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So…it just dawned on me (no it hasn’t, that’s a lie). I’ve been out of North America for over a year and a half now. Haven’t even been back for a border run. But being in Panama City is really like being in any major US or Canadian city. There’s plenty of options for: places to eat shopping urine smells on […]

Reverse Culture Shock – A Return to North America

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Carnaval Panama 2016 is fast approaching. If you are new in town, this is a great way to meet new people and experience one of the most anticipated events of the year while indulging in some of the local culture. Every expat has to experience Carnaval Panama at least once, and whether this will be your first, fourth, or fourteenth, here are […]

8 Do’s and Don’ts For Carnaval Panama

Panama Quiz
So…you’ve lived in Panama for over six months. You no longer sweat during conversations, but your dream of becoming a Pulitzer prize winning blogger has fizzled, or you discovered they don’t give Puli’s to bloggers (nor do they refer to them as Puli’s). But hey, when it comes to Panama, you know your $#!T, right? Or do you? Take the Panama […]

Think You Know Panama? Take the Panama Quiz!

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So…as we enjoy all the places the city has to offer, we find ourselves at Albrook Mall quite a bit, but rarely to buy stuff, more to grab a bus or the metro to elsewhere in the city. But we did get to experience some Black Friday fun a few weeks ago. At any rate, if you find yourself at Albrook, […]

8 Things To Do at Albrook Mall in Panama (instead ...

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Doooo, doo, doo, doo… Climbing up on Solsbury Ancon Hill I could see the city light Wind was blowing, time stood still Eagle flew out of the night Okay, so you know the song Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel above? Let’s play a game, every time you see the phrase “Climbing up on Ancon Hill” you sing it like the […]

Climbing up on Ancon Hill!

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New Year’s Eve in Latin America offers up some fun traditions to ring in the new year – and we don’t have to put up with Ryan Seacrest either! Here’s just a few New Year’s eve traditions that people partake in on December 31st: New Year’s Eve Grapes Did you know about the New Year’s Eve grapes tradition? Eating 12 grapes […]

New Year’s Eve Grapes, Gitch and Guys on Fire

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In the past I’ve written about the food in Panama being – well – kinda, sorta, meh. Living in the interior the food options were quite limited…Okay, they were VERY limited.  During the year we spent in Pedasi we had a few good restaurants that served some decent meals. Nearby Las Tablas had some go-to fondas, and Rosti-pollo #2 in Chitre was […]

Solomon’s Montreal Deli Raises the Bar on Food in Panama

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So…Cheli’s parents came for a visit and we arranged a tour with our friends Randy and Anabell Hilarski of VIP Panama Tours. It’s nice when you can support your local friends that you meet online The in-laws got to see just how things can unfold in Panama. We told them their driver would be there around 9am. To us, “around […]

VIP Panama Tours Gives Us a Tour of the Other ...

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So…I just got dealt some huge irony. I got more Irony than Iron Man and Jeremy Irons. Heck, I got handed more irony than Jeremy Irons playing Iron Man while mining iron. This irony would make for it’s own song by Alanis Morissette. You see, I wrote this blog about Disney coming to Panama. And it was a huge success […]

Disney Panama – an Epic Fail of Panama Proportions