Mudbath wallow in a hammock

To Re-charge: to revive or restore energy, stamina, enthusiasm, etc.
I have to say that it has been a long, hard winter so (immediately) after selling our home we booked a one-week vacation to Panama. We had never been there before and it hadn’t really been on our “must-see” list, but it was available last-minute at a good price so we thought we would try it. I was pleasantly surprised by the country of 3.5 million people. Unlike many vacation destinations, their economy has been growing by leaps and bounds since they became a republic. The entire country’s water system is filtered, so there is no problem eating raw fruit or vegetables or drinking the tap water. We had a truly relaxing time and I certainly managed to recharge my batteries. It is so important to do that once in a while and if you can get away to do so, then so much the better. I know that for me, if I am home there is never really a rest time, because there is always something to do, something that needs doing or something that comes up. Even if you don’t get to the chore, just the thought of it hangs around your neck like an albatross. If you can manage to get away I highly recommend that you do so, because you can then allow yourself to forget about all that “needs to be done” and……do nothing! Then you get to be a bit of a sloth. I know it sounds bad and self-indulgent but it is truly important to have a rest. Even if you can’t get away then try to do something completely different once in a while. Change up your schedule, give yourself a “Spa-Day” by doing a facial and pedicure, leave the baby at home with a caregiver and go into the countryside for a hike or just curl up with a good book and refuse to do a single chore!
In Panama we rented a car and went into the Anton valley, which is a gorgeous rain-foresty kind of valley. We went to the natural hot springs there and had a lovely mud bath followed by relaxing in a hammock while the mud dries and then bathing in the hot springs which are full of healing minerals. Heavenly! Cost? $2.25 per person! Unbelievable! (correct change only) My skin felt so wonderful afterwards. I also indulged in a therapeutic massage on the beach. With the ocean surf sounds and the breeze and my wonderful massage therapist who managed to get all the knots out of my shoulders for the first time in years, it just felt heavenly. Now I am all re-charged and ready to go!


beach massage. Aaah, heavenly!





Corotu tree at night time. Magical!



A peacock just wandering around. They squawk really loudly!



orchids grow abundantly in the tropical atmosphere




An absolutely gargantuan Corotu tree (Enterolobium cyclocarpum)




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