So, you think you can go chill out at the beach?

We had good intentions. We bought an OfertaSimple deal (like Groupon) for a night at  La Barqueta, the Las Olas Beach Resort. Some time to chill out and enjoy the beach sounded like a very good idea.

We were here less than a hour. There is only one internet cable in the room so Joel connected to it, and I went pool side to use the free WiFi. First, he learns that an offer has come in for his mother’s condo in Florida, which has been on the market for too long. While he is in the room dealing with all that, I get a message from my daughter.

Pongo was my dog, a wonderful Jack Russell full of personality, intelligence, love, energy, and a bit of the devil. But, he is blind, diabetic, and on insulin. I was so thrilled when a neighbor volunteered to take him. I know he has a very good life with her. She doesn’t have any money to spare though so I cover his expenses from afar. Apparently Pongo landed in the emergency vet with an insulin reaction. When they couldn’t reach me, they called my daughter who authorized his care until she could get through to me.

How quickly we forget about US holidays. We’re cooling down in the rainy season here, so how can it be the height of summer somewhere else? Everything in the US closed early today because tomorrow is July 4th up there. Pongo is covered at our regular vet, but they went home at noon. But, all is well now. He is doing fine, and I spoke with the emergency vet office and everything is straightened out.

I see Joel emerging from the room with a smile, so maybe we can start our vacation now. At least the sun is lower so I won’t get so sunburned 😀

hasta luego! (until later)

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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14 Responses to So, you think you can go chill out at the beach?

  1. i think i visited that place when it first opened – was it a barcelo? in the dining room was a print of a painting by piere august cox of a couple in a swing.. it’s called ‘springtime.’… of course the art might be gone, but i think that must be the same property. pictures, i want pictures!!!!

    i hope the rest of your mini vacation goes well!


    • Kris says:

      There will be pictures! I will keep my eye out for the print too. I’m not sure what a barcelo is though. There isn’t much out here, some big houses, a bunch of condos and this place so it could well be the place you are thinking of.


      • Barb and I were on the 72 exit out of CR and stayed in Boquete.. On the last day, we looked at a map which showed ‘lodging’ out in that direction. We hired a taxi to take us to the beach. He drove up to the all-inclusive Barcelo and we laughed and said, ‘No.. We need something cheaper..’ He stared at us and said this was it.. the only choice… The hotel had just opened, and they gave us a really good deal, as there were few people there. We walked way down the beach and sure enough, there was nothing else out there! We still laugh about that trip!


  2. sunnymikkel says:

    Have a chill out evening and morning. We stayed at Las Olas last January when we were visiting David and Boquete on our 10 day whirlwind visit everywhere we had not been yet tour of Panama.
    If you need anything in the evening and Benny is on duty, he is your “guy!”
    Congrats on the sale of the house in Florida and we will be praying for the recovery of your dog, they are like children, once you have them.
    BTW, 28 days until we are on our way to Panama to join you and all the other expats enjoying the comforts of the relaxing expat life.


    • Kris says:

      Thank you! All is well, things settled down, and we are chillin. You’re not counting the days or anything, are you? 😀


  3. cindy knoke says:

    I love Jack Russels. So glad he is okay and yes, hope your vacation starts NOW! Cheers~


  4. indacampo says:

    Have a great get away Kris. And Happy Fourth! 🙂


  5. Anonymous says:

    Good to know, sorry about your dog. We are staying at los Olas for 2 nights when we come in Sept.


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