When we arrived in the country last October we were surprised because we didn’t see the sun for the first three weeks we were here. It rained so much, in fact, that our first purchase in Panama was umbrellas.
Panama enjoys a sunny, dry season from about December through March (they call it summer, ha-ha). It coincides with the cold weather in the north, so many northeners spend their winters down here instead of in Florida. Smart. Panama does have lower prices.
A few weeks ago we went to our local churreria hangout to meet business partners over hot coffee and churros. As we sat there it began to rain so hard that we almost looked for Noah. The rain fell so quickly that the gutters and drains couldn’t handle the runoff. Soon the road outside became a literal river, as the water ran down the hill and sought the drains nearby.
Within a half hour the dry street outside our window had become a lake. Unsuspecting drivers who had parked in the low-lying area next to our restaurant returned to find their cars submerged to the tops of their trunks. Thank goodness it drained just as quickly!