As of last Tuesday, I've been married for a month. It has been a busy, exhausting month but, when I think about all of the things thay we've done this month I think that getting married and living in Panama are two wonderful choices I've made in life.
Let me see, in the month of August I started teaching Spanish to 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th graders at an international school here in Panama city (less than two weeks after getting married). I've partially moved twice this month and this week will move (hopefully for the last time) into a more permanent house. It should be a great place to live. I've also purchased a car and started driving in Panama city.
If you've never been to Panama you will not be able to grasp the significance of some of those acomplishments. Driving in Panama city is one of the scariest things I've ever tried to do, I have to admit that I feel quite proud of myself for even being willing to try. It also opens up the possibility to do a lot of things that are just impractical without a car. We even discovered a fantastic coffee shop relatively close to my work, a great place to meet up, chat and read a book.
I've started teaching and that is a responsibility that I love. I am thrilled to be a teacher. This week something very exciting happened. The International Book Fair of Panama. Ariel and I were in heaven there. The greatest thing that we discovered was a new literary non-ficcion journal that is starting up. It is called El Guayacan. I'm super excited to see something like that happening here in Panama. I want to figure out how to be a part of something like that.
I am excited about what is happening in Panama culturally and I'm excited to maybe get to be a part of it!