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he makes me carry every thing

We arrived in Boquete yesterday- it´s a small town in the highlands. It´s known for growing coffee and oranges. It is beautiful!  It´s surrounded by lush mountains, with creeks and a river going through the town. There are tons of flowers everywhere and lots of Ngobe women dressed in their traditional colorful dress walking around. It´s gorgeous! Yesterday we were touring around checking out the town and were in a cafe when the building started to shake! We thought at first someone had backed into the building but soon clued in that it was an earthquake (the girls behind the counter were terrified). There ended up being about 15 tremors  throughout the day and night! Haven`t felt any more today though.

bad ass backpacker

While we´re here we were planning on possibly doing a rafting trip but it´s low season and we pretty much would have been rafting by ourselves with the guides, plus the waters low. So, instead today we went to some hot springs on a tour. The hotsprings are completely natural- just a few rocks placed around the perimeter is about as developed as it gets. It was great. While we were there there was a huge downpour- it was the best place to be sitting in the rain under the trees, sipping a beer. Our guide Orlando ( who picked us up wearing a Calgary Flames hat from a canadian friend) was a pretty entertaining guy and gave us some insight into the culture around here, what the most poisionous snakes are and barfights in Cantina´s. After the hotsprings we went swimming in the river which was the first cold water we`ve swam in.

hot springs

There are celebrations for the anniversary of the whole province (Chiriqui) we´re in right now.  People really get into it. There are fireworks at night and huge stages and speakers set up playing music. On the way back from the river Orlando took us to a little town to check out the celebrations- there was a rodeo going on, a parade and later there was going to be a huge pary, music, etc. It was great- there was cute little kids doubling on horses, tons of people young and old cheering on the rodeo. People here definately like a good excuse to throw a party!  Stay tuned for the riveting description of the coffee tour we´re going on tomorrow.  The internet is pretty slow here so we´ll try to post more pictures later.

Amy

hpickard says:
Hey Amy,
Still checking up on you to see what you're up to. Sounds pretty awesome. I really like how you can put pictures on when you update.
Have a beer on the beach for me!
Hannah
Posted on: May 11, 2006
sarahjay says:
Hello Amy and Wes,

Guess I better get my emails in seeing as it is a direct reflection of the presents you will bring back for me. Hope you are well. I cant wait to see you both at Ryan's graduation.
ps- I really enjoyed the peeing pics.

sarah
Posted on: May 11, 2006
uncledave says:
Hi Wes and Amy,
Hope you are OK after your coffee tour. Two days and no news! I have enjoyed your trip thus far.

Uncle Dave
Posted on: May 09, 2006
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he makes me carry every thing
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