Late this morning we walked in to town. I wanted to try a new route. I had seen some Panamanian natives walking down a trail near our place, and thought it might be another shortcut to town. So game for an adventure we set out. It turned out very quickly to lead to one of the many farms around here. A young man came out to us and told us we were welcome, but he wondered what we were doing. We said just exploring and trying to get to town. He took us past the workers housing (which was very depressing, easier to drive by than walk by) and showed us a very steep trail into a ravine and up the other side. So we thanked him and followed the trail. When we got to the top, we came out on the shortcut we had used many times to shorten the walk down Volcancito. So we didn't gain anything but satisfaction for my curiosity!
I picked up a walking stick as we went along and when we went down the steep shortcut, I found it very useful. We made it into town and did a little shopping for a gift (can't say anymore than that!). We had lunch in a little seafood restaurant where we were the only customers. Sat on their balcony out over the valley and enjoyed the breeze while writing a postcard to send to the grandkids. We got a taxi back to spend the rest of the day at home.
Just to let you know a little about our living situation here - it's been a bit like a soap opera. Our hostess, Lynne, managed to antagonize Maria, our first neighbour, which I think took quite a lot because Maria seemed very easy going and had come back here for the second time. I'm sure she'll never stay here again. So Ivan moved in. He's a nice Puerto Rican American, who speaks fluent Spanish and English. He's about 10 years younger than us and a retired military man. He's only been here about a week and she's already pissed him off. Today she tried to evict him although he's already paid a full month's rent and has no other place to go. Very strange behaviour for someone wanting people to stay here. She has someone else lined up for his place, so who knows what she thinks?
Anyway, we are out of here in a couple of days and it's just the right time to leave!