Living in Panama

What it’s like living in Panama


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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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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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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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So…in one of the worst kept secrets since…sliced bread? Grrr, one whole year of blogging in Panama and my analogies are still sucking the hind one. Anyway, you may have seen some of our posts about house sitting. In fact, I just wrote a book about it too. Get your copy on Amazon today! Well, after house sitting in Pedasi […]

Is It Time To Leave Panama?


So…we’re city slickers now. We just finished up a three week house sit in The Right Hand…or Arraijan as it’s known to everyone else. Some friends have graciously allowed us to stay at their condo in the city, and it’s awesome, because we get to enjoy some of the Panama City cultural events the city has to offer that the […]

Panama City Cultural Events You Won’t Want to Miss


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So…we’re living near the city now for one of our house sits. In doing so, we had to leave Pedasi and take…the bus. I have a love/hate with buses here. I love that you can take them EVERYWHERE for a very affordable price. I hate that it’s still the bus and you’re at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. This […]

What I Would do as President of Panama for a ...



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So…last week I shared our one year of expenses while living in Panama – specifically Pedasi. I thought it would be neat to compare the so called “cheaper cost of living in Panama” to that of our cost of living back in the cold confines of suburban Canada…and no, we didn’t live in an igloo, but we did learn how to make pie […]

Does Panama REALLY Have a Cheaper Cost of Living?


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So…doing the math and wondering if you can afford to live in Pedasi or Panama in general? A few other bloggers touch base on the cost of living. Kris Cunningham gives her breakdown of life in David, and Christopher Powers details his costs of living in Panama City. Those are both great baselines for comparison because they’re opposite ends of […]

Can You Afford the Cost of Living in Panama?


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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, […]

8 Reasons Why Panama Sucks