The tranquilo has returned to our little village for now after a week-long observances of local traditions and national holidays. But this is not the end, just a break. Other nearby towns have their local celebrations. I was in Las Tablas yesterday and there was much traffic as this city prepares for a big parade and festival on Saturday. Nearby Pocri has a parade on November 10th along with La Villa in honor of “La Grita de La Villa de Los Santos” (the anniversary of the shout for independence). The “high season” is soon upon us which means more tourists, more holiday celebrations, more activities, more parties, more building, more people possibly moving in temporarily, seasonally, or permanently from the cities and other countries. This will continue until the middle of February, culminating around Carnival.
There are pros and cons, depending on what you like, to all this rise of activity. For me, I enjoy meeting new people who have come to Pedasí. I enjoy some of the festivals here, although I do not like seeing how some of it has drawn many to accept a reason for public drunkenness and disregard of public property.
And the dry season returns soon, although this year the wet season has not been as wet as others in the past which will lead to a big shortage of water for many including animals, crops, plants, and even water outages for drinking and washing. We have experienced low water pressure and outages many times in the past, but it might get worse this coming year if we don’t receive much more rain this month. Mikkel and I have decided we like the wet season better: it is greener and somewhat cooler at times, although not too cool to require wearing a sweater (tank tops and shorts or sleeveless sundresses are still my choice of clothing year-round).
So as we continue into our 3rd year here in Pedasí (moved here in August, 2013), we look forward to new experiences and adventures along with being part of this community with all it’s activities. But I do savor those quiet and peaceful times in-between = “tranquilo”.