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Day Trippin’ – Cerro Punta

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Latitude Adjustment

New Year’s resolutions are so tiresome, aren’t they? More often than not, they’re about punishing yourself for last year’s behavior. “I ate too much last year – gotta lose weight.” “I drank too much – time to cut back.” (We’re working our way through an alcohol-free January, but that’s another story.) So instead of resolutions, we have a wish list for 2016. It’s all of the fun things we never got around to last year, and all of the fun things we want to plan for this year. The operative word here is FUN.

At the top of our wish list is to explore more of the wonders that are right here in our Panamanian back yard;  in particular, places we can get to in a couple of hours. For our first day trip of 2016 on Jan. 2, we ventured up to Cerro Punta, a corregimiento (subdistrict) of Chiriqui Province that is known as…

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Bocas del Toro Getaway

Reposted for the Beautiful Photos, Wish I was there

Latitude Adjustment

mapa-de-bocas_0001 Credit: http://www.bocasdeltoro.com

Like all travelers, we have a bucket list – hike the Camino de Compostela de Santiago in Spain, backpack through Southeast Asia, eat and drink our way through Italy, visit every country in South America, and set foot on every continent on the planet. And that’s just a start! But after six months in Panama, we’re beginning to realize we’ve just scratched the surface of everything to see in this amazing country. Now we can tick off one more item on our Panama bucket list: Bocas del Toro.

Bocas is an island archipelago on the Carribbean (northern) coast of Panama. It’s a three-hour drive from Boquete through an incredibly scenic mountain range (think Switzerland, only tropical), but culturally it’s a world apart. Everything about Bocas reflects this: the breezy architecture, the Afro-Caribbean heritage of so many of the people, and the brilliant splashes of color everywhere you look. Although Spanish is of course the…

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Casitas for Rent in Cuesta de Piedra

Affordable Accommodations while Exploring or just Relaxing in Panama

The Panama Adventure

Recently there have been some people looking for short term rentals, so I posted about a house sharing possibility #1, and the house sharing possibility #2, and here are a couple casitas for short term or long term rental.

Cuesta de Piedra is a small town between Concepción and Volcan. A Google Map will help you find it. It is at a higher elevation and cooler than David and the towns along the highway. The area is mostly farms and a lot of dairy cattle, and it’s really beautiful. The casitas are on Cedo’s property, and behind them is her farm. The farm has dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, and some plant crops for personal use. There is a caretaker and his family who live on the farm and do the daily work.

The bigger casita was a restaurant in the past. Now it has been turned back in to a…

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la Feria Internacional de David

La Feria Internacional de David (the International Fair of David) is a yearly event in March. I hope to be able to attend. Great Photos

The Panama Adventure

La Feria Internacional de David (the International Fair of David) is a yearly event in March. People come from a number of other countries to participate, and the fairgrounds come alive with activity. There are things for sale, things to look at, businesses sharing information, plenty of food, and fun things for children and adults.

We went on a Wednesday afternoon hoping to avoid the crowds that can descend in the night and on the weekend.

There were multiple buildings full of vendors selling all sorts of things, mainly clothes, shoes, purses, backpacks, and other personal / decorative items. I didn’t need anything and was very good about just window shopping until I saw an observation bee hive where I ended up talking and then buying a bottle of honey. (I was a backyard beekeeper in the US so this interests me) I was too busy chatting though and didn’t even…

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Reflections of Carnival 2015

Panama Carnival Photo Slide Show – HOPE to be there in person one day

Our Third Life-Pedasi, Panama

This year I did not go to the Carnival festivities very much, only to see the floats go by on a couple of occasions. Nor did I take too many pictures even when I was there. Having been in the parade when we first visited in 2012 and attending most days last year in 2014, our first year since we moved here (which I previously wrote about in my blog), I really wanted to stay away from the crowds most of the time this year. It has been over a week since Carnival ended, but I thought I would share a little of the festivities that occurred here in PedasĂ­, especially for those who do not live in Panama or have not read about it.

Anyway, I did notice some differences, mostly for the better this year. For the first time, porta-potties were placed in strategic areas around and near…

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Pedasi Beaches

Great Photos and Personal Remembrances of a Friend, enjoying Panama.

The Panama Adventure

The southern part of the Azuero Peninsula of Panama is known for the beautiful beaches. Since I was down there visiting my good friend and fellow blogger,  we decided to pick up another friend and blogger and enjoy a visit to some of the beaches in the area. It was a most enjoyable morning with great company, and the scenery was so beautiful. I had a hard time deciding on a reasonable number of pictures to share because I have so many that I like.

It was a short but wonderful visit to Pedasi, and I was happy to see all of my friends. I thought Allison was going to be away but her plans were delayed by a day, so I got to visit with her and her family on Friday evening. She has recently moved to Pedasi with her husband and two daughters. Look for “the Panama Pause”…

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Making Tamales

Mmmmmh, Tamales

The Panama Adventure

I love Panamanian tamales! My friend Cedo thought it was time to make some, brought home a bunch of leaves from her farm, and we picked a day to cook together. I have tried to document the process here, hopefully well enough that you all could make them using these directions.

1. – chicken. I have developed a fondness for the gallinas duras (hard chickens) which are much larger chickens. They are tough and take more cooking but have a wonderful flavor. Any chicken can be used though (or any meat that you prefer).  To save time on tamale day, I cooked the chicken ahead of time.

This is half a chicken and is over 6 pounds. This is half a chicken and it’s over 6 pounds.

A pressure cooker is a very useful thing. I put the chicken in the pressure cooker with about 4 cups of water, a chopped onion, a few sliced cloves of garlic, a couple Maggi…

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