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What a great week!
Before Michelle left, we visited the Smithsonian Bio Diversity Complex here in Panama City. It was an interesting afternoon where we learned about many of the small critters indigenous to Panama and their work learning about the effects of our worlds colliding.
This week started with a number of trips into the city to finish our last minute provisioning. We discovered an amazing place to buy wonderful meats and cheeses that we haven't seen since we left the USA. We thought we might be in heaven!
On Saturday we met our friend Robin from s/v Mermaid for dinner in the city. She was on her way home to the US to see her grandchildren. She and Mike have become good friends since we arrived in Panama. Sadly, they have already done the pacific, so are staying in the Caribbean. We will sure miss them.
On Saturday night we attended an amateur theatre presentation of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare in 96 Minutes. The show was hilarious! 3 men performed this show with awesome energy and talent. A bunch of other cruisers from the anchorage were with us... It was a great night.
As most of you know, we were involved in the Pacific Puddlejump Gathering here in Panama. Through this experience we met some wonderful people...
Our job was to help organize the gathering that took place at the Balboa Yacht Club here in Panama City. There were over 30 boats here in Panama City who attended the gathering & information session.
Andy, from the sailing magazine, Latitude 38 was the person who we worked with. A great magazine supported by good people.. Paul, Stephanie & Manoa were here from Tahiti Tourism. They made a very good presentation and helped all of us better understand what we can expect when we arrive in French Polynesia. Tehani was here from Tahiti Crew, an agency who helps us with entering French Polynesia. Tehani's organization really makes checking into the area easy and safe.
Last, but not least, Sharon was here from New Zealand. She works with the Whangarei Marine Group who are a group of businesses in New Zealand who cater to boaters needs. Everything from sails to places to stay, Stephanie was a wealth of information and fun...
|The posters we put up around town...|
|Andy (Latitude 38) & Paul (Tahiti Tourism)|
|Tehani (Tahiti Crew) & her happy customer|
|Sharon (New Zealand), Kyle & Andy|
|Ben & Marion (s/v Guinevere 1)|
|Manoa (Tahiti Tourism)|
|Stephanie (Tahiti Tourism)|
|The French Ambassador, The Minister of Tourism for Panama, & The Director of Tourism for Tahiti|
|Lanny, Luc & Ginger (cruisers)|
|A really happy cruiser...|
|Mustafa & Elif from Turkey|
|Ginger & Shelley|
|Ginger & Food!|
|Paul (Tahiti Tourism), Sharon (New Zealand Marine Group) & me...|
|Sharon, Shelley & Deb (from Deb's Place, a cruiser haven here in Panama)|
|Solving the World's Problems... (The French Ambassador) Andy, & me...|
|Lanny & Ginger|
|Audrey & Adrien (s'v Quatra)|
|We were politely kicked out of the embassy residence around 10 pm..|
|Our "official" invitation...|
All in all it was a GREAT week in paradise....