My Panamanian Neighborhood

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.

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.


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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22 Responses to My Panamanian Neighborhood

  1. oldsalt1942 says:

    Nicely done.


  2. kjscapper says:

    Nice to see these pics! Great job Kris.


  3. schuttzie says:

    What a charming neighborhood, so lovely! Thank you for the tour, Kris 🙂


  4. Anonymous says:

    Loved the pictures and the descriptions. Thank you for sharing.


  5. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed this, Kris, thanks! My friend Lisa just moved to Boquete last week. She had rented there for two months last fall and loved it so much that she bought a house. She’s just getting settled in now, and wants me to come join her. I manage a liquor store in the Cayman Islands and was planning on retiring in two years when I’m 60, but I might have to leave sooner to go join Lisa! She likes the cool temps in the mountains, but I prefer warmer weather. I told her I could just rent a place farther down the mountain – closer to David – and be in the warmer temps but still close enough to her! So that’s my tentative plan, and I follow your blog closely since you’re living in that area. I’m looking forward to meeting you and your hubby someday, and getting some pointers about renting and living in that area.
    Thanks again Kris! Take care.
    Diane Harrison


    • Hi Diane and thanks for your comments! Have you visited here? Boquete is very different from David. It’s full of tourists and expats, lots of expat activities to join and restaurants to visit and that sort of thing, and it is very beautiful up there. But, for me, I like the warmer temperatures down here and living among Panamanians, so David suits me much better. There are a lot of options and I figure everyone has to see for themselves where it feels right. If you visit let me know, and we’ll get together 🙂


  6. It’s interesting to see how things differ from home. I spent lots of time in Africa and see similarities in housing style with metal fences and walls around some houses. The tropical plants are also similar in many ways. Thanks for the up close and personal view of a neighbourhood in David.


    • Really? How interesting. I would love to visit Africa someday. I never thought of it being similar but I supposed there are parts that have a very similar climate so it makes sense.


  7. Sunni Morris says:


    I always like to look at pics. This looks like many places in the US – especially the poorer rural areas. Living on a quiet street would be nice. Our house is located on one of the wider roads in our little town and sometimes the drivers wiz past as if they think they’re on the freeway and not in a residential area. I don’t like that part of it. It’s gotten a lot busier since they built a school at the end of the road.

    But I guess our backyard makes up for it because there’s nothing but desert landscape and walking trails back there so it’s very quiet.



    • I had a house like that in Kansas, highway in front and woods in back, and the quiet back was nice. Here too some tend to fly up and down the street outside the neighborhood, so I’m glad we’re back here.


  8. Kris,
    I really enjoy reading your Blog. I grew up as a child in Panama living on the Military Base. I returned with my youngest daughter about 10 years ago and was amazed at the changes since I had left 30 years prior. I have family in Las Tablas and Chorera. Your blog really makes me want to come back and visit. I will one day be back. Thank you for the reminders


    • I hope you can come back! I’ll keep writing and reminding you what a wonderful country this is 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment.
      Touringonmybike huh? I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog and see what you are up to. That is something I want to do too.


  9. Anonymous says:

    You know your audience Kris. Yes, we (I) love seeing everyday things. Most of us have hopes and dreams of retiring to Panama. Coming down soon to see the “middle” of the country. Then on to David next time. Like seeing the houses in the area also. David.


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