'I hear the sound of distant drums'

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Panama  , Chiriquí,
Saturday, November 3, 2012

Another week has passed and both of us can't believe it. We have really settled down to the Panamanian way of life which basically is 'why not put off today what you can do tomorrow', the total opposite of UK life.
Where we are staying is in the middle of the area of local people, we are about 10 minutes outside Boquete and about 35-40 minutes from Panama's second biggest city David, the day starts at dawn, about 7 o'clock, which is the start of the work and school day, we are only 9 degrees from the equator so we get almost 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night, it doesn't really change throughout the year. We particularly came here when we did because we wanted to experience the rainy season, which lasts from May to November, with the dry season the other period. Last week we explained that when it does rain, its is extraordinary, for example they get 30 inches of rain a month during the rainy season, but none during the dry season. Up in Boquete which is a 4000 feet above sea level, we are living a little higher than that, it tends to rain between 2:30 and 4:30 every day in the wet.

At the moment as I write this it has just started to rain, I'm sat outside on the verandah, lap-top on my lap and the time is 3:00.

What have we experienced this week?
Well the locals have been noticeable because of drumming, yes beating of drums very loudly at strange times, by half way through the week we finally asked and were told it was all in aid of the festival celebrating the independence of Panama from Spain, and that the would be a parade on Saturday in every town in the country. When we say drumming at strange times, 6 in the morning, seemed acceptable to the locals and on Friday/Saturday a further rehearsal at 1:30 in the
morning seemed OK. We went to see the parade this morning thinking it would last half an hour or so, 3 and a half hours later the drumming bands were still marching and boy were they loud. Glenn
said that the noise was so loud not only were the sound waves moving his body hair to the beat, he could feel his belly fat pulsating to the beat! What a horrible thought for you dear readers! That must mean a diet of some sort is now in order.

What else have we done? Well we've been to the coast and seen some amazing views along with additional mountain views, only trouble was we forgot the camera that day so nothing to show you loyal viewers.

Carol's been in-touch with 'John the Baptist' (email name) regarding her lost camera, although we were a little uncertain of his charitable ways when he demanded $40 for the return of the camera, we think it took the 'give and receive message' from Jesus to a new level, anyway to cut the parable to a quick end, John the Baptist didn't have Carol's camera, nor did he get $40.

Glenn created a new dance craze in Panama, it wasn't his dainty jig to the aforementioned drumming that caused him to enlighten the population, it was when in a pair of sandals he decided to step on a nest of fire ants unknowingly, 10 seconds later he and the whole vicinity knew as the hundreds that attached themselves to his bare foot bit at the same time. Fire Ant is a very good name for these insects!!

We got an email this week from the company providing the blog software that we're all enjoying so
much....... They wrote and told us they were so impressed with one of our photos that they selected it for their own home page for a day. It was the one of the castle in Kent entitled 'Its so us'. After
Glenn's experience with the Americans wanting him to take their photos and this, he thinks he is David Bailey, so when times are hard when we get back to Blighty, commissions for 'professional' photo-shoots will be gratefully accepted.

Its now stopped raining, (only a short shower today) the birds are singing, the humming birds are humming and the bloody cockerel across the street is crowing and alls well in the world, see you all next week.

PS, By the way thank you to those that have replied to the blog, it makes us feel that you are all out there.

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