Happy reunion

LOCATION: House-sitting in Panama City, Panama

WEATHER: Hot and humid again

Mac was able to have a nice sleep-in after having to get up early yesterday AM. We played with him in the apartment and did computer work. Every day I receive an email with new housesitting assignments listed from http://www.trustedhousesitters.com. Now that Christmas is over, there are more assignments posted. I’m applying for ones in late spring/summer 2018. I had applied to one in North Yorkshire, England. We did a Skype interview call today, and they selected us. Hooray! We are thrilled to be going there. It is near the village where James Herriott’s “All Creatures Great and Small” took place.

We took a walk around the area and had lunch in an Indian restaurant. It is strange to hear Indian people speaking Spanish.

There is a large Jewish population in Panama City. We live right around the corner from a Jewish synagogue.

And, our street sign in front of our building is in Hebrew…

There are a lot of ultra-conservative Jews that live in our building. Saturday (Shabbat) is their holy day. Per their religious beliefs, they cannot interact with electricity on Shabbat. So, a workaround has been created for using the elevator. One set of elevators in our building is marked “Shabbat” and on Saturdays it is programmed to constantly go up and down, stopping at every floor. This means that they can use the elevator without technically touching or involving themselves with electricity. Our homeowner had warned us about this….getting on the Shabbat elevator on Saturdays can mean that it takes forever to go down 31 floors….

Years ago when we were living in Gainesville, Florida, I taught in a boarding school. There were several international students. The owners closed the dorm at one point, so many of us teachers took in the foreign students as boarders. We invited a girl from Panama to live with us for 2 years. Through the wonders of the internet, I was able to look her up and we had dinner together this evening.

They took us to a high-end seafood restaurant.

George and I shared a bowl of ceviche and a seafood mixed grill with melt-in-your-mouth octopus, cuttlefish, grouper and shrimp.

It was a lovely evening, and so good to see her again.

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