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Category Archives: culture
The Hassles and Problems of Living in Panama
If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I am really really happy in Panama. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t hassles and problems. None of them are a big deal for me. But I know … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Panama 24 Comments
Boquete Birthday Party
A good friend from Boquete had a birthday party a few days ago, so of course we wanted to go. It was a fun gathering at a local restaurant with conversation, music, good food, cake, and a piñata. Did you … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Panama Tagged Birthday party, Boquete, cumpleaños, Fiesta, fiesta de cumpleaños 6 Comments
TIP (This is Panama)
This is how I feel here in Panama and it is really nice. I don’t need to conform to anything, to be anything I am not. I can just be myself. I’m not sure where the picture is … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Miscellaneous, Panama Tagged Panama 2 Comments
Exhibition at the Art School
It has been summer vacation here, and the art school (Centro de Arte José Cáceres O.) where I have been taking painting lessons had summer workshops for the kids with all sorts of various activities like painting, music, dance, exercise, … Continue reading
What Did You Do All Day?
Umm…I dunno… I found the cable provider’s office, bought some art supplies, made lunch… next thing I knew the day was over. Getting things done in Panama can be a process. Even the Panamanians comment on how much running around … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Getting Things Done, Panama 10 Comments
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 … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Panama, photography Tagged biking, scenery, Volcan Baru 14 Comments
A Muñenco, A Funny
There is a New Year’s tradition in Central America of making muñencos. They are effigies full of fireworks that are set on fire at midnight, sending all the bad things of the last year up in smoke, and hopefully bringing good … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Panama Tagged muñenco, New Year's Eve traditions 10 Comments
A Fun Night in Boquete and Pollera Dancers
Last Friday there was a benefit evening for the upcoming Jazz and Blues Festival. It was held at the beautiful Oasis Hotel. It included dinner, the dance demonstration by the Pollera Dancers, and then dancing and music by Yella Fever. … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Panama Tagged Boquete Panama, Oasis Hotel, Pollera, Pollera Dancers 6 Comments
What Do You Want?
If you ask someone this question, the answers are usually fairly predictable – I want to be happy. I want good relationships. I want a good job. I want more money. I want all the things (whatever they are in … Continue reading
Posted in culture, expatriate, Miscellaneous, moving, Panama Tagged espatriating, expats, happiness, Moving 18 Comments
Most people find it natural to be helpful. This is very evident here in Panama where being helpful is an integral part of the culture and behavior. But, my good friend Deb in Nicaragua recently wrote a post about being … Continue reading
Posted in culture, Miscellaneous, Panama 14 Comments