The hubs and I got to talking a few days ago about how different our lives are now than from when we moved to Panama. The adjustment when we moved from Austin was a little awkward because we used to be extremely social even though we worked a ton.
When we moved to Panama, we only had two people to socialize with…each other! We were friendly with our neighbors and began making friends as we became regulars at different restaurants, but found ourselves being more and more reclusive as time went on.
After four months of this, the hubs came up with the brilliant idea of opening a restaurant. Once running, we found ourselves seeing daylight more and more often. We began meeting lots of locals and other gringos that would make their way out of the woodwork to dine at our restaurant. We didn’t plan on the restaurant being a way to get us out of the house, but it did and many connections have been made because of it.
With the pesky neighbor to help motivate us to move our locale, we opened in Gorgona 14 months later. It was a huge blessing in disguise since we have been able to cut back the days we’re open from seven to three and we rent the house next door. I don’t think we could live any closer to the place unless we moved onto the restaurant property itself! How did we find the place in Gorgona? Through a friend we made at Paco’s!
Now when we open up the restaurant on the weekends, locals and gringos make their way into Locos. We get to socialize practically in our own backyard. I don’t know if that still counts as being reclusive since we’re not really leaving our property, but it’s pretty awesome. We’ve made a lot of friends and met other gringos that don’t normally head out to the monthly community mixers in the area.
What’s even better is that since we have a great manager and a staff he’s in charge of, the restaurant isn’t a burden or a headache. All we have to do is show up and have a good time, which is what living in Panama is all about!