In the Mouths of the Bull

Last Monday, I hopped on a bus and rode nine hours to Bocas del Toro, a set of islands in the Caribbean Sea, in the northwest corner of Panama.

bocas map

I had three goals: 1) report for a short piece I’m writing, 2) make contacts for a future long-term stay in the region, and 3) enjoy lots of sun and beach. I’m happy to say I accomplished all three. Photos below.

Sloth in a cacao tree at Up in the Hill Farm on Isla Bastimentos

Sloth in a cacao tree at Up in the Hill Farm on Isla Bastimentos

Cabin on property of Up in the HIll Farm on Isla Bastimentos

Cabin on property of Up in the HIll Farm on Isla Bastimentos

Burbujas, or Bubbles, cat of Up in the Hill farm

Burbujas, or Bubbles, cat of Up in the Hill farm

Up in the HIll's owner has an art studio on the farm's property

Up in the HIll’s owner has an art studio on the farm’s property

Up in the HIll's cacao trees begin as seedlings in recycled milk cartons

Up in the HIll’s cacao trees begin as seedlings in recycled milk cartons

A hummingbird nest (!) at Up in the HIll Farm

A hummingbird nest (!) at Up in the HIll Farm

Foreign and local inhabitants of Isla Bastimentos seem to co-exist more symbiotically than on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro.

Foreign and local inhabitants of Isla Bastimentos seem to co-exist more symbiotically than on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro.

Almirante on the water

Almirante on the water

Formerly a major port for the United Banana Company in Almirante, Bocas del Toro

Formerly a major port for the United Banana Company in Almirante, Bocas del Toro

United Banana Company housing was often in the style of homes in the Caribbean

United Banana Company housing was often in the style of homes in the Caribbean

Almirante, Bocas del Toro, getting ready for Carnaval

Almirante, Bocas del Toro, getting ready for Carnaval

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