We have been informed many times since moving here that there is a pretty decent rainy season in this area. According to the locals it will rain and I think it may be close to the monsoon rains we experienced in Dolaga, Panama. It has been said that we will need boots to get around town because the streets will be a muddy mess with the mud reaching mid-calf or higher. That is why instead of putting in kitchen cabinets or shelving in our home we added an extension to our roof at the back of the house and did so much concrete work at our gate, sidewalk and on the driveway, all in preparation for the start of the rains come December.
On Thursday late afternoon a dump truck delivered two loads of a pea-type gravel to the entrance to our street and early, I mean 6am early, several of our neighbors were out with wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes spreading this gravel over the entire street. By 8am half the men on our block and several guys from the neighborhood were knee-deep in gravel shoveling and spreading to cover the entire road. At around 10am I made some fresh lemon/mandarina juice and shortly afterwards started the beer and soda runs and the work continued until 6pm. By mid-day the truck was back with several more loads.
It is just amazing how many men were out working on the street, I would guess around 15 at the highest point.
At midday Paola, one of the wives of the fisherman, made ceviche, not just any old fish ceviche this was lobster and jumbo shrimp. I am proud to say that the lemons to make this treat came from our tree and we were happy to be able to give in some small way to this enormous effort.
By late afternoon the street down to Estrella’s tienda was completed and was a beautiful site.
With so many young children on this block, I worry that the drivers will treat this street like a race course and hope that my neighbors decide to put some type of speed bumps to discourage this unwanted behavior.