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Friday,November 10 in Chitre
Today we headed out on the bus for the beach, called Playa Rompio. I might have ended up at a different beach than the one we were trying to get to, but since there werenÂ´t any signs it is hard to tell.
ThereÂ´s been a lot of rain lately, so although the beach was beautiful, the water was silty. We saw black vultures and brown pelicans, anhingas and frigatebirds. We walked down the beach until we found a restaurant that was a fishermanÂ´s hangout. The fresh fish we had for lunch there was incredible. The fishermen were there, selling their fish to trucks that would come by with giant coolers in the back, mending their nets, and heading out to sea in their little boats. When they would come in theyÂ´d gut their fish right there on the shore, to the delight of the frigate birds, which would swoop down for their treats, then get chased by the other frigates trying to steal a meal. We hopped on a van to make our way back to Chitre. As we went along, the little van kept picking people up, and picking people up, and picking people up....all the children were sitting on laps and hanging on behind the front seats, we must have had about 25 people in a mini van. i felt like i was inside one of those little vw bugs with all the clowns inside.
Then we made our way to Los Santos to the Â´cry of independenceÂ´festival there. Marching Bands, mostly bugle and drum, but some regular marching bands from all over the country march around town all day and all night. Some were from schools, and some were town bands. The president of Panama was in this tower in the town square, watching all the bands go by and declaring a winner. When we went mid afternoon, it was already getting crowded. After standing on the street, some really nice people not only invited us to sit on their porch with them, but also gave us water and beer and nachos! We left to buy our hostess some flowers, but quickly were engulfed by this huge crowd, now in the dark, got really lost, and our only thought was of getting outta town...if we could find our way out!! Finally we found a bus going back to town. The ceiling of the bus station in Chitre is just covered in swallows. Hundreds of them!! Got back to the hotel just before the cloudburst. Sweet! On to Santa Fe tomorrow!