Tryp Wyndham Albrook Hotel – Centrally Located for Shopping and Regional Travel

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The Tryp Wyndham Hotel located at Albrook Mall is a great lodging opportunity for those in need of catching a flight from the regional airport out to other areas of Panama. Located just across the street from the Albrook Airport, one can wake up early to catch the early flights of Air Panama, with out catching the morning traffic of … [Read more...]

The Book Mark Book Store, Boquete, Panama

The Book Mark, Boquete. Panama

A few weeks ago my Kindle went out.  It was perfect timing because I was on the way to Boquete for a few days.  About 15 minutes before  you get to Boquete in  the town of Dolega (on the main road to Boquete) you will come to a great shop called The Book Mark. The Book Mark is the perfect place to pick up some new reading material. … [Read more...]

What Do You Eat in Panama?

Eating in Panama

  Probably the number one question people back home ask is “What do you eat in Panama?”  It’s a great question. Grocery stores are everywhere in Panama and they are all stocked with very recognizable foods and brands.  Every town (even the tiny ones) have a “mini super” that sells all your basic groceries.  Some of them … [Read more...]

Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama

Albrook Mall, Panama City, Panama

Shopping.  It's meditative and uber personal for me.  It's something I like to do alone and for hours at a time.  Even if I don't buy anything.  Just being surrounded by the fabrics and the colors and the things.  It provides a peace for me. Even at the monstrosity that is the Albrook Mall.  There's a certain peace that comes from … [Read more...]

Super Gourmet Grocery and Deli, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Super Gourmet, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Rumor tells it (and by rumor I mean Lorelai, the owner of Super Gourmet) that before Super Gourmet opened people would fly to David with mini coolers just to purchase a block of cheddar cheese.  Well not anymore because Super Gourmet carries it all.  From a fully stocked deli with salads and sandwiches to fresh produce, locally made … [Read more...]

Antique Bottles in Bocas del Toro, Panama


Back in the day Bocas del Toro was a chic, cosmopolitan town.  Private mansions, saloons, opium dens, restaurants and a slew of other business that catered to the banana industry were located in Bocas del Toro.  All these people and places disposed of their trash in the most convenient way possible, by dumping it into the ocean!  And … [Read more...]

Retail Therapy in Panama City, Boutique Regalos Cathy


After a long and relaxing week in Bocas del Toro I was in need of a little retail therapy.  Not without reason of course, I was having breakfast at the Trump and needed something a little dressier than a bikini and cut offs to wear.  I decided instead of hitting up the usual malls in Panama, I wanted to find a smaller boutique-y store. … [Read more...]

Pedasi Mini-Super Aires del Mar

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FOOD! What a happy day it was when I discovered the Mini Super Aires del Mar had opened in Pedasi Panama. My oh my what a thrill to walk through the aisles and discover long sought after food items and not have to drive to another town. Not only that, but the owners are happy to have your business and let you know it with a friendly … [Read more...]

Fast food in Panama


For those of you who can't live without the artery clogging and the heart attack inducing fast foods then don't fret.  Panama has an ample supply of McDonalds, Taco Bells, Dominos and just about any other fast food chain you require. While out shopping one day Pucha and I needed to quell our craving for some good old fashioned southern … [Read more...]

Department Stores in Panama – Madison

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"Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping." After getting settled into my new house in Pedasi it was time to do a little "nesting."  The closest shopping center to Pedasi is about an hour away in Chitre.  The first stop was Madison which is like a JCPenny's on crack.  The first floor is all … [Read more...]