I realize most expats in Boquete are not watching closely but school starts on Monday. This week families around the country are buying notebooks, uniforms and the other essentials. The government has a published request out to purchase thousands of laptops for students as Panama continues to move forward on some fronts. So watch for students and more yellow vans prowling the streets on Monday.
One part of the country not preparing for back to school is the Ngobe Bugle comarca. Silva Carrera announced yesterday, that the Comarca will not send it’s children back to school until things are resolved with the government. She said she was concerned for the safety of both children and teachers. One more in a series of moves showing alienation from the national government.
I have been beautiful, scalding, David for a couple of days as Mayra gets ready to return to a classroom in David and I had some return work done on my car.
Three weeks ago the road from the Wilson Bridge up Jaramillo managed to punch a hole in my diesel tank as it descended on some trivial road debris. We were referred to Taller Rodriguez on Calle E Sur for a repair. Sr. Rodriguez did the repair and within two weeks it was leaking again. I thought, another new leak, no, same old leak, bad weld.
Yesterday they pulled the tank, confirmed the weld was bad and redid it. I was fully expecting to have to debate the concept of warranty. There was no debate, nor was there a charge. If the weld holds this time I can recommend the quality of workmanship, either way I can say Sr. Javier Rodreguiz is an honorable man.
One final note, not a restaurant review, but a location worth mentioning for those leaving Price Smart and seeking fresh seafood. We eat at Don Chalo often so I do want to share. Don Chalo is in the Los Angeles area and has been there for years. The get there from Price Smart, ride the Interamerican until you pass the first Delta station (was Shell) make a soft right, then at the next street make a right, proceed to the T at the end of the street and make another right. Don Chalo will be on your left in less than 100 meters. Don’t expect to find any expats there, the menu is on a white board and changes with availability and the food is simple and fresh; the beer is always cold.
If you are famished try a fried fish, a whole fish. If you just need some fuel before the hill climb try their excellent ceviche. You will not be disappointed, they take cash, so you can leave the American Express at home.