Another Move… Across the Hall.



Well, a successful move across the hall has been accomplished. To the horror of the cat’s , who were getting pretty comfy in the studio apartment, we now have an actual bedroom and , yes folks, a full fledged DRESSER! AHHH! We are officially unpacked and sittin’ pretty here in our nice little one bedroom apartment. The thing I just love about this apartment is the windows. There’s a whole wall of windows in the living room and two big ones in the bedroom. The view is so beautiful, I just cant wait till there’s a nice thunder and lightening storm. I can sit on the sofa and just gaze at the sky and enjoy the view . We even have a much bigger refrigerator , not an actual full sized refrigerator, but not a counter height one which is much better.

Today is a very relaxing day, aside from moving, we aren’t getting much else accomplished. Although, I happened to think that relaxing is very important. Tomorrow is the first day of our Spanish school so It’s good to take advantage of a bit of down time.

About an hour or so later…
I just had a little FaceTime with my friend Cindy and Skype with Natalie. I am a big fan of keeping in touch with my friends this way. It’s so nice to be able to catch up and chat with people back home. I’ve also discovered the chat feature on Facebook, and it’s a good thing as well. I got to have some great chat time with a couple of really good friends who I miss terribly, Rhonda and Sandy! There are so many different ways to correspond with everyone back home. Natalie was sitting on the beach in Carmel …. It was a beautiful sunny, blue sky day. Cindy took me for a walk around her beautiful backyard and showed me her huge hydrangea. Yes, technology makes it easy to stay connected from here.

The next morning…
Ahhhh. It’s a beautiful morning, again, here in the highlands of Boquete! Can you see the smile on my face as I’m writing this? We had a good nights sleep in our new apartment, in spite of the “king” sized bed that is actually two twin beds pushed together! UGG! The proprietors here at the inn keep pigeons and they are kept in these big cages outside our bedroom window. The cat’s are mesmerized by this set-up. They also have a pet parrot who apparently hates the rain! He screamed during the entire time that it rained yesterday, not a happy parrot. The funny thing is , he has a covered section in his little caged in home but was choosing to stand in the pouring rain, yelling his little head off! Could he be singing in the rain and it just sounds like screaming? It’s possible. Anyways , the cat’s are quite entertained by the pigeons and I think it will be prudent to close the windows when we leave the apartment or we may come home to two “cat shaped” holes in the screens.

As I wrote up above, yesterday, Today is our first day of Spanish class! Oh Boy! I’m both scared and excited. I’m scared because It’ss been a really long time since I’ve been in a classroom setting and I’m hoping this brain of mine is still capable of learning!! And I’m super excited because I love to talk to people and get to know them and this language barrier is really cramping my style!! I just can’t wait to have the ability to talk with whom ever I like! So I think the excitement and anticipation of being able to speak another language is the overriding emotion so I’m ready to tackle this! Like most of the new things I’ve found myself diving into, I’ll just dive on in with a positive attitude and enjoy the process of learning something new. It’s all part of the Adventure, right? Yep! I’ll keep you posted on our progress, one thing I’m certain about…Me and Scott won’t be in the same class, at the same level for long! That darn guy learns sooooo fast, I’m sure he’ll be in the next level before I know it! That’s ok though, we all just learn at a different pace and my pace just happens to need to be repeated , and repeated and repeated! I’m prepared to be in the moment and continue to remember to embrace that “Tranquillo” mindset in this situation and to “Breathe”. Oh and most importantly, I’m planning to enjoy the process! I’ll be meeting many new people and making new friends along the way, this is something to really look forward to. Sooooo Let’s get this part of the Adventure started!!








About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

7 responses »

  1. My neighbor’s parrot was freaking out one day so much I went over to investigate thinking he was being killed or something. It was just starting to rain, and they explained that this was why. He has a roof over the whole cage. Go figure.

    Technology is a wonderful thing. I was never so thankful as the day my grandson was born. My daughter and I talked and sent messages back and forth all day.

    Good luck in class! If you are like me it’s going to take a long time and a lot of repetition. I still get frustrated all the time, but little by little I find myself understanding more and able to communicate better. The great thing here is the locals are happy that you are trying, and they don’t care of you make every mistake there is. Everyone will be happy to talk with you and help you along.

  2. Yes, what is it with parrots and rain? The one one on the corner sounds like someone is butchering him when it rains and I was talking with a friend this morning and she has one down by her house that does the same thing.

    Poco a poco! 🙂

  3. Those are lovely views! I hope you got to take in the thunder and lightening that ravaged the skies last night — wow, it was the closest and most intense I’ve experienced since being in Boquete!

  4. I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog, I just read yours I think is nice, I am not a english speaker and I understand Why you are scared about spanish class… but there will be a day you will talk spanish so well and you won’t even realize!! best wishes in your new adventure and challenge!!

  5. You can take the girl out of America and not the American out of the girl, News Flash: That is a normal sized fridge LOL . When you talk about the thunder and lightening I am transported back to Michaels first visit here, we had been many places but the thing that made him most excited where thunder storms. ENJOY…

  6. I have loved reading your blog before you left and even more so since the move. Was really concerned about how your kitties would handle the flight but there they are in one piece. Actually had no concerns about the two of you making adjustments to anything that happens. Do keep us updated on you latest life experience especially Spanish Class. The more wine you have the easier it will be to speak I’m sure. Nancy Ps: Karen and family have moved into their new house in Menlo Park. The silence in our house is deafening.

    Sent from Nancy’s iPad

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