Things have been really good here! Friday we went to Boquete for band practice which went great. Then we had dinner at Mike’s Global where Adam’s Reach band was playing. We’ve always known Adam is a hugely talented and capable musician, and he was with a great bass player, and a guy on drums I’d seen at the birthday party of my painting teacher in David. (small world!) It was nice to have someone else cook for us, and be able to enjoy some really good music.
Saturday I went out on my bike to check out the progress at the new mall site. Its a huge project but it’s been steadily coming along.
I also stopped by the art school, and my teacher was there. We hadn’t seen each other in ages so it was great to reconnect. I’m going back to classes this coming week because I have missing painting, and with classes there won’t be that I’ll do it tomorrow which never actually happens.
Oh, and I almost forgot the car. We love our little Atos but with me playing in the band, even with the drummer carrying some of our equipment, it was almost impossible to manage it all. So, now we have a much bigger vehicle, bought from our neighbor who wanted something smaller now that she is retiring. Her husband changed tires on his big vehicle, and sold us his barely used others for good price so we all went to the tire shop. They removed the worn front tires, put the back tires on the front, and put the new sturdy tires on the back, all by hand, $10!
We have lived here over 5 years and we have seen Volcan Baru all the time, but it never gets old for me. We live in David and drive to Boquete for band gigs but every time we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery between here and there. Yesterday was SO beautiful! The hills and mountains are all green, blue sky, and fluffy clouds on the tops of the mountains.
Summer arrived Saturday. It was like the weather just changed overnight, from afternoon clouds and rain some days, to sunny, windy, and clear, typical summer weather. It’s nice for a while but as weeks go by with no rain, everything getting crispy and brown, I long for the rain to come back. Right now though it’s really beautiful.
We played at the Boquete Brewing Company last night and had a fantastic evening. Now that I have been playing out for three months, things are really coming together and we are so happy with our new equipment. The crowd grew throughout the evening and we got so many nice comments, saw some old friends, and made some new ones. We started at 5PM so it was still light, and as we started one song I looked up to see this!!
It was actually brighter than this, such vivid colors it was breathtaking but I had to wait until the end of the song to grab my phone and snap a photo. It did cause me to miss quite a few notes on the bass! But, it was right in front of me and I couldn’t help ooohing and ahhing.
Life in Panama! We are so very fortunate. I’ve told many people how glad I am that we were too poor to retire in the US. If that wasn’t the case we would have missed all this.