January 2, 2011

Another Panama Parade

I heard that between ten and twenty thousand people came to downtown Boquete for the November 28 independence day parade. When I dropped William off in the park, it was 7:00 a.m.. 
The parading began at 8:00-ish and lasted close to15 hours -- without a break.  Just this endless, flowing and  flamboyant,  sixteen-hour long caterpillar.

Folks show up by bus loads, on bikes, in cars and on foot. The come early, wedging  their cars where they can, changing clothing while crouched behind an open car door, or at the river's edge.  

Ngobe people, perched on a hillside by the main road.
Most local schools participate, this being William's class.

I got a "thumbs up!"
One of dozens of parading groups.

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News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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