Today, my fellow glimpser and I started off our fourth day in Panama by waking up at 7:30 in the morning and getting ready for a typical Panamanian breakfast of chorizo’s and tortillas. After breakfast, we started our activities for the day by walking down to Roberto Villanueva’s house, who is an artistic craftsman known for his carnival outfits and decorations. Roberto was kind enough to give us a presentation on how he began his work, what he enjoys as well as the entire history of carnival. Many of the glimpsers got the opportunity to wear a headpiece that was worn this year by Las Tablas 2019 Reina. We were able to learn about the history and importance of carnival to the people of Las Tablas

What surprised me the most today was when Roberto broke down the entire cost of being the reina (queen) for carnival, which cost up to $500.000 for just one queen. This surprised me as well as many others, because this amount of money is spent every year by two separate girls in order to represent their town. Carnival is not seen very often in the United States so it was eye-opening to see the role and the impact it has on everyone in the town.

During the day, my fellow glimpsers and I were able to get a lot of things done and accomplished a lot as a group. I was mostly proud of the those who helped out during every mealtime throughout the day. They made it easier on the staff and made the mealtimes go a lot faster.

Today, we were able to meet Roberto Villanueva, a very talented craftsman who makes carnival outfits. He is very inspiring because he takes pride in his work and works very hard on each carnival outfit and float. He worked his way up from helping with the floats while his sister was a princess to manning a 15-man crew now.

Today was the first day of the glimpsers actually being Lider Del Dia . Lesley and I were the first to take on the challenge. It was difficult but rewarding at the same time. The most fun part was being the person our fellow glimpsers turned too. The most difficult part was taking on the challenge of having to be in charge and waking up early.