- Everything in el bosque will kill you, sting you, poison you, or lay its eggs in you. (just kidding but it's starting to seem that way).
- Speaking of... they have coral snakes! I want to see one because they are the prettiest snake but I don't want to see one because (SURPRISE!) they can kill you.
- There are several indigenous groups in Panama and they have the some of the most political autonomy of any native people in the Americas.
- Panama is on the US dollar... I had no idea.
- Cashews grow wild but are really poisonous before you roast them and even then the smoke during cooking is toxic.
- Some people have a poison-ivy-like reaction to mango leaves.
- The Peace Corps makes you take a swim test in which you turn your pants into a flotation device... I'm very curious to see how I will hold up.
- Hot dogs are a favorite. Really big. The breakfast of champions.
- Pasta goes with rice. They do that in Costa Rica too though. :-P
- A lot of pc volunteers adopt pets. I really want a dog! I don't want to feel like I'm cheating on Hobbes though. Maybe I'll stuff him in my bag...
- It is considered weird to live alone en el campo. I kind of already knew this but I had no idea of the extent of it.
- There is one active volcano in Panama. If you visit me, we're going there. I don't care how many times I see it.
- I'm going to need to buy high heels for la ciudad.
- Mother's Day is a massive blowout. Maybe not as huge as hotdogs but almost...
- Bob Villa is a Peace Corps Panama alumnus.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
To avoid mass e-mail, I've decided to keep a blog of my Peace Corps experience. JFK asked me what I can do for my country and so, next month, I'm headed off to Panama to ultimately become a "tourism and English consultant". I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'm excited. It looks like I'll be able to update this bad boy about once a month. That seems to be the average for the other Peace Corps blogs I've been reading. I'll kick this off with some fun things I've learned about Panama!
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