“I might have known,” said Eeyore. “After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends. Somebody spoke to me only yesterday. And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit bumped into me and said ‘Bother!’. The Social Round. Always something going on.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh ~
I’ve mentioned several times that ours is not a burg that has a lot to do. Other than sun and sand, Music Nights at Smiley’s, fiestas and national holidays it’s pretty quiet. One does not move to Pedasi for the booming night life. There are a few more restaurants that have opened since we’ve moved here. Some of the local spots are trying to encourage more customers by holding special “nights” such as Ladies Night at Villa Pedasia (2 for 1 Margaritas) and other such events. For the most part though some of the best events are ones hosted in our homes.
The invitation for Saturday night was for a dinner party at our Aussie Amigos home. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how long people live here there will always new people to meet. Such was the case on Saturday. There was a mix of nationalities, long-term residents, people who own land and are waiting to build and short-term visitors. I always enjoy meeting people who are here for their first visit and to hear what their impressions are of the country that we have chosen as our Home. It is difficult for people with only a short time to visit Panama to get a full impression of the country as was the case of one couple we met. We encouraged them to make a return trip for a longer time period. Some websites, real estate agents and books have a tendency to promote their own interests and it may take longer than one realizes to find what you’re looking for.
The mix of ages was from babes in arms to the more “mature” adults. An evening spent with little ones running around reminded me of similar parties that we went to when our own children weren’t much older than those busy little ones. The little kiddlings were very well-behaved, playing in the grass and on a blanket spread out for them. Later in the evening they all fell asleep in their respective strollers or placed on beds to dream sweet dreams.
The meal was delicious starting with a variety of appetizers as night was starting to fall. We then had a wonderfully prepared meal of leg of lamb various tasty side dishes finished off with apple crisp and ice cream. Dinner completed, we sat under the night sky listening to guitar and harmonica music. Dusty and El Gordo brought a nice bottle homemade berry port. I don’t usually care for port; I think it tastes like cough syrup, but this was divine. I could sit and drink a whole bottle and be very schnockered.
Living in the campo is similar to living in rural town Canada, sometimes we have to make our entertainment. We’ve been very fortunate to have some very pleasurable evenings of good company and good food since we’ve made Panama our Home. Soon it will be time to reciprocate some of those invitations. Hosting is fun, but being hosted allows us time away from la casa and gives us new experiences. Life if good on the Social Round in the campo.