Drinking coffee and iced-tea, walking the Pipeline Trail and partying in Zanzibar
18.03.2012 - 25.03.2012 25 °C
Having been newly promoted to an Intermediate Spanish speaker, I was hoping that my Spanish would magically improve overnight. No such luck, the Spanish has been just as hard this week as last week. We have spent the majority of the time repeating the topics of last week, and practising mixing the different past tenses, which if you ask me is the hardest part, so it is probably good they are forcing us to do so much of it.
Outside of class we have also been busy little bees, we have had to be, in-order to work off all the food Grandma has been feeding us! We have had something different every day for dinner and most days for breakfast these two weeks. Though the days we had custard, and then jelly for breakfast were the low point (for me anyways, Helen seemed to love it), I must say thought, we have had truly amazing food.
We have also been café hopping a lot this week, I absolutely love sitting in different cafes, drinking coffee and enjoying the atmosphere, and we have spread our wealth out around Boquete quite evenly, sampling the coffee and the iced-tea in at least five different venues. We have continued to be just as studious; doing homework in the evenings and getting out our various books to practise at the café’s in the mornings. But on the whole it has been a fairly relaxing and care-free week.
We have also done two of the excursions with the school this week. On Wednesday morning we went on a hike along the Pipeline Trail, a very pretty little trail that follows the river and the water pipelines of the village (surprise, surprise).
We went with a very knowledgeable guide, who pointed out various plants and animals for us; including a beautiful yellow flower which could be used as an anaesthetic, some “baby avocadoes” and a translucent butterfly.
The trail ended at a beautiful waterfall, where we sat for a while taking the view, before walking back down the trail.
On the way back we saw four quetzals (which are meant to be the second prettiest bird in the world), they were quite a way away but Helen has a good camera so we managed to capture a few good shots.
On Thursday evenings the school also does an excursion to Zanzibar, which is a local bar. So after heading back up to the family house for dinner we went back into town for a few drinks with some of the teachers, staff and other students from the school. It was a very enjoyable evening, where I continued my mission of “acquiring the taste for beer” by drinking a bottle of Panama (which I have advised by Granddad is a good one).
On Saturday we then said goodbye to the family who have looked after us so well for the last two weeks, and got on the bus back to Panama city, where we are now excitedly awaiting the late night arrival of our other travel companion for the next 3 weeks, Jo! And tomorrow at 5AM? We are heading to the beach… bring on San Blas.