It is easy to forget that my every day life is interesting to other people. So, I am going to try to post more about daily things. One thing I see almost every day is my neighborhood, and the two mile route between there and the shopping area where we go most often.
I stopped by the vegetable market and looked south. The Pan-American Highway is down there past the Honda dealership on the left and Toyota on the right. The folks carrying bags are coming from The supermarket in the shopping area one block to the left. They have recently put up the tin walls around the lot on the near left. Maybe they are going to build something there.
We are at the back of the vegetable market here looking north. There is a car wash ahead on the left and a few other businesses up the road.
A little farther up the road is a distribution center, and the yellow bit is a part of a commercial center under construction beyond it. On the right are the car mechanics who have the calf staked out in various places where there is some grass for him to eat. Farther up on the right are more houses, and beyond the commercial center under construction is The American School.
One block to the right of the street in the last photo is this residential street with a lot of nice homes with pretty yards.
A little farther up it is all residential with some open lots like the one on the left
There are many large expensive homes in this area like the ones ahead. The field on the left is one of the good places to see Volcan Baru in the distance (when it’s not hiding in the clouds). .
They are building apartments behind this house.
Another pretty house we pass on our way home. On the left is a very large open field. The sign says there are lots for sale there, but I don’t see any utilities. Someone told me the lots are huge and very expensive.
Farther up is another area of fields. On the left is a dirt road that leads up to the water tank on the hill. The area on the right was fenced not long ago, and now there are three horses living there. Someone told me this land belongs to the government, and I don’t know what is up with the fences and horses but I enjoy seeing them as I go by.
That is paint on the road. It seems the common way to dispose of paint is to put the can in the road and run over it. There are a few places where the paint can has become embedded in the asphalt, and it is common to see paint stains like this one. These are some of the pretty houses just outside our neighborhood.
The entrance to our neighborhood, with the red and white archway.
As you enter the neighborhood you pass this lot on the right where the kids play a lot of soccer.
This is our neighborhood of nice homes and pretty yards, with some vacant lots still available. The small wall structures are for the electric meters. The beige one about in the center of the photo has a sort of cage below it. This is for trash. If it’s closed up the dogs can’t get into it and make a mess in the street. The fountain on the right is one of the neighborhood landmarks “You remember the fountain of the boy peeing? It’s just past that house.
Cedo’s house has an empty lot on either side. Someone apparently has made a deal with the owner of this lot on the left where if they keep it clean and trimmed, they can use it to plant food plants. It has yucca and plantains now.
This is our street, this little dead end street and we are in the yellow house. All along behind the house is woods. I was told that in the past there was a road that went down to the river but now, if you go much farther down this road you will go down the cliff! The lot on the near left has the same arrangement as the one mentioned earlier. They can use it to plant food crops if they maintain it.
This is what my world on the north side of David looks like. It’s doesn’t look that different than many places in the US. Maybe it’s not as manicured, but it’s still people living in houses, growing flowers in their yards, going to work, playing with their families, putting the trash out on Mondays, and just living their lives.