Nuestro Vecino Roberto (our neighbor)

It seems like we are always meeting someone new and interesting in the neighborhood. One evening we went down the street across from the entrance to our area. There is a field there and we thought it would be a good place to get a photo or two of a sunset. Roberto lives in the last house and came out to see what we were doing, and we’ve been friends ever since.


We had a lot of fun visiting Roberto! He has a farm elsewhere, but he recently bought two calves and said they were going to stay at his house until they were big enough to live on the farm. He also had chickens and baby chicks, which he was keeping in boxes at the time. I’ve seen them later in the yard, so maybe he doesn’t let them out until they are big enough to fend for themselves better.


This picture below is my favorite. One day when I was heading out on my bicycle, I saw the calves playing in the street, running up and down, and chasing each other. They headed back to their yard when they saw me approaching, but I caught them with my camera before they made it.



This is such an interesting place to live! We are within the city limits, minutes from the Pan-American Highway and a major shopping area.  There are chickens and dogs everywhere, and an occasional cow, cat, or horse. No one seems to fuss about anything. Neighbors relax outside, kids play in the streets, dogs roam free, and you can park anywhere you want. People don’t sweat the small stuff, and just adjust to whatever goes on.  It’s hard to explain in words but it’s easy to feel that it’s different here, and it’s good.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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13 Responses to Nuestro Vecino Roberto (our neighbor)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those look like game cocks!


  2. indacampo says:

    LOL! At least one of the people just off Calle Principal has a little calf in their yard right now keeping the chickies company. And I thought you didn’t have vaca on your street!


    • Kris says:

      Not on my street (our little dead end street of 6 houses) But, we have vaca in the neighborhood, and a few horses. My favorite was the vaca munching on one end of the soccer field while they had a game going on at the other end.


  3. traveller says:

    That must be lovely. I like the city-country hybrid you can still find in some places. Not many. You are lucky to be living in such a free, laid-back community.


  4. oldsalt1942 says:

    Contrary to what most books say, that the Harpy Eagle is the national bird of Panama. It’s NOT!! The national bird of Panama is the chicken, hands down. And when it comes to game cocks, my neighbor is a leader with 40 (FORTY) of them.


    • Kris says:

      I remember your neighbor, and all the crowing coming from his place! I could even hear it on your videos of your river.


  5. plaridel says:

    it must be quite a big change to a life that you’ve been accustomed to. I admire your courage.


    • Kris says:

      I’m not fluent in Spanish so communication is sometimes a challenge, but otherwise it’s actually much easier to live here. The people are so friendly and life is much more relaxed. I hope you have such an opportunity sometime in your future too 🙂


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  7. Kris, all I can say is keep riding your bike! You find the most interesting pictures. I love them all. 🙂


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