Saturday, May 11, 2013

Travel to Panama, Part 2

I’ve continued to make greeting cards since starting this project in March, and will have some neat ones to show next week. This has been a great learning experience for me, and while it’s been fun, and I intend to complete the 52 week challenge, I am beginning to think that a card making business may not be for me. I’m not a perfectionist, and it seems to me that if you are going to sell a card for $4+, it had better be perfect, unless you are an original artist painting a unique work.I've had a great time making beautiful cards that aren't perfect!
After our short stays in Panama City and Isla Contadora, we headed inland to Canopy Lodge in El Valle. We had never been on a bird watching vacation, but we like to spend time in nature, and this seemed like a good way to do so. The butterfly is nibbling (or however they eat!) a banana on a raised mesh tray, which also attracted many birds.
We went on morning and afternoon hikes, at quite a rigorous pace. We saw many amazing hummingbirds, sloths, toucans, and vast checklists of other birds including a common potoo! The food was terrific, and we didn’t mind family style dining with other adventuresome tourists.
We would recommend Panama as a vacation destination. You don't have to speak Spanish, but it will make your travel experience better if you do, even minimally. The hotel shuttle offered to bring us a short distance to the Panama Canal for $25, but we knew from Trip Advisor that this was too much from the city. We took a taxi after negotiating the fare: us "buenos dias, cuanto cuesto al Canal?" driver: "ciento" ($100) us: "dies" ($10) driver: "si" (yes)
After more greeting card posts later this month, I'll do a combination travel and card blog by showing photo cards from another trip!

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