I should be writing about the Panama Canal. They have been working for years on the expansion project, building new locks, deepening and widening the route, and getting ready for the huge Panamax ships. Sunday June 26th was the opening with foreign dignitaries, celebrations all over the country, and much excitement. A Chinese ship won the lottery to be the first ship though and made the trip without incident.
It was a huge project with delays, cost overruns, concerns about the concrete, size of the locks, etc. But, it is done now and I hope everything operates successfully for many years to come. If any of you want to know more about the project or the festivities last weekend, a google search will bring up a lot of information. It’s quite a big deal and will affect shipping and commerce world wide. Panama has every right to be proud!
I, on the other hand, have been enjoying my little world in our little corner of Panama. I spend a lot of my time at my table on the terrace, and at night the light attracts a variety of bugs. Occasionally there is a large moth or other interesting critter. The June bugs have been frequent lately. I also see a lot of tiny bugs that I can hardly make out until I see what my camera and macro lens have captured.
It seems like everyone is getting sick lately. Almost everyone I know has had a cold, or two, or more. Joel and I are almost never sick but both of us are recovering from our second bout of colds in as many months. The H1N1 virus is making the news here. People are hospitalized and some have died, and the health minister is urging everyone to get vaccinated. I know the flu is a problem every year but I don’t remember hearing about it nearly as much as we have this year. Then, there is the Zika virus. I haven’t heard of cases in our area but I know the health mister has had people going door to door to educate people on mosquito control and inspect yards for standing water. I don’t keep up with the news so I’m not a reliable source for anything, but even I have been hearing about all this.
Other than that, my neighbors are adding on a bathroom and bedroom since the daughter and grandson are now living in the house, along with mom and the son in a 2 bedroom. There is a lot of banging and sawing going on but they seems to be making fast progress. Band practice is currently going on in our living room as wel. My neighbor who doesn’t like noise probably isn’t too happy, though she swears she enjoys the music.
I have been woken up more than usual by birds chirping early in the morning. They sound like wrens but when I come outside I never see them. Today I realized it sounded like they were coming from inside the house. After some investigating I caught a wren coming in through a small hole under the roof on the back side of the house. Apparently they are nesting in the attic. Mom probably gets up every morning to feed the babies, who get all excited and wake me up. When they leave the nest we’ll plug up the hole and encourage them to raise the next brood elsewhere.
Life goes on in Panama!