This and That

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.


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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12 Responses to This and That

  1. Donald Mack says:

    please look me up March 9th through the 22 be staying at the Hotel Madrid would like to hear your band


    • I think I sent you a link to the band’s Facebook page where you can see upcoming gigs. I may be gone in March though. Time to go see family again.


      • Donald Mack says:

        going to be looking for a long term lease on a rental house for when I return in April the two weeks in march are house hunting time can you get satellite tv shows from the USA let me know please


        • I know you can get US TV here, but I don’t know how it’s done since we don’t watch it. Maybe check I think I remember him talking about it on his blog, though you may have to dig around a while to find it.


          • Donald Mack says:

            as I told you I am so looking forward to be in Panama on the 22nd of March and will be there tell the 22nd I believe and I plan to look for a cheap rental to come back to in April to stay for good, I need a more relaxed environment cause I have had 5 stints put in my heart and was just diagnosed with dementia so I will return every 3 or 4 months to the US to get medication for the heart and head I do really want to see your band when I am there so will you please call me at the Hotel Madrid hoping to check in there around 8pm on the 9th so please call upon me anytime and leave a number to contact you so I can meet other US people because I know no Spanish and want to learn it so looking for a patient teacher maybe you could help me thanks for the e mail I am so glad to get there thanks again for your kind words looking for to a visit with you and your family Donald Mack


      • Donald Mack says:

        I don’t want to sound crazy but there is a travel alert from US embassy is it safe being in David when I come in March, thank you for all your replies to all my text I am sure you have better things to do besides answering all my question and I will continue to follow the band on face book, again thank you for taking the time to read my e mails and all your replies keep rocking that bass


        • Yes, everything is fine. I believe the alert is about a protest by the Indians which is likely to block some traffic in Panama City. Nothing much ever goes on in David. It’s pretty peaceful here.





    • Really? I hadn’t heard that. The lady who told me said it’s corazon because the seed looks like a heart inside the fruit. It’s interesting the different names. I remember when I went to Nicaragua so many things had other names I did better just pointing. Thanks for the comment. Now if I hear those names I’ll know what they are talking about and I agree, a very good fruit.


  3. chugwa says:

    Another great write up Kris, keep them coming


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