Life as an Expat…the bumps, the bothers, the beauty

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God lives by the Bust of Bolivar

August 27, 2004 By: admin Category: Beaches, Casco Viejo, Dogs, NYC, Spirituality No Comments →

Well, some time ago I spoke of my political position, but only as it applied to my decision to leave the US. Thought now might be a good time to address religion, or my lack thereof. When I left NYC, at first, I couldn’t get over how friendly folks were in NC…strangers seemed always ready and willing to strike up a chat. I quickly realized they had an agenda once they found out I was new in town. “Come to our church!” After awhile, I got so tired of it that I came up with a handy response designed to get the response I wanted, “I haven’t been to church since April of 1975, thank God!” Seemed to always do the trick.


Warm Pool, Cool Night

August 23, 2004 By: admin Category: Artesania, Avenida Central, Baseball, Casco Viejo, Dogs, Grocery Shopping, Rainy Season No Comments →

For some reason, I feel absolutely every little thing that touches my skin. At first, I thought that was simply my bug/mosquito paranoia. I don’t think so. Most of the time, I look to see what it is and it’s a piece of hair or a string or something innocuous. But it feels so vivid. Wondering why this wasn’t the case in NYC, it’s probably two-fold. First, I rarely went sleeveless or wore shorts nearly as much as I do here and therefore my skin wasn’t exposed to feel it. But also, there just aren’t many bugs in NYC and there, I spent so much more time indoors that bugs weren’t a normal part of awareness. And here, those pesky little hormigas (ants) that are everywhere will sting! Those don’t raise a welt, but for an instant, it’s as though a burning hot needle was poked into my skin that causes me to simultaneously itch…just for a moment. Still, I think the climate has something to do with what feels like increased sensitivity.


My 5 Minute Real Estate Career and Turtle Eggs for Supper

August 13, 2004 By: admin Category: Artesania, Bocas, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Dogs, Manana Culture, Noise, Real Estate No Comments →

Yeah…the Panamanian attitude of Manana is hitting me. Actually, when I opened this, it was in lieu of having the skill set to build a website and horrible baggage from nightmares with developers in my all too current previous life in NYC. So it was mainly for sharing my photos and journals as opposed to me expecting it to get the kind of activity VEW and CEW and AIP get. Having said that, I do hope to put together a killer website that might offer a lot of comprehensive information without soliciting tour packages or hiding behind fake magazines to sell overpriced real estate, etc.


A double killing in Casco Viejo

July 23, 2004 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Dogs, Manana Culture, NYC, Noise No Comments →

July 23, 2004…There was a double killing in Casco Viejo last night and all I can say is `two down, one to go.’ Someone poisoned two dogs in the building next door a couple of hours after I was tempted to post on a Yahoo board to find out what the consequences of killing the neighbor’s dogs might be. Now before you get the wrong idea, I do consider myself a dog person. But the incessant barking for weeks on end was enough to make me want to kill. (more…)


July 12, 2004 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Dogs, Rainy Season No Comments →

July 8th, 2004

This was a magical morning. I borrowed the neighbor’s dog, a wonderful Springer Spaniel named Manuela. She and I walked for an hour beginning at 8AM. Virtually no one is out in my neighborhood at that hour, at least not on a rainy morning. The intense thunderstorm woke me up at 5AM. The lightening seems to crack as though it’s just hit your building followed immediately by the immense rolling boom of thunder. It’s so loud you know it’s in your neighborhood, not simply
nearby. (more…)

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