I took a few pictures in Panama City, and then as the bus left the city.
Everything went smoothly at the bus station and before long we were on our way.
It was one of the many November holidays so many buildings were decorated in flags and red, white, and blue.
I snapped this photo as the bus crossed the canal on the Bridge of th Americas. Out there, just to the right of the three left most crane. Are those the new locks?
One of the pleasures of taking the bus is the beautiful scenery. There are wind turbines in one of the photos. I was on the wrong side of the bus but managed to get this photo as the bus went around a bend. I remember when there were only a few, and now there are a lot more all the way up to the road. Someone told me they weren’t working when he saw them but they were all turning on this day.
It’s been busy between travels, a great time with a visiting nephew, and getting settled back in but things seem to be getting somewhat back to normal again.
For a country with less than 4 million people I see an awful lot with missing limbs. One of my neighbors at the house I lived in for four years here in Boqueron was missing his left arm below the elbow. Yesterday on the bus a young man in his twenties got on and sat down next to me at the terminal. He had a prosthetic right arm. And last Friday at the Super 99 (damn I hate giving Martinelli un centavo rojo) there was a man just inside the entrance with BOTH legs missing. He was in a wheelchair selling a small assortment of cheap flashlight key chains. On the way out I bought one for B/1 (that’s the Panamanian’s $1 for all you gringos out there). It really was cheap and shoddy, but I HAD to buy it. I gave it to a young indigenous girl at the bus caseta.
But Chiriqui is an agricultural province and agriculture is a profession with an extremely high rate of horrible, deformity causing accidents.
I lived in Kansas for quite a few years where there are also lots of farmers and some awful accidents too, though maybe not as many as here because most was done by machine. Who is the guy who brings in the medical equipment? McCormick? He does a lot of work with prosthetics too.
I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your posts. They have helped me plan my 4 month stay in Panama. From your post on leaving David for the US I learned of your favorite hotel in Panama City which I am now booked to stay in over night on Dec 5. I’ll find a bus the next day at Albrook Mall to take me to David, where I found a house to rent right on my budget with the help of Ed Horna whose name I saw for the third time in your blog and took that to be my signal from the universe to contact him. (He has been amazing.)
I will see the completed Christmas tree when I pass through the bus station. So much will be familiar to me even though I’ve never been there before.
And your depictions of daily life in David helped me understand the pros and cons of living there.
Hopefully I will get a chance to meet you and your husband while I’m there.
And added bonus when I posted the picture of my house on Facebook, a friend I knew form Vancouver BC said hi and let me know he was just up the street in Boquete. So I know people there and I haven’t even arrived yet.
See you some when in December.
Oh cool! I’m glad everything is coming together so well for you. It was the same with us with the help of people who came before us, so I’m happy to pay it forward.
Nick. Eduardo is a nice guy. He found our bungalow in Boquete.
The mayor of Boquete has one arm. He was driving when studying in his twenties in Panamá City with his arm out of the window because of the heat and his arm was totally ripped off by a passing large vehicle. His grandmother of 94 (very vital) is our next door neighbour.
Oh my goodness, how awful! Though I suppose it is awful however a person loses a limb.