After our 3 or 4 days of vacation, we loaded up 2 boats and headed to Bastimentos Island, bound for “La Loma,” a beautiful eco-lodge owned by 2 fabulous Pitzer alum, Henry and Margaret, as well as their 5 year old son. “La Loma” in English means “the hill”. The lodge is built on a hill and consists of 4 main cabanas built into the trees, as well as the main cabana where the kitchen/restaurant are located. Henry and Margaret have created an incredible oasis away from the town and built with nature instead of against it. They have a farm that they run within La Loma with cacao plants, chickens as well as other produce.
the main lodge
our lodge, curtains down prepared for rain
Getting to know Henry and Margaret was so great. They are such a fun pair to know and it was soo cool that they were Pitzer alum. Perhaps even more cool was that they have made such a wonderful life for themselves and their son and it has very little to do with either of their majors. It is so nice to know that even after graduating college with a major and somewhat of a plan, you can change it at nearly any time and make an incredible life.
It was also at La Loma that we started class in Panama with Cheryl Baduini. She was such a fun professor to work with. We started by testing water quality in various places within La Loma.
testing the water quality
the local preschool helping us out
We also went to the beach to play after class… rough life we had.
On our last day based in La Loma, we toured the school where Henry and Margaret’s son attends, toured the nearby Mangroves and tested the water quality and finally hiked/swam through a bat cave. What a wild experience!
This school has areas for teaching Kindergarten through 9th grade. It is humbling to see this school in comparison to those I have had the privilege of attending.
Boating through the Mangroves
if you look in the top left corner, you can see a jellyfish
headed into the cave