Okay, then where would you want to live????
Above- Yeah, there are some less than beautiful sights to see….
Fodors: “David…. has almost nothing to offer to travelers.” “…avoid David.”
Frommers: “...surprisingly few attractions to keep a tourist occupied for more than an afternoon.” “…hot and humid.”
Bradt: “…David is hot, humid and sultry year around, with little respite.”
“...shoppers simply get on with their business, too caught up in the melee to notice if there’s a gringo in town”.
Okay, we’ve all ruled out David…..as a tourist destination. That’s alright by me, I’ve lived in Sarasota, Florida and Honolulu, Hawaii- both great tourist destinations with millions of people dreaming of visiting each year. “Been there, done that.” Gimme a place where I can live like a local without all the increased prices on everything from bubble gum to homes and land.
So, why in the world, out of all the places in Panama to live, would you want to live in David???
I like Boquete and La Barqueta and living in David lets me get to either one in less than an hour. David won me over with it’s quick access to the things I need to have close by, hospitals, malls, music stores, etc. I don’t live IN David, I live on the outskirts in the north about 5 minutes from El Rey. We are basically in the country with cows with calves, chickens, roosters and dogs running free.
We live in a modest house in a middle class neighborhood where a couple of other Gringos are supposed to live, haven’t seen or talked to them yet. We have two cars so some of the neighbors must think we’re rich (a ’97 Mazda POS and a 2007 Hyundai Atos baby car) since many here ride the bus. We are FAR from rich by US standards but by world standards even the Panamanians are rich. Just depends on your point of view.Above- A very nice home about a mile from my house
I ALWAYS have been asked if I live in Boquete, ALWAYS. Never has any Panamanian assumed that I would live ANYWHERE but Boquete! I asked a Panamanian friend why, he said ‘Your skin is a nice color” (I’m Welsh, greying dark hair/fair complexioned). I didn’t quite understand what he meant but I got the drift.
Once we tell the Panamanian that we live in David, choosing NOT to live in a gringo barrio, the whole tone of the conversation changes.
You can tell that the Panamanians appreciate that you want to live WITH them, not separated by language, fences or attitudes. The vast majority of Panamanians I’ve met are friendly, curious and kind.
I feel accepted, and it’s a good feeling. Our neighbor, Roberto from Kris’s blog
I can only imagine how I would feel if people came down from the hills or from the beach areas to my town ONLY to get supplies, then run away from me back to their homes. I would probably get an attitude if I sensed that folks were looking down on me and my city. We all have feelings and sometimes they get hurt. Hopefully things will all work out for the better as we get more of this out in the light.
Coronado, Panama City, Boquete, El Valle and many other places are high on the list of places to live, perhaps David will be on your list if anything I write here resonates with you:)