Just Get Out There!

We all know exercise is good for us, but we also have those days when we just don’t feel like it. I certainly have had a lot of encouragement to get out there this week though. I’ve been propositioned by three different men! Talk about making an old gal feel good 😀 There was a taxi driver, some well dressed guy in a new truck on his way to the supermarket, and a cop who had stopped under the same tree for a bit of shade.

It’s funny how we often want what is new and different. I remind these guys that Panama has absolutely gorgeous women. But, they don’t want that. They want a gringa with white skin and lighter eyes. I’ve heard that cultural differences can make such relationships challenging. Gringo men and Panamanian women are often successful, but Panamanian men and gringa women, maybe not so much because we’re not so good at the more traditional gender roles that are more common here. I haven’t had any success discussing this with the Panamanian guys though. They can’t imagine that a gringa gal will be a pile of trouble! Explaining that I’m married and don’t need another guy seems to work much better.

Another motivation for me to get out there is the beautiful scenery which I never seem to tire of. Now that it’s summer there are different trees in flower and other interesting seasonal changes.

Here are some of the many views of Volcan Baru below, our nearby active volcano and highest point in Panama (don’t worry, it is quiet and hasn’t done anything in 400+ years)

And, a few other photos from this week around Chiriqui

Tomorrow is Sunday, a good day to be out because there is much less traffic. But, that means there will be less men out there to pull me over and ask for a date. 😀 I know people complain about Latin men who show their appreciation for an attractive woman, sometimes in ways we think are rude and disrespectful. There is a difference between admiration and disrespect though, and I have never felt the latter. Maybe if I actually was young and cute it would be different, but at this stage of my life it’s not so bad to be appreciated.

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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14 Responses to Just Get Out There!

  1. ME BE in Panama says:

    Is the grackle in a white palm tree?


  2. Tomas Beard says:

    What part of David do you live in?


  3. Sunni Morris says:

    Kris, getting asked for dates, huh? That would be fun at our age but, you’re right, no one needs an extra man around and gringa women would be more trouble than their Panamanian counterparts. The men there just have no idea. Hee…hee. But it’s nice to be admired and found attractive as you get older. I think that would make any woman’s day.

    Pretty scenery too.


  4. Everyone likes to feel appreciated/admired at any age…you go girl! 🙂 Are you guys in a drought situation there as I’ve heard other parts of Panama are in short supply of water.


    • Yes indeed, thanks!
      We are behind on rain a bit, but not nearly as bad as some other areas. I think central Panama has really been hit hard with drought, so bad that animals are dying and people are really suffering.


  5. Robert Berding says:

    There is a lot of Spanish and Italian blood running through the veins of Panamanian men and woman.


  6. Really looks like a nice landscape 🙂


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