Thursday, March 04, 2010

a preliminary update

  • Yes, just 2 days ago I was lying in that hammock overlooking the ocean
  • It was hot and humid with lots of mosquitos
  • I loved it anyway
  • I got home in the early evening last night and I'm back at work today
  • I have a lot of work to do but I don't mind too terribly since I only have a 2 day work week
  • I'm coping by cranking up my space heater under my desk and eating chocolate I bought in Panama City my last night there
  • It was really difficult to find chocolate in the grocery store that wasn't from the States or Europe. I found that strange.
  • I always like bringing local treats home from places I visit to ease my way back into my regular life
  • I also like buying a coffee table book and maybe a pretty magnet for my fridge as mementos
  • Unfortunately Tocumen Airport thinks their visitors are only interested in duty-free liquor, perfume and expensive ties, I couldn't find a single souvenir shop in the entire airport
  • And not just because I arrived at 530 am - there just weren't souvenir shops anywhere to be found, opened or closed
  • I had to get up at 4 am yesterday to check out of my hotel at 445 am to catch the free shuttle to the airport at 5 am
  • The hotel advised us this was the best option
  • I was skeptical but did it anyway not wanting to chance anything
  • Of course we arrived at the airport extremely early - our flight was at 820 am
  • The $25 taxi ride (split with my travel buddy) would have been worth the extra hour of sleep
  • Especially since we didn't get to bed until after 130 am
  • Last night I fell asleep on my couch after eating Thai delivery around 8 pm
  • I woke up at 10 and went to bed without showering even though my last shower was more than 24 hours earlier
  • The concept of "clean" can be very relative - I was not sweaty and I didn't have any bug spray or sunscreen on so I didn't feel dirty
  • Besides, I shaved my legs for the first time in over a week during that last shower in Panama City - I felt clean
  • Despite my prolific use of bug spray I came home with tons of bug bites
  • Many of them were really flared up this morning for some reason
  • The red welts kind of destroy the look of my tan
  • Not that anyone can tell since I'm all covered up in long sleeves and long pants
  • But I was told on the elevator this morning that I look tanned and relaxed
  • And I feel it too
  • I have many, many stories to share about my exciting Panamanian adventures
  • And lots of photos too
  • Except last night my laptop refused to download them and I was too tired to figure out the problem
  • As a hint of things to come I will tell you I have stories of snorkeling with barricuda, surfing, monkeys, sharks, an abandoned prison, moon rises and sunsets and a what it's like to live on a deserted island for 6 days - just to name a few
  • And by the way, this will be my last post hidden behind the iron curtain of password protected private blogging
  • Yes, this means I did not get the job I was chasing but I'm not disappointed
  • At this point I'm just happy to have it all decided


lemoniepants said...

sorry you are back from vacation, you deserve long ones. and sorry about your job!

you need a chocolate chip cookie.

michele said...

welcome back! can't wait to hear of your adventures. sorry about the job.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're back from behind the private (iron?) curtain!

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