Tomorrow is the last day here in San Carlos. This is the place I have been renting this month. I have had the apartment on the left and then under the thatched roof is common space for the two apartments, although I have had it mostly to myself. There’s a place to eat and a fabulous hammock that I love.
However, Friday I am heading up north to a little village outside of David, the third largest city in Panama. Funnily enough, I stopped and spent the night in David when I came into Panama through Costa Rica at the beginning of the month. I didn’t think it looked big enough to be the third largest city. I must have missed a whole big section of it!
But after tomorrow, no more beach down the street but also no more noisy city park in front of me, a restaurant below me and buses screaming past my window. Noise has always been an interesting component for me. I’m the person who can hear someone turn a light switch on a floor above me. Noise bothers me that most people don’t even hear!
So needless to say, this month has been challenging. I have never lived on a city square and trust me, I won’t be doing it again. I have never lived above a restaurant and that is another no-no on my list now. However, I have to say, being able to run out the door and in 30 seconds be at a store to buy eggs for breakfast, beautiful roma tomatoes or a pineapple to go with breakfast has been wonderful. The convenience of being “right here” has its pluses that is for sure.
However, when I add up the positives and negatives, there is no doubt in my mind that I will choose quiet over noisy hands down. So I am looking forward to where I am headed. But I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to spend time in this part of the country. It has been a fabulous experience to get into Panama City twice now and to visit several of the towns both on the beaches and in the highlands.
I’ll be in touch next week from Paso Ancho. Just wait till you see what I have rented there!
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