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In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 11:

Welcome to Boquete

Panamanian Paradise Found It’s a sunny day in Boquete, Panama. The temperature is in the mid-70’s with a light breeze. Simon and I are working at the round table on the patio at the casita that has been our home for the past two months. Otto, as usual, is basking in the sun in the […]

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Panama City on a Budget

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 10: Although we’ve spent our four visits to Panama in the Chiriqui Highlands town of Boquete, our first two trips began and ended in Panama City. We haven’t spent much time there since Copa Airlines started a shuttle service between Panama City and Chiriqui Province’s capital of David. […]

Central and South America / Hints for Happier Travels

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise Chapter 9

A Very Special Wheelchair Donated to an FPI client by the Coronado Rotary Club

The People the Travel Brochures Forgot: Over the last three years, I’ve written at length about Panama, and what a happy and friendly country it is, and I stand by it. But, as with everywhere else, there are some less sparkling facets to this Central American jewel. In 2014, Simon and I were in Boquete […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #090] Biomuseo in Panama City, Panama:

An Ecological and Architectural Wonderland. If there’s anything I hate more than being cold and wet, it’s being hot and sticky. And as much as I love Panama City, it will envelop you an an overabundance of the latter year round. I confess that this was one of the reasons I looked forward to escaping […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #084] The Panama Canal Museum:

How One Dog Had His Day in Panama City. There’s nothing like an air conditioned museum on a hot, humid day. You can feed your mind while your body tries to recover from hours of abuse trudging around outdoors. This was how Simon, Otto and I ended up in the Panama Canal Museum after exploring […]

Central and South America / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #082] Panamanian Roadside Dining:

It May Not Be Fast Food, But It Definitely is Good Food. The car thermometer read 38 degrees. This might be considered to have been on the cool side, except for the fact that in Panama, temperature is measured in celsius. Yes, it was around 100 degrees fahrenheit on the road back to Boquete after […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #081] Shakura S’Aida and the Blues Conversion:

How Opening Your Ears Can Open Your Mind. “There’s too much blues and not enough jazz,” I complained during the 2015 Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival. That was until the 2016 10th Anniversary event, when I had the opportunity to hear Shakura S’Aida unplugged in a small theater, and WOW, did I change my mind […]

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[Weekly WOW #079] A Box of Chox in Boquete, Panama:

How a Los Angeles Attorney Turned Her love of Chocolate into Profit. The first time I met Deborah Gershon, she was offering samples of her handmade chocolate from behind a vendor’s table at the weekly Tuesday Market in Boquete. That tiny bite gave such a jolt of pleasure to my taste buds, I had to […]

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[Weekly WOW #077] Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus in Panama City, Panama:

On-Again Off-Again is bad for Romance, But It’s a Great Way to See a City. Two days in Panama City, and too many things we wanted to see; this was the dilemma facing Simon, Otto and me. Fortunately, City Sightseeing Tours offered a WOW of a solution through its Hop On – Hop Off Sightseeing […]

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[Weekly WOW #075] Celebrating Ceviche in Panama City, Panama:

Good Things Come in Small Styrofoam Cups. It was naked as the day it was caught. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. First, the shell and vein had been removed. And then there was the citrus in which it was “cooked,” the hot sauce and the small amount of chopped onion. All I knew […]