This will be my last post. My summer of traveling and internships has come to an end. It has gone by so insanely fast I almost can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow. I remember the day I left the Portland International airport so clearly. This has been an amazing summer, one I will never forget. I have learned so many things and met so many wonderful people. I am so grateful that I was able to afford to have these experiences. Not only have I gained a lot of experience and knowledge to put on a resume, but I have also grown as a person. Due to this summer I am more confident in my self. I guess traveling alone to foreign countries will do that to a person.
I got two very different experiences from my two internships. In Puerto Rico I worked with sea turtles and walk the beaches everyday. But besides working with different species there were some other distinct differences. My internship in Puerto Rico was a very social one. I met a lot of people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life. We went out a lot and I got to see a lot of the island. It was like an internship and vacation in one.
In Panama I worked with monkeys and lived in the jungle. The living conditions were very rustic compared to Puerto Rico. I only went into town once a week and only had access to the internet once a week as well. Almost everything out here can hurt you in some way. There some things I am going to miss about Panama like the fresh fruit, the gorgeous sunrises, the baby monkeys, the big monkeys, grooming Ace, and how peaceful and beautiful it is here. Some things I am not going to miss are getting eaten alive by insects, the over an hour ride into the city, waking up at 5:30am, the many, many spiders, and washing my clothes in a bucket.
t’s been an amazing summer.