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Mother’s Day in Santa Fe

December 08, 2006 By: admin Category: Customs & Culture, Dogs, Noise, Santa Fe de Veraguas No Comments →

It’s Mother’s Day in Panama and I’m still in Santa Fe. They have a quaint tradition here that would be charming had I not been awakened at 5AM by a live concert 20 feet away after not being able to go to sleep because of the incessant barking of the abundant dog population followed by the seemingly ever present cacophony of the even larger rooster population. As if all of that isn’t enough, the owner of the hostal has a two year old that is the personification of the terrible twos and currently, a friend of their’s from Santa Catalina is in house with her 13 month old who is just learning to scream for attention while the 2 year old does his terrible two best to torment or physically abuse her. It makes me desperate to get back to Panama City for some peace and quiet and if that statement alone doesn’t say it all, well, there’s nothing I can add. (more…)

Drawing The Line

May 24, 2006 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Insects No Comments →

In what I have realized is an ongoing battle against nature and the elements, I have opted to surrender to aspects that previously fell into the category of never ending. And as someone recently said, I am learning which weeks I do NOT want to even be here next year. I beg to differ…next year, I think I’ll skip the entire month of April. Mayflies….swarms of them looking like termites or winged ants that you also get the privilege / curse of watching grow over the course of about 3 weeks. Just like watching some of the neighborhood kids, only in fast motion, these things at least triple in size, though fortunately, diminishing in numbers as the weeks pass. (more…)

Kuna Yala

January 05, 2006 By: admin Category: Customs & Culture, Insects No Comments →

I didn’t grow up with the Waltons, so Christmas was usually…well, depressing in a word. Still, while my son was young, I made such a production out of it in order to give him what I never had, that by the time he was getting computers and knew where they came from, I decided it was time to stop. So I quit Christmas.


The Eagle Has Landed with Gallery

November 16, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Birds, Bitch, Bitch, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Posts with Galleries No Comments →

And no, I’m not talking about Bush’s visit last week. Isn’t that what they call Air Force One? I’m being literal. Honestly, sometimes life in Casco Viejo seems to fall into that category of ‘who could invent this stuff?’ And everytime, something rich unfolds, it just feels like this little part of the universe is something more special than most.

Anybody Home?

August 29, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Expat Life, Learning Spanish, NYC, Speculation No Comments →

It’s almost September 1. And I thought I knew where I was moving. Hmmmm… (more…)

Easter in Panama

March 26, 2005 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Dry Season, Humidity, Policia, Rainy Season No Comments →

I realize I haven’t been posting or writing and offer up my apologies to those of you who are here for no other reason than that. My work schedule is so grueling and I’m pretty much spent at the end of the day. The good news is that in about another month, I’ll then have about 3 months off. Like a teacher, my work revolves around the school year. The best thing about the work I do is that I can do it from HERE!

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