Sometimes there are those days when things just don’t go smoothly. It happens here in Panama too.
We went to our phone provider to switch our service from the “dumb phones” to the new smart phones and set up a data plan for each. The place had lots of customers and employees on vacation so it took some quite a while to get helped. We met another expat couple who has been waiting longer than us and they were getting frustrated. But, as things usually go eventually, we got what we needed and now have internet in our phones. It was interesting. She asked our phone numbers, did something with a couple new chips, and now the new chips have our old phone numbers. I thought the numbers went with the chips but apparently not always.
Then, we set out for Pricesmart, our version of Costco. There is a traffic light just before the public hospital area and traffic always seems to be backed up between there and Chiriqui Mall, but today it looked quite a bit worse than usual. When we turned in to Pricesmart it was backed up as far down the highway as we could see. The city is growing and they are constantly building, and none of that is doing the traffic situation any good.
We enter Pricesmart to find out the power was out, but the cash registers were still working. We proceeded to do our shopping, got into one of the longer than usual lines, inched our way up until there were only 4-5 customers in front of us in line to be told that there was not going to be any more checking out. They said the cash registers have only 20 minutes of battery power, and if the power isn’t restored in that time they also go down.
So, we left our carts as instructed, and made our way out to the still totally backed up highway. It wasn’t too bad though. Traffic inched along and after a while we were out of it and on our way to the supermarket to get a few things we needed now. Maybe we should go back to Pricesmart tomorrow though. Will they be having a big sale on no-longer-frozen items? 😀
Super Baru was also pretty busy but it’s really nice that they have a guy in the parking lot. He helps people find spots, helps people back out safely, and generally does what he can for everyone.
Sometimes it is just one of those days. But we had a good time chatting with people while we waited. We are retired and no one is expecting us at the office. It’s a warm and muggy day but we’re not sliding around on icy roads. And, thanks to the iPhones that my daughters gifted us, we have internet in our pockets.