Feria Internacional de Azuero

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La Feria Internacional de Azuero is the peninsulas version of a country fair. Held each year in the town of Los Santos (near Chitre), the Azuero fair attracts people from all over the country. Just like the Feria Internacional de David, Azuero's International Fair is made up of nearly every type of business vendor. Local craftsmen … [Read more...]

Discovering Surfing Talents End of Summer Party

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To be young again, wouldn't it be nice. Play, eat, repeat. Play, eat, repeat. Those were the days! At the Discovering Surfing Talents end of Summer Party - play, eat, repeat was the itinerary for the kids in attendance. There was a BBQ, a birthday party complete with a piñata full of candy, a soccer field and multiple trampolines to … [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...]

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...]

Carnival at night, Los Santos, Panama

Carnivale at night

Carnival at night is a sight to see. Carnaval is always a sight to see but at night everything is shinier, glitzier and more glamorous.  This year I celebrated in Los Santos on the Azuero Peninsula.  The day time festivities are crazy, complete with water-soaked street parties. But when the sun goes down...that's when the real party … [Read more...]

Vice President Juan Carlos Varela

Vice President Juan Carlos Varela

Accessibility.  That's what is really great about Panama.  It is so easy to just meet random people. And sometimes that random person is quite famous. Insert current Panamanian Vice President Juan Carlos Varela.  Now in all honesty, I had no idea who he was until a friend of mine pointed him out and insisted I have my photo taken with … [Read more...]

Carnival in Los Santos, Panama…in the thick of the action

Ever go to a parade and think, "DANG!  These barricades that are here for my safety are really getting in the way of me being a part of the action." Well in Panama, that doesn't happen.  You want to be a part of the action, you just jump right in!  Dance, march, sing or shout!  You can be as involved and as close as you want to be! I … [Read more...]

Carnival in Los Santos, Panama, Culecos

Carnival in Panama only comes once a year. Thank goodness.  I was fortunate to spend a few days with friends in the neighboring town of Los Santos. It was an absolute blast. One of the highlights of the event for me was crossing off a couple of things on my bucket list.  One of those things was to have a crowd of people chant my name. … [Read more...]

Pedasi Carnaval

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It’s that time of year again! Panama Carnaval craziness is in full swing. The entire country is on vacation and many amongst the population are getting their drink on. The Azuero Peninsula is the heart of festivities during Carnaval. Las Tablas, Chitre, Los Santos and Pedasi are swollen with partying Panamanians. Yes at this very … [Read more...]

Carnaval in Panama, Pedasi, Los Santos Province

Carnival in Panama, Pedasi, Los Santos Province

Panamanian Carnaval is considered the second largest festival in the world...OF ALL FESTIVALS.  And where is the center of the action? Right here, in the Los Santos province of Panama, particularly Pedasi...my home...where I live. Carnaval is celebrated throughout the country of Panama but the festivities in this part of the country … [Read more...]