Your Name Is? House Painting and Romance in Pedasi

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I had just arrived in Panama and within a week was moving in to my new home. The first thing on the agenda was to have the house painted. My son hired two young men who were at my house everyday for six days painting away. Needless to say we developed some sort of rapport. Spanish is a bit tricky in the name department so I wrote their … [Read more...]

Orchid Expo and Fair Boquete

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Boquete is famous for its annual coffee and flower fair, La Feria de las Flores y del Café. We visited the fair this year for the first time. The fair was as beautiful as expected. On our latest visit to Boquete, unknown to us, it was the annual orchid expo, El Expo de las Orquideas. What a nice surprise! The Orchid Expo is much smaller … [Read more...]

David Fair Chiriqui Panama

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Much like Carnaval, the annual provincial fairs are a popular attraction amongst Panamanians. Two of the most popular fairs are the Feria Internacional de Azuero and La Feria Internacional de David in Chiriqui. Fairs here are similar to the ones you will find in the United States. There are many rides for the youngsters and young at … [Read more...]

Pucha Garcia Interview Video

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At the beginning of the year I posted many articles about Bocas del Toro, Panama. We traveled to the Caribbean paradise on a surf trip,  excuse me - "working vacation."  While over there for nearly two weeks Pucha worked on a video project highlighting two things she does very well, modeling and surfing. Creative video maker from … [Read more...]

Sugar Cane Juice Guarapo de Caña

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Sugar cane is one of Panama's must productive crops. Here on the Azuero peninsula, around the Divisa turn off to Chitre, sugar cane fields go on for  as far as the eye can see. Around David in Chiriqui, near Playa Barqueta, sugar cane is everywhere. Large tracts dominate the low lying flat areas. During harvest time it's common to see … [Read more...]

Panama Presidential Candidate Getting Down!

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Ok, let's get one thing clear. Here at The Panama Portal we stay out of politics. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I am the last person you want to "get started" in a political conversation. I can go on for hours, probably days. We have a unwritten policy here to stay out of the political debate in Panama. But "sometimes rules … [Read more...]

Azuero Peninsula Los Santos Dry Season

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It is that time of year again. Peak of the dry season on the Azuero Peninsula. Like many central american nations, all of the Pacific coast of Panama goes through a dry period between the months of January to April. The degree of dryness in different parts of the country depends on various factors, but one thing for certain - no … [Read more...]

Just a little more Carnaval en Pedasi

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Unfortunately, I never made it to Carnaval at night in Pedasi. We go to bed early in this part of the world and since we don't live in the middle of town, the fireworks and endless music did not keep us up all night. Believe me, if I were living in downtown Pedasi during Carnaval I would have had to cave in and join the party till the wee … [Read more...]

Julio Sanche Legendary Chitre Car Mechanic

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It is common to hear both expats and Panamanians gripe about the slow pace or incompetence of many of the “professionals” here in Panama. Utility companies, government bureacracies, contractors, architects, engineers, lawyers, any profession in any country has it’s good and bad. In the case of a foreign expat, many times it is just a … [Read more...]

Baba House Local Artisan Pedasi

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Traveling around the different tourist areas of Panama one will quickly notice many street artisans selling their work Baba, real name Elvis, is one of Pedasi's most talented hand-craftsman when it comes to natural material fashion accessories. Baba and his girlfriend have a shop set  up at their house and many days are at the beaches … [Read more...]