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Affordable Accommodations while Exploring or just Relaxing in Panama
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 (the International Fair of David) is a yearly event in March. I hope to be able to attend. Great Photos
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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Panama Carnival Photo Slide Show – HOPE to be there in person one day
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 Pedasí, 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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Great Photos and Personal Remembrances of a Friend, enjoying Panama.
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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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.
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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WHO, doesn’t Love a Parade ?
People joke that nothing gets done in Panama in November because there are so many holidays! Maybe, but things get done like celebrations, parades, fun, and days off to enjoy.
The month began with Día de Difuntos on Sunday the 2nd. This is a quiet day when people honor the dead, reflect on the loved ones who are no longer with us, and visit cemeteries to leave flowers.
Monday the 3rd is the celebration of independence from Colombia. We have been hearing the marching bands and drums practicing for weeks, and this is the first of the holidays with big parades. I went last year in David and and watched the whole thing, four hours worth! It was great fun to see all the bands, all the young people dressed in their finest, and the very professional marching band performances.
Tuesday the 4th is Flag Day celebrating the flag…
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Muy Bueno, Great Photos from Panama
Yesterday Mikkel and I attended for the 2nd year in a row the “Desfile de Carretas” (Parade of Carts). It is a 2-day celebration, and although we were unable to attend Friday’s festivities, it is one of the traditional events we really enjoy. The town of Pedasí comes together to share it’s culture and history of oxen-drawn carts of the past, dress, and music. There is even a bull-run at the cumination of the parade. This year, the crown for the queen, Miss Pedasí, went to a young Austrailian, Lucy Carolin Pollard, exhibiting the assimilation of foreigners to the community.
Instead of writing a lot, pictures say a thousand words. My iphone camera seemed not to be working properly for most of the many pictures I took, so thanks to several of my FaceBook friends, I am able to share this story in a combination of pictures.
Trying to stay…
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Macho de Monte is an amazing river canyon near Cuesta Piedra, a town between Conception and Volcan. I met up with a bunch of Boquete expats near Dolega so we could drive to Volcan together, and I was thrilled when they stopped at Macho de Monte because I really wanted to visit it again.
It is rainy season now which helped us. The last time I visited there were steep sand banks and it looked impossible to climb down to the mouth of the canyon. This time however, rains had washed channels into the sand banks exposing some rocks which gave enough footing to climb down.
It takes a bit of climbing down a steep sandy hill and then clambering over a lot of rocks and boulders, getting your feet wet at times, but the reward at the end is so worth it! The river is rushing below these huge…
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