January 31, 2006

Dock Ants and Turkles - Bocas English

Any idea what a "dock ant" might be? As in "De dock ants dem ya eat de ud plenty."? Well, something that looks like an ant and walks around your dock and eats wood.  A termite! This is just... Read more...

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November 01, 2005

Cooking Appliances made of Mud

Building a Lorena Stove Zoe Sylvester & Andy McNamara We spent a week at Ulrich's Native Species Reforestation as part of the WWOOF program (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms - www.wwoof.org), whereby volunteers can exchange their labor for... Read more...

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August 22, 2005

Buliding a Cayuco and pushing it to da sea

After out first attempt to obtain a large cayuco failed, we heard from Ricardo that there was a half-finished cayuco about to start rotting away in the jungle near Loma Estrella. I hate waste of resources, so this sounded quite... Read more...

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August 02, 2005

School in Tierra Oscura

The elementary school in Tierra Oscura is located about 7 miles from Almirante, and 8 miles from Bocas. Access by land is only possible on foot, and it is a long hike to the road. There is no regularly schedule... Read more...

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November 09, 2002

Abraham's Medicine (and the Chainsaw Massacre that almost followed)

The following is an excerpt from Eric's diary on the events around Ab's departure. Before we get into it, I should mention a few things: In contrast to most other people in Bocas, Ab has never lied to me. He... Read more...

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August 02, 2002

Making Lumber with a Chainsaw

Much of the lumber we use around the farm is made locally, from trees that have fallen, or are dying.  Many of the Laurel trees have been damaged by years of cows walking on their roots; the root damage... Read more...

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