Learning as I go
22.01.2017 - 27.02.2017 29 °C
I’m on the bus at the moment heading to Panama City. By the time I get there at around 5pm it’ll have been 2 full days of traveling. I left my accommodation yesterday morning at 8am, took a taxi to catch a 90 minute bus to cross the border (from Costa Rica to Panama), then I caught a 30 minute bus to catch a 5 hour mini van to get to David. This morning I caught another bus, which will take around 8 hours. This is traveling! There are a lot of buses and a lot of waiting. I could; of course, fly but where is the fun in that? I LOVE over~landing it as there is always so much to see: the gorgeous & sometimes surprising scenery, or the man I saw this morning who appeared to be taking his 2 beautiful green and orange birds for a walk across the road or children playing on the backs of water buffalo or 2 little old ladies laughing their hearts out as they walk down the road or a toddlers face that lights up with delight when she sees her grandparents climb off the bus in the middle of nowhere, or the little old lady wearing a bright pink t-shirt that says BE AWESOME on it or a glimpse of a father dancing with his baby, both unaware that I’m getting a glimpse into their world or one lonesome beautiful tree filled with the brightest yellow flowers on a landscape of brown.
I love taking local buses so that I can briefly experience life the way the locals do. I think that is one of the main reasons I travel. To experience life in another country, they way they do. Of course it’s not fully being a local but I’m getting a little glimpse into their lives, which I love!
Also, I think that traveling has made me incredibly patient and a whole lot more relaxed… and tolerant! When I am on the road a LOT of things are out of my control so I have to be PATIENT and just go with the flow. A bus that they have told me will take 24 hours but turns into 38 hours with nobody speaking English can be challenging and incredibly frustrating especially when you have another bus to catch after that but there really is absolutely no point in throwing your toys because you will not get there any faster and so you sit back, enjoy the view and trust that you will arrive when you are meant to and I always do!
Maybe I need my head read or something but I think maybe this is why my heart was SO restless while working at the Rescue Centre. It was seriously amazing to work with the monkeys and sloths and raccoons and Tami the anteater and and and but there was still too much structure. I still had to get up at a set time to get to work on time and I still worked an 8 hour day and got home exhausted every day. Then to bed at a silly early hour to get up at the same time the next day and do the same thing over again. It was an incredible experience and I will cherish it forever but my heart longs for the wild~ness of undiscovered places and to push myself out of my comfort zone by meeting new people whose names I can barely pronounce and trying to figure out at least a few words from a foreign language… haha.. always a challenge for me :P
I met a lot of people from all around the world at the Rescue Centre. Some I didn’t particularly like but most people were lovely. I think everyone is just trying to fit in and live life in a meaningful way where they are making a difference in the world, no matter how small.
I inevitably meet amazing people along the way and I always learn something from them, either about life or some realisation about myself and hope that I at least in some teeny tiny way inspire or leave happy memories on the hearts of everyone I meet.
Be your most AWESOME selves, my beautiful friends and be HAPPY!
- **And almost just to prove to myself what I was saying about taking local transport, I must just share what happened once I got to Panama City the day before yesterday. After an 8 hour bus I then had to figure out how to get to my hostel. I had a vague idea but kinda figured it would be easier to just get a cab. I asked a cab driver and he told me $10 (to go less than 3km’s down the road) No Ways!! .. So I decided, as hot and tired as I was that I would try to figure out where I catch the local bus and once again it worked out for the best, as it always does. I eventually found the bus, but then the bus driver had no idea where I needed to go but thankfully a gentleman behind me understood and explained to him. But then I realised that I actually needed a card to get through the turnstile onto the bus but the lovely gentleman swiped his card to let me though and so not only did I get to my hostel safely but also for FREE! So sometimes when we think the simplest way is the best way, actually if we just have a little faith and trust in ourselves as well as the process of life we come out so much better on the other side.
Which reminds me of one of my favourite quotes by Winnie the Pooh:
Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & LOVED more than you know..
Sending big love to all of you, my amazing friends.