We have this great website here called Oferta Simple. It’s pretty much Panama’s version of Groupon and offers good deals on lots of different things. We’ve purchased a few and then tuck them away till we are feeling the need for a little getaway. Our most recent Oferta deal was a night at Seagull Cove in Boca Chica. Since this is the off season, you can find some good deals on really nice places to visit, and so we went on a mini vacation with our friends Margo and John.
Boca Chica is about 2 hours from here and is a beautiful drive. We arrived early and did a bit of exploring while our room was prepared. We were pleasantly surprised as the person who built our house also built this resort, so many things were the same. The bathroom had the same layout and the furniture was identical to ours. Pretty funny. The restaurant and patio had some incredible views, and we enjoyed just relaxing and enjoying the flowers and birds. After lunch, we took a short cruise around the archipelago and got a bit of a show from what we think were flying fish.
The food was great and I found a fellow Rummicub lover in Sue, the owner of the resort. Dennis and another guest, a young girl named Angie on school break, joined in. Margo picked up the game quickly and now I hopefully have a new convert.
The next morning we said our good byes to Seagull Cove, but weren’t quite ready to head home, so we continued down the road a bit further to Las Lajas and spent the day there. The water was perfect and we alternated between rolling around in the waves and languishing in the pool while John read his book. Dennis had an underwater encounter with something that brushed his leg and decided to cut his swimming time short. We didn’t see anything, and I suspect it was a renegade coconut floating around, but you never know.
A note on the rancho. The barbecue and oven looks awesome. Dennis is working on the finishes now. I can’t wait to bake a pizza in the oven and try it out. Dennis also made a small feeding station and we are trying to attract some new birds. We have lots of parrots that fly overhead, and I am hoping to get them to take a break in our yard for a quick snack.
Kind of a sleepy weekend. Bought a few books (and cookies) at the library booksale today and then joined friend Lin for a cup of coffee and chat. Tomorrow will be a Health Fair at the park and our tai chi group will be giving a demonstration. Crossing my fingers that the weather cooperates. Either way, it will be fun.
“HE HAD LEARNED THAT IT WAS THE SMALLNESS OF PEOPLE THAT FILLED HIM WITH WONDER AND TENDERNESS, AND THE LONELINESS OF THAT TOO. THE WORLD WAS MADE UP OF PEOPLE PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF ANOTHER; AND A LIFE MIGHT SEEM ORDINARY SIMPLY BECAUSE THE PERSON LIVING IT HAD BEEN DOING IT FOR A LONG TIME. HAROLD COULD NO LONGER PASS A STRANGER WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE TRUTH THAT EVERYONE WAS THE SAME, AND ALSO UNIQUE; AND THAT THIS WAS THE DILEMMA OF BEING HUMAN.” Rachel Joyce from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye