I'm off to Toronto tonight. After a good night's sleep, Continental Airlines will take me to Houston, where I will meet my American partner and his wife for the final leg of the trip to Panama City, in the Republic of Panama. The current owner of the land on which we hope to build our Stonehedge Estates residential community, will meet us in Rovira Arriba on Friday. If all goes well, he will join us in our corporate partnership, and the lengthy process of seeking official blessings from appropriate authorities will begin. I wish we could just skip that last step and simply do what we want.
Life isn't like that, though. Wherever there is a government, there are delays. There are unnecessary procedures to follow. There are reams of paperwork to fill out and submit. There is work for politicians, bureaucrats , lawyers and accountants. There is aggravation for people who want to get things done, quickly and efficiently, without fuss.
We'll deal with it. You may hear me grumble, though, from time to time.
Volcan Baru, the inactive volcano that is visible from the Rovira Arriba and Boquete areas, may be grumbling too. It must have heard that I am coming to visit. There has been no volcanic activity from Volcan Baru for over 800 years, but there is some concern that it might become active again. Considerable earthquake activity has been reported in the area recently. Nothing serious, folks. Feeling the earth shake under your feet on occasion is a lot cheaper than seeking thrills and excitement at your local Six Flags theme park. And Volcan Baru, I hope, will keep on snoozing.
The whole Stonehedge Estates project is by no means a sure thing yet. There are a million things that could still get in the way of making it happen. Hopefully, by the time I get back after the 8-day trip, I'll have a better idea.
We'll see. Either way, it will be a break from the everyday humdrum, and I will enjoy the experience. I'll take lots of pictures. I'll post some to this blog, both during the trip and after I get back.