Let me set the stage here: the house we’re currently renting in the Volcancito Abajo area of Boquete is accessed by a single, bumpy gravel road that leads for about two city blocks to our front gate. For us and our next-door neighbor, it’s the only way in and out. The road is a right-of-way through a large parcel of land surrounding both our houses. Let me also explain that we are at the height of rainy season, when even in the best situations gravel roads tend to turn to muddy soup in places.
Early last week, we heard a rumor that the owner of the surrounding property was planning on ripping up our little road to do some drainage/culvert work. Our neighbor heard about it from her gardener. We heard about it from our neighbor. It’s a little like that old game of gossip, when a rumor gets passed around – but this one turned out to be true.
Thursday morning, the road-ripping-upping commenced. A very friendly and considerate contractor was on hand to explain to us (all in Spanish) what his crew would be doing. He said he was happy to answer any questions and that he was “a sus ordenes” (at our service). And that the work would be completely finished by domingo (Sunday). Domingo’s here – and these photos show how close to completion this project is (as our friend Scott said, we should have asked WHICH domingo!).
I should mention that we have had zero communication from the owner of the surrounding property – no “sorry, I need to inconvenience you for a few days,” no “here’s exactly what’s going to happen and when.” NADA.
If we owned the house and if this were the U.S., we’d probably be livid (not that anyone could get away with this in the U.S. to begin with!). But we’re renters and we live in Panama – where it’s best to throw preconceived notions out the window and go with the flow.
And honestly, it really is a small inconvenience to have to park on the outer road and haul all our groceries in the rain through two city blocks of mud, jumping over numerous ditches, to our house. It’s all part of the adventure – just like our cruising days, when we though nothing of hauling groceries on and off buses, onto our dinghy, and out to our boat at anchor. We’re outside, where the air is fresh and the views are spectacular. We are soooo blessed to have the opportunity to live in this wonderful place, where every day is a new revelation. And today’s domingo – soon everything will be back to normal!