Had the first day of class. Most of the time the students from the United States spent time getting to know the students from Panama. After everyone was acquainted, we went over some basic concepts that have to do with conflict. The idea is that the novel we read for the course has a great deal of intercultural conflict in it, so introducing some theories of intercultural conflict to use when reading the book makes sense.
After class, we had an open afternoon. The original plan was to go to the Gamboa Rain Forrest, but there is some maintenance being done at the moment, so we postponed this excursion until later in the trip. But it worked out okay because it gave everyone a little more time to get acclimated.