So…a few weeks ago I outlined some things we expats take for granted, and a friend of mine here in Pedasi wanted a list of the good things. On that day, I struggled to find the good for the first time ever in my entire life. No, really, it’s true. That’s why I wrote the following Ocho List. But first, a word from this week’s sponsor:
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1. It’s totally tranquillo here dudes!
Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, so Goldilocks tried the next bed, and it was…oh wait, wrong story. I was getting to an Ocho list of why Panama sucks. Well, I’m sure others will disagree, but here goes…
8 Reasons Why Panama Sucks
#8. Kids on the streets
There are kids playing on the streets. WTF? Can’t they tell the street lights are on? Go home and…fear something. What are you doing outside anyway? Shouldn’t you be playing video games…or…fearing something?
#7. Traffic jams!
And speaking of streets…the cows cause time-wasting traffic jams. One time I had to wait like, almost a whole minute! That’s time I’ll never get back! I mean seriously, who let the cows out? Who? Who? Who?
#6. Panama is BORING
It’s soooo BORING here. Seriously, there’s absolutely nothing to do, unless you happen to like: surfing, body boarding, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, long walks on the beach, short walks on the beach, saving turtle eggs, whale watching, fishing, hiking, cycling, zip-lining, learning a new language, learning about native cultures, visiting a canal, visiting the building of a new canal, riding quads, being warm, chilling in a hammock, cheap beer, swimming, cultural festival after cultural festival, horseback riding, bird watching, gambling at casinos, dancing, town fairs, hat weaving, basket weaving, Hugo Weaving…See what I mean, talk about B-O-R-I-N-G!
#5. Nothing but parties
It seems there’s something going on every weekend with music, fireworks, and people having a lot of fun. This is a 3rd world country, you’re supposed to be starving and have flies all over your face. Everyone here seems to be enjoying life though? How can you live without TV? And internet? And a car? And an x-box, and Air Jordans?
Everywhere I go, people keep saying “Buenas” to me… I get on the bus and it’s “Buenas”. I’m sitting at the Claro store and someone walks in and it’s “Buenas”. I’m waiting at the doctor’s office and I hear “Buenas”. Who is this Buenas character and why is s/he so popular?
#3. The Panama Canal
Oooooh, have you seen the Canal? Pfft. Big deal. Nicaragua could build one of those!
#2. Terrible driving conditions
Driving in Panama is probably the worst in the world, and being someone who has driven in three countries, I think I would know, so just trust me on this one. And then there’s the pedestrians all over the roads, walking their kids in strollers, bicycles riding around everywhere, trucks selling fruits/veggies/seafood…I mean, are we supposed to actually pay attention while we drive? And where is all the road rage? Who do you give the finger to after you get cut off? Who? Who? Who?
#1. Panama blogs
Don’t you hate bloggers that talk about Panama, writing weekly sarcastic posts about what they’re experiencing while living in Panama? The nerve of them! How dare they try to provide info and/or entertain people.
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