I was gone for almost two months and when I returned to Panama, I saw a lot of things that had changed. David seems to be in a constant state of construction and there is something going on anywhere you look. I’m sure this doesn’t even begin to cover all the projects currently under way and this is only David. There are a lot of things also going on in other parts of the country as well.
My grandson is obsessed with Mighty Machines – construction equipment, and big trucks and machinery of any kind. Since the construction projects usually come with heavy equipment I’ll include some photos for him. He would have so much fun here! There are mighty machines everywhere and you wouldn’t even have to take any detours on your way home to see some.
Close to home, I saw STREET SIGNS! They are at almost every intersection between our neighborhood and the highway. Panama is notorious for not having street signs and confusing anyone not familiar with the area they are in, so this is a very cool thing to see.
There was a house under construction in our neighborhood. Now it is much closer to being finished, and a second one is underway next door. This photo was taken on Sunday and the guys were hard at work. That doesn’t seem to be all that unusual around here, so anyone who thinks Panamanians are lazy needs to really rethink that opinion.
Then, just outside our neighborhood they are putting in another neighborhood. The roads and utilities are being dug in and if you look at the hill beyond, you can see two pathways dug into the side of the hill. I don’t know why you would need roads up there, so I don’t know what that is about. Maybe time will tell. Of course mighty machines are involved in this project.
Next, I headed up Via Boquete to the site for the new bus terminal and shopping mall. Nothing is being built yet but the area has been really smoothed out and prepared, and looks quite different than it did the last time I saw it.
From there, I headed south to the overpass on Via Boquete.
From there, I took the street that goes behind Romeros and headed towards downtown. There are some big projects down there as you get close to the Grand National Hotel, and they also showed considerable progress since I’d seen them last.
Next, I headed downtown. I was hoping the store that sells paint was open because there is much less traffic on Sundays. (It wasn’t, and I had a much more exciting ride on Monday through weekday traffic. But, they had a really good selection of paint colors)
On the way back I crossed the highway under the overpass. They are in the process of building on and off ramps for the new Via Boquete that goes over the overpass, but the work has been stalled for months for lack of money, according to a security guy I talked to some time ago. Unfortunately this project looks just the same as it did, and nothing has happened since I left. But, there is a cement truck for Camden 🙂
Then as I made my way back up the old Via Boquete, I passed a couple other interesting buildings just a few blocks north of the highway.
All this was just on a Sunday morning bike ride downtown and back, a ride of less than ten miles. This is only a small part of what is going on in David. I know of at least three other commercial centers, a university, a big supermarket on the west side of town (where it’s already a traffic nightmare) and a number of housing developments. There are also things I haven’t seen, things planned but not started yet (like a huge metropolitan park just getting underway) and places completed and occupied that I haven’t mentioned. It is quite the booming place here! What is it going to be like in another ten years?
Because of direct flights from Germany, The Netherlands and France, I see more and more tourists from these countries in Boquete. That makes the foreign community less Gringo in Boquete. Most of them speak English as well Spanish, especially the youngsters.
I thought anyone with white skin was considered a gringo, including the Europeans. I never gave it much thought though.
Fun reading about your adventures Kris 🙂
Thanks, glad you enjoy the posts 🙂
It’s nice to see the progress in David, they are a hard working people. Can’t wait to see it myself. Thanks for sharing your everyday life with us and for the great photos you always post. I makes life in David a little more real.
It will be interesting to see how it feel here to you. Soon!