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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Car Wash and Cerveza:)

Well the other day we went into Las Tablas which is about a half hour drive just to do some shopping and try and find a paint store with paint samples/chips that I could bring home. It was early so we just parked our car and walked around looking at the different stores. It was a gorgeous day, not too hot so just beautiful for strolling and especially as we had Sadie with us.
That dog comes everywhere with us. She sure is a world traveller, lol.
As we were strolling we came across a car wash and thought this would be a great idea as our truck was filthy from driving back and forth to the house site as the road is still not paved and the clay just sticks to the car and is very hard to get off.
We went back to our car and drove back to the car wash.


The Car Wash
We drove our car in and asked the guy how much. He said $4 and I thought that this was a bit high for Panama but decided it needed cleaning so ok, go ahead.
We got out of the car and walked over to an outdoor restaurant across the street that wasn't open yet just to sit and wait for him to finish as we thought it would only take 10 or 15 minutes. We look back and see him removing all of the floor mats and he started vacuuming and cleaning the whole interior, including all of the windows inside and out!
Now this is more like it for $4, lol.
The closed restaurant where we waited for car to be cleaned.
Notice on the picture above, the jar of hand sanitizer hanging from the light above the table by a piece of fishing line.
I love the Panamanians, the inventors of new technology:)
Anyway it looked like it was going to take a while now for the guy to clean the car so I went into the store right beside to just browse around and Don stayed outside with Sadie.
It is now 10 am.
After I was in the store about 10 minutes I get a text from Don saying he was at the pub beside the car wash having a beer!
Having a beer?
It's 10 o'clock in the morning!
So out I go, and sure enough there he was, Sadie in tow, sitting at the bar drinking a $.50 'Panama' beer.
He had to ask the girls inside to open up as they were still closed at this time. They opened up the bar just for Don.
Now I well aware that he is a cutie, but I did not know that he had this ability or this effect on women:)
So not to be outdone, I walked in, propped myself up on a barstool and ordered myself one of those $.50 beers as well.
The Three of us at 10 am at the bar beside the car wash, lol

Just so you believe me that they were really $.50 :)

Turns out it took the guy almost an hour clean our car, so we had time for 2 beers each, and we also bought the poor guy cleaning a bottle of coke, and our bill was $2.50!!
You see what I am telling you folks! You all need to move here! Beautiful weather and $.50 beer!
That's all you need:)

Today we walked our beach for just over 2 hours.
We came across these beautiful 'blue' rocks which I convinced Don to carry back. They are only in this one part of the beach and I want them for our landscaping. They are the most beaufiful shade of dark blue with reds and yellows going through them. We found a spot quite near to where they are that we can bring our truck to and gather them up.
I'm very excited to have found these.
We walked all of that time as well and the only person we saw was one little girl walking to the ocean with her Golden Retriever. It's unbelieveable how uninabited this strip of beach is. Usually on Sundays you can find quite a few of the locals coming down to enjoy a swim, but not today.

Squatters house on the beach with a 'for sale' sign on it, lol


Their 'Toilet'


Their View!!

I love the pic of this squatters house with a for sale sign on it. They do have the most incredible view. There is no phone number on the sign. I need to find out where they are and see how much they are asking. 
Unbelievable. 

Just to let you know how cheap some things are here, yesterday I went with a now 'good friend' of mine to Las Tablas to take her Chihuahua 'Melvin' to the vet as he was dragging his back paw/leg and seemed to be in a lot of pain.
The vet took blood, did blood testing, gave him some pills for medication (said he had a very bad bacterial infection), a shot of antibiotic, and the bill was $30.00!
We were there for over an hour, and I am sure that back in Canada that bill would have topped $300.00.
Unfortunately she had to take him back to another vet in Chitre this morning as he had gotten worse. 
She had to leave him there as they need to now take X-rays as they think he may have a blockage of some kind. He is the sweetest little guy. 
If I can convince Don after we get into our home, I would love to get one for a friend and companion for Sadie.
She paid only $80 for Melvin, and he is a purebred.
Anyway, I will let you know how it goes with poor Melvin, and how much this bill will be for his overnight stay/X-rays, etc.

I have nothing else excited to write now, but it is now 12:30 and I am at least 2 hours overdue for a cerveza, lol.   

Take good care my friends, and remember to 'Stay in the Light'   


  

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