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

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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.


Skinny Dipping In Air

August 03, 2004 By: admin Category: Artesania, Baseball, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, El Chorrillo, Expat Life, NYC, Shopping No Comments →

I have been an insomniac/night owl my entire life. Even when I was a teenager, `they’ attempted to put me on sleeping pills. I didn’t like taking pills, the day-after-groggies rendered the price of admission too steep. And fuhgeddaboutit in NYC…my typical bedtime was anywhere from 4AM to 7:30AM. I seem to be very sensitive to my environment and there is no greater fuel than NYC for the busy brain syndrome. Perhaps it’s a `grass is greener’ thing, but I always wanted a morning and always felt deprived of it. So it is nothing short of miraculous to me that, for the first time in my life, I can go actually go to sleep with no trouble whatsoever. I have never been able to do that…never! And I wake up early here. I finally have a morning!


Avenida Central, Horns, & Keeping up with the Joneses

July 08, 2004 By: admin Category: Artesania, Avenida Central, Casco Viejo, Colon, Customs & Culture, Eating & Drinking, Insects, Kunas, NYC, Noise, Shopping No Comments →

The other morning, a friend phoned from NYC. At one point, she said mentioned that she had opted to stay in the city this weekend and my response was , “Oh right…it’s July 4th.” I love the fact that I had completely forgotten! When I was visiting Panama trying to decide whether or not to move here, people would tell me that, as a rule of thumb, you are either moving to something or away from something or both. I LOVE New York City, but I sure like me a lot better when I’m not in it. I LOVE America, but I sure don’t like the government there. (more…)

Living in Panama (6-04 with gallery)

June 30, 2004 By: admin Category: Artesania, Avenida Central, Beaches, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, Posts with Galleries, Shopping No Comments →

I’ve lived in Panama City for 3 weeks today. So far, the `likes’ are decidedly outweighing the `dislikes’. I had done as much online research about Panama as possible before coming down for a month to see for myself. As I assumed, what I was able to unearth…even given my ability to dig pretty deep…was a mere pittance of what there is to find out. (Gallery at end of post) (more…)

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