Especially with the unpredictability of my job as a Field Consultant, it’s funny how quickly much of my daily life has started to feel like routine. Sundays are always market day – I set aside at least an hour or two to go to the market and to wash and dry all of my produce to have it ready for the week. Mondays are e-mail catch up days. Tuesdays and Fridays are days in the office with Juana.
And then there are the little things – walking up and down Calle Santander, Pana’s main street, multiple times each day. Cleaning and refilling my water filter. Tuesday night 2X1 pizza at Atlantis. Thursday night trivia at La Palapa. Sunday brunch and pool time at Club Ven Aca (weather permitting). Wearing and re-wearing the same clothes over and over. The (still somewhat unnerving) twenty minute camioneta ride up to my office in Solola twice a week, and eating at the same comedor, with the same three or four menu options, each day. Jogging along the same streets every morning. Waving to the same people – at tiendas, food stands, shops, cafes and restaurants I frequent – at the same time, and same place, every day. Campaigns, sales pitches, sales goals, eye exams…so many of these, all of the time. I’m still not always 100% clear on what I’m “supposed” to be doing each day, but somehow, I’m always busy.