The Expat Affair
Today is Sunday, here in Hillbilly Heaven and the weather is again perfect for this busy day in Cerro Azul. There are lots of families and groups of people up from the city to spend the day in the cooler weather here, escaping the sweltering Panama City heat.
As we made our way over to the club for breakfast, you cross a bridge over the river and when you look down river you see little covered picnic areas with barbecues. One was occupied by a larger Panamanian family group with mom and dad in the small shelter with the barbecue smoking, and the rest of the group were sitting below in the river, chatting and playing as the cool clear mountain water rushed by. They were a friendly bunch and waved while I took their picture.
In the late afternoon around three, we made our way to Jim’s house, where we and 50 or so other expats from the area were invited for a little pot luck dinner and get together. There really was no particular reason for the gathering, according to Jim other than to say goodbye to a couple who were returning home after several years in Panama. Now this is one of the things that I really like about this place. There are lots of Canadians and Americans living here and all that we have met are friendly and seem willing to be helpful to new people. We met lots of new people today and found it a really interesting bunch. Some are permanent residents while others just part-time. Some own homes in the area while others rent. All seem to have interesting stories and they all love the Cerro Azul weather. Here are a few shots from the party.
At the party, we met Greg, who has a very unique house for sale. Several people had suggested we have a look at his house because of the landscaping, architecture and decoration. It’s one of a kind, we were told. I’m going to save the pictures for a day or so until I get some more information from Greg and then I will dedicate one whole post to this incredible home. The house and property are appraised at much more than the selling price. You will be amazed at the value for the money here as many of the furnishings are included with the house.
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