Greetings from Nata in central Panama! It's been another eventful week, this time with some minor surgury in a town called La Chorrero. For 2 months I've been trying to walk with a wounded big toe. The wound struggled to heal & over the past month it had resulted in an in-grown nail. I was in a lot of pain every step! I was dreading having to see a doctor as cost is a major issue for me, but I'm still gob-smacked at what eventuated. I meet Padre Jose, who, struggling to understand my poor Spanish, took me to his English speaking friend. On the way over I managed to communicate to him that my foot was badly injured. Incredibly, his friend was a doctor & the Padre was quick to ask for help on my behalf. By the time I left La Chorrero some 24 hours later I'd had an initial consultation, 30min surgery to remove the nail and part of the wound, a follow-up consultation at which I received a pack of supplies to keep me walking & healing and a night in the towns best hotel to rest up - ALL at the expense of the good (or should i say great) Dr Rolando and his wife Dalia. It was his contribution to the mission! Now there's a model of Christianity if I've ever seen it. Ask & you shall receive and don't worry about the cost, it's all pre-paid! i couldn't believe their generosity. I've now covered over 100km with my new improved toe & I'm thoroughly enjoying the change-up. The wet season is fast approaching here with the first big storm rolling through last night so that should make the next few months interesting. My 1st pair of boots are nearly worn through & my hopes of having them re-soled were dashed when I discovered that South & Central American stores don't stock size 16 soles. Nor do they stock size 16 boots. So in the end I emailed Paddy Pallin (adventure store) in Australia & they are sending a brand new pair of Scarpa's across sometime over the next few weeks. Thank you James McQeen! That's all from here for now. Remember, it's all pre-paid - please pray for unity! And no, I haven't yet found a restaraunt to spend my 40cents at... Ciao, Samo.
ps: I had a ball reading the comments / names on the last entry. Great to hear from everyone! God bless.