FC: Greg Fasold Global Studies Peace Corps Project 2011
1: Advanced building technology Modern transportation Systems (Highway Systems/Train Tracks) (Trains, Buses, Cars)
2: Dear Dad, My self and my partner just arrived in Panama City! This place is amazing! The skyline is more scenic than Philadelphia’s. Coming over here I expected most of Panama to be behind the United States in terms of technology in building and in transportation. But if I do say so myself, rush hour here is a lot more hectic than in Philadelphia or even Washington D.C. I find it truly incredible the amount of cars, buses, and even trains around. Walking in down town Panama City you can really take a look at the beautiful architecture of some of these high rises. I really didn’t know that they were this advanced over here. Not only is their architecture and transportation technology advanced, but so far I have seen computers and laptops in every coffee shop I have been. These wonderful people know what they’re doing. They are definitely on the ball. So back to the pollution issue I was talking about in my previous letter. As you can guess, the pollution with all of these cars, trucks, trains, and factories is as bad as back home. I’ll right to you again soon. Sincerely, Greg Fasold
4: Many parts of Panama are not as advanced or as lucky as others. Some families make the most of what they have as they live in poverty as shown above.
5: Soil erosion and air pollution are two of the significant environmental problems seen in Panama.
6: Builders Threaten Panama's Forests Some 27 hectares of land in the former "canal zone" have already been sold, with a further 100 hectares demarcated and awaiting the highest bidder. The forests in Panama are rapidly vanishing as builders move in and illegally put in developments. This is a huge environmental issue for the country.
7: Dear Dad, My experience so far as a peace corps worker has been extraordinary. I haven't really moved in to the big cities and population yet though. Myself and my partner have been exploring the forests and wildland that surround the famous panama canal. We have seen the canal itself too. It's huge! It’s hard to believe people dug this out with shovels! Anyways I need to mention that some of the environmental issues I have seen here are sad. On the outskirts of the forests and even in some of the forests soil erosion has presented itself as a significant problem. Part of the problem I believe is that some parts of these lands get an enormous ammount of rain, where other parts get hardly any. And when all of that extra water runs down onto this dry land it eats away at it. Another problem that has infuriated me is that there are a ton of builders that are coming into these majestic forests and just destroying them for their own profit. And they’re not even allowed to do it. It’s illegal! Why can’t they get their wood from somewhere else? Like I said, I havn’t been into the big city yet so I don’t know how the environmental issues out there, but I will right back to you as soon as I get there. Sincerely, Greg Fasold
8: Panama's flag flying high. The flag's colors represent the two political parties. (Liberals=Red/Conservatives=blue) The two stars represent the country's loyalty and resilience. | Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli
9: Historic Panamanian currency dated back to the early 1500's
10: The two ancient artifacts seen here include an extremely old fire pit dating back to before 1300 and an old piece of jewelry worn by wealthy Panamanian women more than 300 years ago.
11: Above is an extremely old and specifically designed piece of pottery used to hold food. The picture to the left is an old war helmet worn by Panamanian soldiers back around the time of the Revolutionary War.
12: OFFICIAL DOCUMENT#1-Autoridad del Canal de Panama (ACP) is the agency of the government of Panama responsible for the operation and management of the Panama Canal. It is established under Title XIV of the National Constitution, and has exclusive charge of the management, administration, maintenance, preservation, operation and modernization of the canal. ACP operates it business through eight reportable segments namely, Traffic, Full Container Vessels, Reefer Vessels, Tanker, Drybulk carrier, Vehicle Carriers, Passenger Vessels and other Maritime Services. It is responsible for the assurance of the electricity energy supply required for operating the Canal. The reliability is achieved through a system of continuous maintenance of hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants, power distribution systems, transmission lines, substations and repair of electrical equipment. ACP is headquartered in Balboa, Panama.
13: OFFICIAL DOCUMENT#2- (PANAMA CANAL CONVENTION) When Colombia refused to allow the United States to build a canal across the Panama isthmus, in 1903, the US intervened to dissect Panama from the rest of Columbia, set up the Republic of Panama, and established the following convention.For the Construction of a Ship Canal to Connect the Waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Signed at Washington, November 18, 1903. Ratification advised by the Senate, February 23, 1904. Ratified by the President, February 25, 1904. Ratified by Panama, December 2, 1903. Ratifications exchanged at Washington, February 26, 1904. Proclaimed, February 26, 1904.
14: Dear Dad, This is my last week in Panama and I’m going to make it count. This week I’m going to try and visit some of the famous museums and institutes around here. From what I’ve heard they contain some artifacts that date back to before the Revolutionary War. That’s incredible! In the one village we visited outside of Panama City I met an elderly women and she showed me some her old pots and pottery. And when I say old, I mean ancient. She said these items had been passed down for generations. I also found it quite incredible how well preserved these artifacts were. In America people usually don’t preserve their old artifacts or items that well. We usually just throw them in our attic or basement and forget about them. She actually still used some of her pots for cooking. The sites I’ve seen, the people I’ve been able to meet and help, and being exposed to this truly amazing culture has changed me as a person in a positive way. This experience will always stay with me for the rest of my life. I will see you in a week! Sincerely, Greg Fasold
15: Works Cited Double Pendant Panama Veraguas Culture 11th-16th Century Cast Gold. N.d. Flickr Creative Commons. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.
16: Panama City. N.d. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011.
17: Sitio Barriles, Volcán, Chiriquí, Panamá, Centroamérica. N.d. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.