I’ve been asked a few times recently about satisfaction among expats in Panama and what seems to drive people to pack up and leave. That’s a tough question to answer because each person has his or her own story. It might be the constant humidity, the slower pace of life, traffic (if they live in Panama […]
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Good morning everyone, I hope wherever you are this day, you’re staying warm (and for those of you in Panama I hope you’re staying cool). Today’s post just had to happen. I hear every single day that people are tired of the hype all over the Internet about how perfect Panama is. Most of that […]
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Last week, Thursday afternoon to be exact, I got dropped off at the bus station, ready to take a bus to Penonomé, which I’ll be telling you more about in the upcoming PFR Location Report and Video. Because it was the middle of the week and the family needed the car, plus I wanted to […]
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I was driving through the neighborhood the other day, and it hit me how much things have changed in Panama City over the past few years. I remember visiting Panama back in 2001, when I first married my wife. It was my first time in this country. I remember thinking there’s no way I could […]
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I’m back in Panama City, and wow, this past weekend was an exhausting, but terrific one. Marlene (my wife) and I loaded up the kids, the bags, and the snacks and headed into the interior of the country. It was a mistake leaving at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday (the start of the Semana Santa). My […]
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A couple of posts ago I wrote about getting a driver’s license in Panama, where I posted a ticket for my dysfunctional headlight at the bottom. Well, I’ve done it again. This time it’s a parking ticket. Geez, I don’t know what’s going on. I never got tickets back in the States. I’ll figure it […]
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In blog sites and in my email inbox, questions about driving legally in Panama come up all the time. So what’s the deal with driving in Panama? I’ll do my best to explain it here. I‘d put most people into one of the following three categories: A: You’re here living, but not working on legal […]
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Living right next to the Villa Lucre exit of the Corredor Norte, which is a major toll highway here in the city, is one of the greatest things about living in my area, although an expensive temptation. I use the highway five times a week to take my wife to her work located on the Amador […]
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First, I just want to apologize to any readers who have been trying to keep up with my blog. While I still consider myself a stay at home gringo, I have been taking a few freelance jobs on the side, some of which have taken up a lot of my time lately. It’s hard to write about […]
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Yesterday I decided to get my oil changed. It’s the first time that I’ve gone myself to get it changed here in Panama, but I figured, even with my limited Spanish, something as simple as an oil change shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Wrong. I pulled in to this auto maintenance place on the […]
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