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The Tide is High

January 31, 2005 By: admin Category: Avenida Central, Bitch, Bitch, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, El Chorrillo, Expat Life, Noise, Real Estate No Comments →

It’s been nearly 7 months since I took my apartment in Casco Viejo.To recap, for the better part of a year, I researched Panama and was absolutley smitten from afar. By the time I came down to spend a month exploring, I felt like I knew the place fairly well; it was just a matter of seeing and experiencing the information accumulated in my head, making it real as it were.
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Flamboyant

October 11, 2004 By: admin Category: Avenida Central, Casco Viejo, Humidity, Kunas, NYC, Rainy Season, Shopping No Comments →

So indeed, dog tired, I arrived back in Casco Viejo Tuesday night missing both the opening day of post-season baseball and the vice-presidential debate. I had arrived in NYC in the middle of the Republican Convention. Those two flights couldn’t have been more poorly timed if I had tried. At least it wasn’t boring when I arrived and thank God the flight didn’t have a lot of people on the return. I think I’ll try to always book flights on Tuesdays in this direction.

I don’t think I will ever get used to the overpowering blast of humidity when you open the door at Tocumen. Even before that, the smell of mildew is present from the time you deplane. (more…)

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.

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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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