Tiff: Bocas Del Toro Panama
"Well, yesterday we decided to go to a beach on the
other side of the island with our newlywed friends
from Panama City. We found it was $15 by boat and
$1.50 by bus. The bus ride was great. Anyway we got
two beaches for the money. One beach had a reef for
snorkeling and the other was an amazing white sand,
palm tree lined beach full of starfish whose bodies
were bigger than a basketball. The young girl with us
decided some had washed up too far on the sand or
perhaps some tourist guide had put them dangerously
close to the edge of the water. Anyway we put them
back with their buddies safe from a hot, sandy death.
I was snorkeling on the reef side with my most hated
thing/swimming in one foot of water through sea
grass//when suddenly my path was crossed by a huge
ray. It is one thing to swim with them in clear water
with a sandy bottom and quite another to have one
slither through the sea grass right across your
I love our hotel. We are kind of back in a
neighborhood rather than in the tourist beach/front.
There is a fundamentalist church next to us and they
sing everyday. It is quite beautiful. The people
come all dressed up and carrying their bibles. I love
the sound of their music so much I wish that church
was in Port Orchard so I could go to that church.
This is the Caribbean in so many ways but without the
dire poverty we've seen elsewhere and the different
races here function together equally and beautifully.
There is no begging or children in garbage
cans//although there is garbage off the main streets.
The people including us because we are in that part of
town//live outdoors. The kitchens are all outside as
are the places to sit and watch the world go by. We
like it here a lot."
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