Posted by: thebradfordfamily | November 17, 2009

Another Exciting Week in Bocas

Yesterday was Bocas Del Toro Day. I kid-you-not more than 75 marching bands from all over the province of Bocas and even from Costa Rica arrived yesterday to parade through the streets of town. The parade started at 9:00a.m. and went continuously until 6:00p.m. Because the kids had school, but nothing else was really open I managed to see almost the entire thing (once I got an hour into it I could have stopped there, but what else are you going to do). Although each band wore different uniforms they were all pretty much the same – girls with batons and sassy little marches followed by boys with all kinds of drums and lots of machismo. Not a wind instrument to be seen. It is raining here today which seems appropriate to wash the pounding and the garbage away.

Picture does not fit this post but I like it because over the weekend a local kid revealed to us that 5 out of the 6 jellyfish we see are moon fish, the kind that don’t sting. Isla really got a kick out of feeling these rubbery, slimy guys – Zach would have nothing to do with it.



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