That initial trip to Pedasi was followed by 7 more in the next 12 months. We were hooked! As many new arrivals do, we explored. We found something interesting to do on each trip. From the International Fair in Los Santos to the Mil Pollera festival in Las Tablas, and to many Calle Ariba and Calle Abaho fundraisers, we met many locals as well as quite a few expats.
We were struck by the friendliness of the people and the energy of the place. Businesses opened and prospered. People came and went, some more cut out for life in a foreign land than others. We finally decided that we wanted a more permanent committment to Pedasi than just as tourists.
In early 2011 we purchased a home in the center of town and set out to integrate ourselves into the community.
Tom and Judi Gibbs and John and Mary Readel have been in Pedasi since mid 2010. Tom and Judi first came to the Playa Blanca area on an extended family vacation and made the 3 hour trip from there to Pedasi as a day trip. Intrigued by the beauty and friendliness of the area, they told John and Mary of their Panamanian experience and within a month all 4 were back in Pedasi for a first exploratory trip of the area.
We saw opportunity in the area and decided to make an even bigger financial commitment. We started building houses that were reminiscent of old style Panamanian homes. Then we bought what has become Casa Loma, a bed and breakfast next door to Pedasi Sports CLub, which we purchased in the following year.
We've slowed on the home building to focus our attention on our growing BnB business, and we're still meeting people, sharing stories, and having fun.
From time to time we run across a place that we think our friends and guests might like to vist. So, as we learn about them, we'll post them here. If you come across a place that you would like to share, please send us an email so that we can pass along your find.
El Caballo Verde is a neat BnB in Santa Fe, Panama just north of Santiago. Fantastic views in the mountains.