site on the coast of Bocas del Toro. In this case, beautiful would be an understatement. Since everyone lives on the water and there aren’t any roads in or out of her town, your only mode of transport is a motorboat into the town and then hollowed out canoes between the homes.
Another volunteer, Jess, who lives in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, and I wanted to visit together to celebrate Zoe’s 25th birthday. Besides the obligatory cake (a delicious peanut butter apple) and singing amongst ourselves, we also got to participate in an artisan group meeting, a women’s pig project work-day, and a women’s baking and business class (they’re spreading!). We did have one free afternoon though, and took full advantage of it to canoe out to a coral reef to do a little snorkeling.
A special birthday lunch: rice, dachin (a root vegetable) and snails
It was a gorgeous, satisfying, fun, and much needed weekend with some awesome volunteers. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to making more visits in the future!