After some rest and getting acquainted with our immediate surroundings, Saturday was for going to town. We had a great breakfast and met a new friend who loves to go biking, so it didn’t take us any time to make plans to go riding together. Then, we walked around town a little so I know where to find anything I need.
We woke up to the beautiful scene of horses on the beach
These horses seem to just wander freely around the area.
Taking the calf for a walk?
Another interesting tree
A pig in the street. It may have been the first I saw, but it certainly wasn’t the last!
Ladies doing their washing on one of the platforms out in the lake, with their little boy swimming nearby.
The pretty road to town
Another lady doing the washing
The fishermen got washed out in a flood so they rebuilt here. At first they were shacks of salvaged materials but now they are starting to build more sturdy structures with block.
Government assisted housing for those unable to afford anyplace to live
Just a photo of the mountains in the distance
A very basic shack at the edge of the fishermen’s area. There are construction materials for the nearby road in front.
They are paving one of the roads to town.
It is interesting that everyone just walks through the construction area, dodging the workmen, tools, and any wet cement
Deb and Ron know someone who rents this house for $30/month
Another little house on the way to town
More local houses
We passed this church on our way into town
This is a motorcycle taxi. Very fun! We have the number for a driver if we need someone
Everyone in the truck!
Taking lunch around in a cart
This guy is preparing bags of mango slices
Colorful steps at the end of the main street
Another of the busier streets in town
We will have to try one of these watermelons
A peek into one of the many little shops downtown. I need to find this one again and look at those bottles of sauces on the bottom shelf
The new supermarket
Horses are also used as basic transportation
Every day I seem to come back with a lot of pictures. There is always something new, interesting, beautiful, or all of the above. Maybe a time will come when I have “seen it all” but I don’t see that happening while we are here, so there will be more photos coming!
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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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I love all the colors!! Not so sure about the pig but the rest was great! LOL
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! The pigs though, I am learning they are everywhere along with the cows, horses, and chickens
We’ve talked about this before, but when I look at the shacks there, and some of the primitive habitations in the mountains here in Chiriqui, I can’t help but think that the people living in them are better off, by far, than the homeless back in the States.
I would choose this over homeless in the US in an instant.
Thanks so much for the side trip, so to speak, from Panama, I’m sure I speak for almost all of your followers, we are all excited about your next three weeks of your blog. I’ve Googled Maps for the island you are one, looks like there are two Volcanoes.
So, who’s watching for the snakes around your David home…LOL
Yes, one dormant volcano and one active, which I understand can put out an occasional puff of smoke.
Oh dear, the snakes. It’s so quiet at the house that they have probably all moved in!
Kris, I hope you love your time there! Mark and i spent a month there in March of 2012, and it was an Adventure! The house we rented ( for 170 a month) wasn’t as nicely equipped as Debbie’s , so we didnt have water much – maybe 50% of the time. But, were lucky to be able to meet Debbie and Ron ( and were mortified a week later when we saw Ron in managua and didn’t recognize him!), enjoyed Ojo de Aquq ( I would have gone daily if it were closer), and loved our visit to a resort on the other side of the island. We also had a couple of memorable escapades with a rented bike and missing the last bus from the other side of the island. Phew. It’s not David, thats for sure, but there’s plenty to do! I’m looking forward to reading about your time there!
No, it isn’t David but I am trying to decide if I miss the shopping center and the traffic and all the city stuff. So far that would be a definite no. We just rented bikes yesterday so we will be exploring and Ojo de Agua is high on the list. We love Deb and Ron’s house, great place for a home base! Thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well with you 🙂
While in Cambutal (Panama) on our way to and from Isla Canas, we drove over Ojo de Agua! Funny to ready you would be exploring this water in Nicaragua! Love reading about your adventures there!
In Panama? Maybe we need to check out that too. Thanks, glad me you are enjoying the posts. I need to get caught up with YOU too!
Yes, in Panama! If you ever want to fish and see this part of Panama (Cambutal), I will connect you and Joel with very lovely friends! And we are in Boquete Oct 20th…perhaps we can meet up that week?
I don’t know a thing about fishing but I am always up for exploring new areas. We should be around in Oct so definitely keep in touch. It will be great to meet you in person!
Love your posts and pictures! What were those fully-clothed women doing in the water?
They are doing the laundry. Most people take their wash to those washing platforms and do the laundry in the lake. We have also seen guys bathing and shaving at these platforms.