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A Small Price To Pay



21st of June, 2023


Panama I

Today was probably my favorite day that we have had so far. It was really hard to get out of bed because I have been sleeping so well with the sounds of the ocean. We had pancakes and fruit for breakfast (so good!). Then we went to Red Frog Beach by boat and arrived at a little wooden dock surrounded by mangroves. We got off the boat and at once I saw the lush jungle with all kinds of bugs and plants. The bugs have taken a little bit of getting used to but it’s a small price to pay for everything else. We took a 15-minute hike to the other side of the island to the beach. We took off our sandals and immediately ran to the ocean to walk to our part of the beach. We learned how to take apart a coconut, drink its water and eat the white meat. We swam and played in the sand. After the sun got the better of us we went into the shade and made friendship bracelets and played cards. After we ate lunch we got on the boat and went to the hotel. I had fifteen minutes to try and get all of the sand off of me and get into regular clothes. My group got onto the boat and went to San Cristobal, about a fifteen-minute boat ride. I saw the kids that I have been getting to know and they immediately ran to me and we started playing the card game War, Guerra in Spanish. We had to leave early because a storm was rolling in and we didn’t want to get trapped on the island. So after the bumpy boat ride, I got to see the other community center. It was really interesting to see the different cultures between the two islands. After this, we went to the hotel and had dinner, pad thai, burgers, and chicken. I can’t wait to go to San Cristobal tomorrow and see all of the kids!




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