The afternoon tropical rains during this season are hard to describe; the rain isn’t a gentle drenching, but a hard force of nature. Rain pounded on the metal roof of the Hospital Arnulfo Arias Madrid, obscured our view of the city, and filled the corridors where we were waiting with an impressive roar. The rain hit the metal so hard water bounced back up.
Curiously, Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid was President of Panama for 11 days in 1968, while I was here with the Peace Corps. He was deposed by General Omar Torrijos, but retains the love of the Panamanian people. Like Juan and Eva Pero in Argentina, many things in Panama are named in honor of Arias.