We have really nice neighbors here. Everyone knows everyone, and they are all very friendly. I felt like family within a week of getting here. Today though, I really got to see how things work here.
The “stuff” arrived today, the boxes and household items from the US. We were expecting them about 4-5 PM so we thought nothing of going off for our noon tennis game. On the way home, the phone rang. “We are at your house!”
They had to wait about 10 minutes for us to arrive. The guy in charge told me that while they were waiting, every neighbor on the street came out to see what was going on and to ask him what he was doing there! We may be the gringos and the newbies on the street, but we seem to be very much a part of the neighborhood. It feels very nice.
Now we have a bunch of stuff to unpack. Not much of it is mine, but I will be glad to have a few more clothes to add to the few I brought in my suitcase, and I’m looking forward to finding the tripod for the camera.
I’m cracking up seeing what Zemanta suggests I include with this post!
Oh Boy!! What an exciting day! Now it’s time to begin the official ‘Nesting’! Have fun unpacking . It’s so nice to feel so welcomed in your new neighborhood , it warms my heart to hear it. Cheers!
I’m unpacked! It’s nice to have some different clothes. The rest was books and odds and ends, nothing major. The rest of the family will be busy for a while though 😀
I’ve been here 3 months now so I have felt very nested for quite a while. I was surprised at how little time it took for this to feel like home.
Isn’t it nice?? We lived in a very small village(Chana, IL) when the kids were little. Maybe 125 people total. We NEVER locked our doors, if someone drove into our driveway if the neighbors didn’t recognize the car as familiar, they would write down the license number. They would call if they saw something my children were doing that might be dangerous(I had 2 boys) and it was never in a gossipy sort of way. That is what I call a community, were you watch out for one another. Just outside of town once, during harvest season, the neighbors saw a black van pulled up to a farmer’s home. Called the sheriff and caught a professional team of robbers from Chicago. They come out during the harvest season and clean out homes of local farmers.
I love reading all about your adventure, wish I could do it!
You could do it! Put your summer clothes in a suitcase, buy an airline ticket….
LOL! I get it. I think the links have some form of neighbor in them. There’s some “different” stuff in there. Do you have the feeling like “Now I’m really committed to being here.” As opposed to being ready to be committed…as in loco some day?
Really? Is WordPress having some sort of hiccups?
If I don’t feel committed to being here, I can think about going back to the US. Ha! that takes about 2 seconds to evaluate.. nope, no way. I’ll stay here thank you very much. I think I was committed from the start. The process made me need to be committed, as in loco, at times! But, we made it, and it was worth it and then some 🙂
Neighbours make your community and so glad you seem to have very nice thoughtful ones! Just wonderin’ – how long did your shipment take to arrive and how was the experience?
We used Nobel from Miami. We were told it would take a month, more or less. But, we were working on the pensionado paperwork so they held our stuff for a month to give us time to get that done. Then, it was maybe another week on this end while they figured out what to do with us because it still wasn’t done (I didn’t think it would be. This is Panama, things take time) So, altogether it was more like 2 1/2 months but we were very happy. I wasn’t there for the packing up but my husband said they were very good. Here, they were also very professional and took very good care of us. They even sent a manager who spoke very good English.