Posts Tagged ‘indepenence’

Boy, Does it Rain!

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

jagualrIn Ireland, we learned that the household pets would frequently take to the thatched cottage roofs and snuggle in for the warmth and protection it provided. Thus, when there was torrential rain, the animals might just be pushed through the roof below and thus it was “raining  cats and dogs.”

Take that up a notch here in Panama. Maybe raining jaguars and pumas, of which they have a few. Last week’s Independence Day Parade was from 9-5 p.m. (really!) and in the rain. It didn’t seem to matter to the thousands lining the route.

paradeWe watched for a couple hours and saw perhaps 5 drill teams and bands during that time. They took 5 steps forward, 3 steps back, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Seriously, the girls had uniforms with cleavage and 5 inch boots and looked like they should be on “Project Runway.”

The drum line was intense and all ages could be in the neighborhood bands. We saw 6yr olds and up, but they all had to know the routine. All were drenched but happy.

The enterprising sold umbrellas. I bought one.


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

First full day and it’s Memorial Day here followed by their Independence day, so every family is out. First, a day of  mourning with sirens for silence, flags, lots of troops out for protection and services to honor all who have lost their lives in any modern-times Israel war (and remember their days start at sundown). And then we enjoyed their Independence Day when they became an official country on May 10,1948 (and Steve’s exact birthday!)

We are all amazed at the number of Muslem cities and mosques in this country, and to find out that the West Bank is actually Samaria and on the west side of the river Jordan — smack dab in the middle of this country!!!!!

I feel like such a dummy, and it’s full of Palestinians and they want Israel to give it to them? Hellooooooo. They already gave them the Gaza. They are being picked to death by chickens with guns and minerets (don’t push Israel)!