What’s Going On?

Not much 😁

Again, days and days have gone by since I’ve been to the blog. When I first got to Panama everything was new and interesting. Now a trip to the supermarket or to the chino (neighborhood convenience store) is so routine it’s not at all remarkable. It’s easy to forget that routine stuff is interesting to people who aren’t here but unfortunately, I don’t sit down and write about it.

We are settled back in after our travels to the US, the band hasn’t been super busy, and I’ve had a bit more free time than usual. So, other than the usual chores and errands …. which we have managed to minimize…. we have a freezer so we can avoid going shopping for many days and housekeeping…. I need a certain level of order but not enough to obsess about spiders in the corner or spots on the floor. I’ve tried to cut down on time spent on line. I don’t need to read everything, or get engaged in every forum, or write detailed answers for people who haven’t done even basic research (this one I’m still working on.., I tend to be too “nice”). But still, time is always in short supply.

Anyway, free time, it’s mainly been used to learn new songs, go biking, talk with friends and family, cut up fruit or make juice for freezing, or enjoy a bit of yard work. Mangoes are in season and falling from the trees. We had a really large head of bananas ripen, the limón tree is loaded with fruit, and the guanabanas (soursop) are also in season.

It’s still hot summer and we are anxiously waiting for the rains to return. Some days the clouds come by and tease us, or drop rain in only a few areas. Today is overcast, the first day we haven’t been baked in the hot sun. I’m not sure what that means but we are thankful. Boquete, however, has ranged from cool a breezy to cold, wet, and windy. It’s like a different world up there.

Utilities in David tend to be reliable (except for water, but we have a tank now). There was a very strange thing last week though. Half the house went out. I figured there was something very wrong in the breaker box and we needed an electrician, so I called the neighbor for the number of one nearby. It turned out to be an electric company problem. Half the neighbor’s house was also out, and other houses in the neighborhood were half out as well. How strange is that?! It was like that for a while, and then the power went out entirely. They got busy fixing it though and power came back an hour or two later. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Apparently houses are wired differently here.

That’s all that comes to mind at the moment.  Maybe today I’ll finally get to make those healthy oatmeal banana cookies I’ve been meaning to try.


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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6 Responses to What’s Going On?

  1. Felipe says:

    Personally I enjoy your posts about the routine – the rainy season, the heat, getting a car registered, logistics to Panama City. And kudos to not being online. Not sitting at a computer sounds like heaven.
    The heat and humidity is part of what scared us about Panama. We went to Lake Chapala in Mexico and I must say that climate really seems ideal. And I loved Guadalajara. So we’re not sure about Panama to live but for sure at least want to return for a longer visit next time to explore more.
    I enjoy your posts whenever you feel like posting them, but glad you’re getting out and enjoying things beyond the computer. Thanks for all you share.


    • Thanks for your kind comments 😊
      A good thing about Panama is the mountains so you can go up as high as you need to for a comfortable temperature. The humidity is everywhere though.
      I’ve heard Guadalajara is wonderful. I hope to visit sometime


  2. carole says:

    How is your painting coming along. Haven’t been online for awhile. We are very dry here. Can’t wait for it to rain, grass starting to turn brown.


    • Your summer rains should be coming soon too, right?
      I haven’t been painting for quite a while. I’ve thought about it but there is only so much time and the music takes up a lot of it.


  3. oldsalt1942 says:

    There are a couple of online Panamanian sites I visit regularly…Critica is one and there seems to be serious water problems in the Republic lately. There are reports of cattle dying in the Azuero. There were problems a couple of times when I was there but it seems worse now. One thing about the place in Boqueron was it was at the bottom of a small hill and I’d usually have some water that I could use left in the pipes between my house and the last house above me. Also, when there were temporary water problems in mi barrio people would simply go down to the little river next to my house to bathe and wash dishes.It was just part of life…


    • I think it’s always a problem in summer. There have been other summers with dead cattle in the Azuero, electricity restrictions, restrictions in the canal because of low water levels, etc etc. With our tank though we suffer much less inconvenience. There is also talk this year of intestinal infections aggravated by water outages and less washing up and hygiene. It’s not always rainbows and unicorns here. I imagine all the growth and construction in David is not helping the situation.


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