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[Weekly WOW #055] Casco Antiguo in Panama City, Panama:

Ruins of a Once-Proud City Whisper of Its Glory Days. “This shouldn’t take long,” I predicted, as we stepped off the air-conditioned bus and into the Panama City heat and humidity. At first glance, Simon, Otto and I were standing in front of piles of rubble and outlines of streets, dotted with a few gutted […]

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[Weekly WOW #032] Between Two Oceans

Watching the Panama Canal Do What It Does Best. It was a heart-stopping moment. Although a large tanker or cruise ship would have been much more exciting, watching the four sail boats and a tour boat entering the Miraflores Locks on their way from Atlantic to Pacific was still very much a WOW! If you’ve […]

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

[Weekly WOW #030] Panamonte Reserva XXV:

So Exquisite, You’ll Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Rum. Once upon a time, I believed that the nirvana of sipping rum had been reached with my first taste of Ron del Barrilito, a smooth and flavorful rum from Puerto Rico. Then I was offered a glass of Panamonte XXV, and all I could […]

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[Weekly WOW #028] The Boquete Climb:

Between a Rock and a Harness. Unable to get my right foot up high enough to reach the next crevice, I felt my left shoulder seize up from the effort of trying to pull myself up the rock face just a little higher. With a combination of resignation and regret, I let go. Hanging from […]

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[Weekly WOW #026] Deanna Bogart:

Extraordinary Talent + Sensitivity + Down-to-Earth Demeanor = One Class Act. “Dry your hands,” Simon called from the doorway of the Hotel Valle Escondido staff break room. “You have a visitor.” I was halfway through the latest load of dirty dishes that had come down from the Green Room at the Ninth Annual Boquete Jazz […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 8:

No Longer Down in the Mouth ~ by Simon Well time has flown by, and it has been almost a year since I wrote about one of our prime motivations for our first visit to Panama to attend to some dental work. It is time to write the long overdue followup that I promised that […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #020] The Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal:

Taking It One Step at a Time It was only 90 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Magician, but they were very steep, I’ve always been uncomfortable with heights and there was my unborn child – in the process of becoming Gary – to consider. Still, I couldn’t resist climbing to the […]

Central and South America / Europe / North America

As One Car Door Closes, Another Airplane Door Opens:

Highlights of 2014 For the most part, the past year has been nothing short of terrific. I say “for the most part,” because C.J., my 16-year-old early 2000’s four-legged traveling companion, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August. And because as the year closes out we opened the window, and in-flu-enza. Simon and I are both […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #014] Sitio Barriles in Panama:

A Perfect Blend of History and Nature. While in Panama earlier this year, we drove from our rented digs in Boquete to visit Volcan high in the western highlands. But as usual, it was the unplanned surprise that WOWed us. Based on a conversation with an American expat in downtown Volcan, we found ourselves four […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 7

The Panama Canal: The 100-Year-Old Gift that Keeps on Giving What is a man-made wonder that has benefited the entire planet, and has brought a century’s worth of economic growth, tourism, political stability and a prominent role on the world stage to a small Central American Country? If your answer was the Panama Canal, go […]