Driving Home from Santa Catalina, Panama

This is the last set of photos from our recent trip, taken on the drive home. They are the photos that I like best from my collection of that day, and I hope some will give you a feel for the area and the beauty we saw on our drive home.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Driving Home from Santa Catalina, Panama

  1. cindy knoke says:

    looks so beautiful!!

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  2. oldsalt1942 says:

    Over the years living here in Panama I’ve seen a lot of those shacks and certainly neither you, I, or anyone we know would choose to live in one of them, but then I also think, well, they aren’t living under a bridge. They aren’t sleeping on a park bench or in some doorway somewhere. They have a place to go to when it rains, and it’s THEIRS! And to me, the poor who live in those shacks are WAY AHEAD of the homeless back in the States.

    I remember taking the bus over to Almirante to get out to Bocas del Toro, and on the other side of the continental divide you see a lot of shacks like that. No electricity, no running water, but the children who live there came out to catch the bus to go to school and their school uniforms were CLEAN! The shirts and blouses were brilliantly white and the skirts and slacks were clean and pressed. There’s a lot of poverty here, and it’s not hard to find it, either, but you don’t see “bag ladies” wandering around David with their lives in shopping carts.

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    • What strikes me – these people living in conditions that we think are so bad – they are hanging out with their friends and neighbors. Often there are flowers in the yard. The kids are running free outdoors. They are not freezing on a street corner hoping someone will give them a handout. I think they are way happier than our poor and homeless in the US, but are they happier than a lot of our middle class too? When we left there was so much suffering, lost jobs, lost homes, stress breaking apart families, shame, despair. When society is so much about material things, not having things is viewed differently.

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