Today We Saw the Sun!

This usually isn’t an event. We get plenty of sun. But, after ten days of rain and no sun, what a welcome sight!

I went out on my bike this morning. What a pleasure to be out, finally, after being housebound for day after day of rain. It seemed like everyone was enjoying the morning. The gardeners were all busy working in yards and almost every house had laundry hanging out to dry, including ours, taking advantage of the welcome sun.

There were still some clouds and a couple showers that made people scranble for their laundry, but for the most part it was sunny and warm until 3PM in our part of town. I sure need to get busy on the bike though! I hadn’t ridden in more than a month, not since before my US trip and I have lost a lot of conditioning. I want my strong legs back again.

There are some cows that live just outside our neighborhood, and today I saw that they have a couple new babies. We also had an iguana on the roof yesterday. I had to go across the street to see it and use my zoom, but I caught him. We have a tin roof so you know when something is up there.

It sure was busy around town, especially in the shopping areas! Christmas season has come. There are trees for sale outside of El Rey, Christmas decorations everywhere, and Christmas carols playing overhead. It was hard to find a parking spot and there were a lot of people in the stores. I’m sure part of it was catching up from the rainy days, but things tend to get more and more nuts as we get closer to Christmas.


Just because we are happy to enjoy the sun doesn’t mean that we should forget hurricane Otto. Costa Rica got the equivalent of a month of rain in a few hours. Nine people are reported dead, many towns are covered with mud and water, bridges are washed out, and it’s going to be a big job to put things right again. Reports say damage was minimal in Nicaragua and no one lost their life. My friends on Ometepe Island say there was a lot of rain, minimal wind, and things are fine there.

There was also a 7.0 earthquake off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua just as Otto was approaching land. There was a tsunami warning but thankfully that never happened and it was canceled quickly. There is no reported damage to people or property.

Whew! Enough. Lets hope the rest of the year is peaceful and we can complain about the heat of the morning sun, the afternoon rains, and the stores crowded with Christmas shoppers.

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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2 Responses to Today We Saw the Sun!

  1. jim and nena says:

    Hola Kris,
    the iguana was probably waiting for the sun to heat the roof. Imagine being in the rain for 10 days and cold blooded. Poor thing was probably freezing.
    Good to see the clouds clearing some, the best part of the year is at the end of the rainy season.


    • I think the iguana was just traveling from the guanabana tree to the papaya tree on the other side of the house. They take that route once in a while, safer than crossing on the ground near the gringa sitting on the terrace. I’m sure none of the reptiles have been very happy with the chilly, wet weather.
      For me, the best time is when the rains come back. By then I am tired of everything being brown and crispy and it’s great to see green returning.


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