And Now for Something Totally Different

Yes, that is snow. We are not in Panama, as you probably guess from the photos.

We are back in the USA visiting my daughters. We arrived in Seattle last night to cold but clear skies, and woke up this morning to beautiful, sunny, blue skies. This afternoon though the clouds came in and by the end of the afternoon it was starting to snow.

We spent all afternoon shopping for cold weather clothes. Who would think that one would need such clothes in Panama! But, it can be quite chilly at hight elevations and we want to be comfortable when we visit the mountains. And, it’s also nice to have these warm clothes as I sit here watching it snow. I don’t want to live where it snows but I’ll admit that it is really beautiful to watch. I’ll also enjoy snuggling under the comforter that my daughter put on our bed to keep us nice and warm tonight.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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22 Responses to And Now for Something Totally Different

  1. There’s nothing quite like being warm under a comforter when it’s chilly outside.

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  2. Don Andrews says:

    I thoroughly enjoy your blogs. Nice that you saw some snow as that must have been a real treat. We live in NH and have seen as much as we want for the rest of our lives.
    Speaking of weather, my wife and I are considering David as a possible retirement home. My research tells me that David is very warm, bordering on uncomfortable. As one who lives there, please tell me just how hot is it?
    Thanks.
    Don Andrews

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    • Thanks! I’ll enjoy the beauty of the snow but coming from NY, I’ve had enough too. I like warm weather and we lived in Florida for 17 years before Panama, so for us the David weather is perfect. Some of our friends find it too hot and prefer the cooler temperatures of the mountains. But that’s the nice thing about Panama. There is enough variety to make everyone happy.
      David is usually upper 80’s in the day, low 70 at night with a wider range in the dry summer. Wet season is humid, dry season not so much. The sun is strong so if you’re out it will heat you up in the afternoons. In the shade it’s comfortable. That’s me though. You’re from a cooler climate so you may find it too hot.

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      • Don Andrews says:

        Thank you Kris. Right now David and Boquete are at the top of our list. We plan to visit in April or May depending on when my wife can arrange the time off. I very much appreciate your taking the time to answer my question and warn you that I will likely have more as the time approaches if you will be so kind as to help out a couple of wannabe expats. One that occurs just now is the intimidation I feel about driving in PC. Everything I have read makes it sound like a nightmare. We want to rent a car at the airport and drive to our destinations in Panama. Is it possible to avoid driving through PC?

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        • Yes, driving in Panama City is awful and to make it more interesting there is always construction and there are very few road signs. If you are going to David/Boquete taking the bus is a good option ($15.25 each one way), or a plane (~$120) Then you can rent a car in David. Of course if you want to explore areas closer to PC this might not work for you. I know someone who hired someone to drive out of PC so they could follow. Write me at info (at) thePanamaAdventure (dot) com if you want to talk further.

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        • Oh, last question – no it is not possible to avoid PC. The international airport is east of the city and the whole country is west.

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  3. I bet Boquete doesnt seem quite so cold anymore…at least it doesnt snow up here! 🙂 Glad your having a nice time, the snow does look soooo beautiful!! Miss you!!!

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    • No it doesn’t, but here we have a warmer apartment to return to. We just went walking in a nearby park and it’s even more beautiful today, worth the cold feet to go and see. I miss you too!

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  4. indacampo says:

    Snow…ugh. I think the temperature reading on our car yesterday said 36° C while we were in Las Tablas. Luckily it cooled down to 31° by the time we got home. Love those breezes.

    Have a good time!

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  5. These photos are beautiful! looking forward to seeing your grandson, he’s a gorgeous baby!

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 Tuesday we are heading to the land of the grandson so there will be photos coming soon.

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      • Karen Ama Panama says:

        I’m glad you’re having a great time with your family. It makes me wonder how many of my winter clothes I need to bring.

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        • Bring layers and hiking shoes/boots. It gets pretty chilly in the mountains especially if it’s windy and/or wet which is frequently the case. We’ve found that outdoor sports oriented clothes are working better than dressier clothes. But of course it depends on what you want to do. I like to tromp around outdoors with my camera and the mountains are chilly but so beautiful.

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          • Karen Ama Panama says:

            We brought our hiking boots when we were there and our backpacks and I’m so glad we did. I’ve been a hiker since I can remember and it will be fun exploring Panama by foot when possible. Your pics from the mountains near Boquete were gorgeous!

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            • Ahh good, you have a good idea what you’ll need. Boquete area is gorgeous and you’ll live seeing it with your own eyes. I think the whole country has so much beauty and there is a lot to enjoy.

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              • Karen Ama Panama says:

                Yes Panama is beautiful! Even though I love hiking I’m always open to hear what other people’s experiences are because everyone has a different experience and all the better if I can learn about a new product or method

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              • Karen Ama Panama says:

                Oops I wasn’t finished! LOL. Typing on my little phone keys.,, i’m always open to learning from someone who’s been there. I’m already starting a list of what I want to bring. I can always scale back if need be.

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            • It’s hard to know exactly what you’ll need. I think everyone makes adjustments after they have been here for awhile. But it sounds like you have a good idea of what you’ll need for the activities you enjoy.

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  6. allison says:

    Kris, thinking of water and snow makes me wonder if you have any suggestions on brand of hiking shoes/boots. Or what will work when hiking waterfalls and trails in Panama. I have read that with the humidity some brands just fall apart easily (the soles fall off). I love my Croc flip flops but I am now wondering if “Skecher” type walking shoes will even hold up.

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    • Holly had some Keen’s that she liked that looked like sandals so I got some myself. I love them and wear them constantly! Now I have another pair, and shoes, and hiking shoes waiting for me in CA. There are other brands but this fits me well and works for me. We talked with Scott about hiking gear and he found that quick dry works better than waterproof. Chances are that whatever you get, you’ll have wet feet so it’s nice if they dry out quickly. I wear a size 12 so shoes are one thing I buy in the US. In Panama the only shoes that fit me are in the mens department.

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