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Halfway Through Panama

How quickly the time has gone! We've been here for a month now, and it will already be hard to go.

We went to Mireya's for lunch today and Mireya said (in Spanish), "Oh good! I was thinking you left the country already!"

She seemed happy that we were here for another month and we talked about our trip to Las Tablas. I don't want to talk much about the Great Panamanian Road Trip of 2008, since Todd is writing a post about it and I'm making a video about it (check back this weekend), but I will say this - it was great!

Tsunami sirens

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Yesterday morning me and Genevieve ( aka, da snoogums) were lounging about on the living room floor when the tsunami broadcast system came on. Unfortunately we now live in a town that is equipped with loudspeaker/air raid siren that broadcasts a warning should a big earthquake hit ( alaska lies along that major pacific fault line notorious for rattling california ) that the tsunami is coming... The broadcast typically comes on every wednesday morning, clear and loud throughout the town, stating

- This is a test of the tsunami warning system... this is only a test... in the case of a real tsunami... tune in to your local radio station...

And then there is a loud beep and it is all over. But yesterday morning... it wasn't a test... as soon as the first loud beep came i got a weird feeling in my stomach... and then the dreaded words


holy crap I thought to myself....running down to wake up Molly. She had the experience of the blankets getting ripped off and hearing the words

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