I suppose I should be grateful I have choices! But damn! I thought I had it all figured out. Dates planned, what to do etc. But as "they" say, everything happens for a reason. I don't know what the reason is yet, but hopefully it will all become as clear as mud soon.
My dilemma is this: Do I go to Panama as planned, but on my own? Go to the language school for a month and find a place to live while I am there? It will be high season so that could get iffy. I wouldn't need a car - a plus, but would need a place to stay. I'd be on my own over the holidays - a con. There's warm water and snorkeling. I can only stay 6 months before having to leave for 72 hours to renew my visa. Panama is closer to friends and family here. Airfare is considerably less but have to buy round trip.
Or: Go home to South Africa for the summer? Spend time with Mick and Debbie and Biff and Jules? I'd need a car - a con, but would have places to stay. I'd have family and friends around, including Rosemary. Definitely a plus. I can stay in the country as long as I want seeing as I are a Sarf Efrican. No snorkeling unless I go up to Mozambique, which is something I have wanted to do for years. South Africa is a l-o-n-g way away. Airfare is almost double what it is to Panama. But only need to buy a one-way ticket.
I'll be warm either way. I can work wherever I go. I have to sell my car whichever choice I make.
I can go to Panama in the spring when I would be more likely to find a decent rental.