Colombian Marriage Proposals in Panama

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I had been here in Pedasi a few months and was getting a little bored. Retirement is wonderful, but after a while of not having much to do, I was running out of things to keep me occupied. I had planted flowers, painted the house, furnished it, baked home made bread and created recipes for pies with local tropical fruits. I was … [Read more...]

Killer Bees in Panama and Why Monsanto Sucks

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Yes that's right folks! Killer Bees are in Panama and have been for a long time. Africanas as they are called here are seen quite often. The local fire station here in Pedasi makes on average a couple of trips a week responding to calls of Africanas colonizing in roofs, electricity transformers, old buildings and in tree trunks. We … [Read more...]

Language Hiccups in Panama. I am Hot or Oh baby I am so Hot!

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I had anxiously awaited my first trip to Panama to visit my son. In preparation I had found a spanish language learning site online and grasped a few words. A friend had given me a language dictionary that was literally printed on a fan. When you opened it up, on one side was Spanish and the other side English. It fit nicely in my … [Read more...]

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...]

Panama Border Town Paso Canoas

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Paso Canoas, Panama is the border town along the Inter-americana Highway entering into Costa Rica. Located only about 30 minutes past David, Paso Canoas is where many a foreigner goes to renew their tourist visa. Tourist visas for americans are valid for 180 days. For those who do not want to fly out of country, taking a quick trip to … [Read more...]

Melo Pet and Garden Supply Chitre

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Melo is most likely the largest agriculture supply company in all of Panama. They have agricultural stores in nearly every town where one can purchase anything from herbicide, animal medicines, fertilizer chemicals and feed. Agriculture is big business in Panama, as I often mention - crops and cattle are everywhere in Panama. There … [Read more...]

Speeding Ticket!

Speeding Ticket, Panama

  Every now and then the law catches up with you.  And last week it caught up with me.  After driving some-what successfully (only one fender bender) for over a month I got my first speeding ticket. You see police all along the roadsides in Panama.  In most (notice I said most, pay attention to the signs) wide open highway … [Read more...]

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

Clinica San Fernando, Coronado, Panama

A few weeks ago I had to visit the doctor.  I was fine, just along for moral support with a friend who broke her nose.  We were in San Carlos, Panama when it happened so we took the 15 minute drive to the Pacific coast beach community of Coronado to a private clinic that was recommended by some friends. Within two hours and for under … [Read more...]

Sasha Cole Design and Art Pedasi

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Sasha Cole is a friend of mine living here in the Pedasi area. She is a talented professional artist and university educated designer. Sasha has helped a number of businesses here in our area with their logo's, including popular eatery Smileys, and Pucha's. Sasha even helped me pick out the hip exterior colors for my house in Ojo de … [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...]