New Zealand is in “el infierno”

When we first opened a few months ago, my husband had the idea of creating the “linea del mundo” pole.  For eachDirections new guest we have from a different country, Cele adds a new arrow with the distance and direction to the country.

Until December, the pole was pretty, well, sad, since it only had two arrows on it.  There it sat.  It was, indeed, a random pole, at the front of our building, well, in the middle of a small town, with the durable wood that Cele made sure he made it out of (Chaeli – it will not rot for 20 years!).  Now, if you are in a relationship, you know that you support your partner’s ideas at crucial times, like when you go out on a limb and start a business.  Linea del Mundo!  OK – sure! But, well,  I was having my doubts. But, I’m getting more excited about it-six arrows!  For me personally, it’s showing that our business is growing-slowly but surely.

And once the arrows begin to age, Cele says it will add a bit of personality to the pole as well (yes, I believe that is an excuse not to varnish the arrows).

The only issue I see, is that, well, New Zealand is straight through hell.

How we fought a valient battle (or Cele gets air conditioning installed)

We’ve been wanting to get air conditioning for our hotel rooms for a while – but didn’t have, according to the electrical plans – enough amps. Tons of paperwork later, a new approved plan for a new transformer and eight new posts in Santa Fe (come on now, really?  this needed?), a couple of letters from local Santa Fe politicians, 3 visits to a neighboring province’s capital,  2 visits to our regional capital, Santiago, a few grumbled conversations about bureaucrats, and a couple months later (phew), AND WE HAVE A NEW TRANSFORMER.  Wait, you didn’t catch my excitement?  Not blown away by the picture  – come on now.

Well, you’ll get excited about this – we got air conditioning installed in three of our rooms -woo hoo!   Of course, the price of electricity is about double that in the states.  I dread the electric bills.

And the end product - air conditioning (or aire in Spanish)
And the end product – air conditioning (or aire in Spanish)
Utility Line with new Transfomer
New Transformer

The Raising of an Hotel – Timeline in Santa Fe de Veraguas

Take a look at our construction process in Santa Fe, Veraguas – Reminiscing!

My computer hard drive, recently failed, and a side benefit of transferring files to a new computer (because, hey, you just gotta look at the bright side when your computer starts to make gurgling sounds and awkward beeps), I got to take a look at some of the old photos from construction of our B&B over the past year. Hope you enjoy!

For those who don’t know, my husband oversaw construction. Our wedding anniversary is coming up (almost 10 years!), and looking at the time series of pics made me feel all warm, and appreciative of him.

Pre Construction - January
January, Pre-Construction


Construction Santa Fe, Panama February
February – Foundation


Construction in March, Coffee Mountain Inn
March Foundation


Construction, Santa Fe April
April – Walls & Electrical


Construction in May, Coffee Mountain Inn
May – Roof, Welding and More Electrical & Plumbing
Construction Santa Fe, Panama June
June – Roof, Indoor Plastering and Finishing of Walls, Leveling of Floors


Construction Santa Fe, Veraguas July
July – Outdoor Wall Stuccoing, Doors, Windows, and Tiles


Construction, Coffee Mountain Inn Santa Fe, Panama - August
August – Painting, Indoor Fixtures, Landscaping


Hotel Coffee Mountain Inn - Sept
September – Continued Landscaping


Hotel Coffee Mountain Inn, Panama October
October – Plants grow.


Hotel Santa Fe, Coffee Mountain Inn Panama - November
November – Plants grow – take a look at the passion fruit!


Hotel Coffee Mountain Inn - November
November – Front