December 2020

December 2020

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December 10, 2020

Pacific or Caribbean? That is the question…if you're looking to live on the beach, that is. And if you've been reading your way through your Panama Insider materials, you'll no doubt have noticed that we cover the Pacific coast more extensively.

Panamanian Healthcare to the Rescue During COVID-19

Panamanian Healthcare to the Rescue During COVID-19

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November 24, 2020

Chitré, which is about 90 minutes away, is home to several larger hospitals and a more expansive network of healthcare providers. With our pensionado privileges, the generous residency program for retirees in Panama, seeing our GP in Chitré costs $35. He usually spends at least 30 to 45 minutes discussing any concerns—in English.

November 2020

November 2020

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November 6, 2020

Will there be another severe lockdown here in Panama? We all know by now it's difficult to predict when or whether there'll be a spike in cases. Panama has a great many holidays in November, so the government is urging people to stay vigilant.

October 2020

October 2020

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October 16, 2020

My dad loved marching bands and parades. The slightest beat of a drum got his feet and hands moving to the rhythm of the music. He would have been thrilled that I accidentally became part of the Mil Polleras or "Thousand Polleras" parade in Las Tablas.

September 2020

September 2020

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September 4, 2020

On a quest to find the world-class Panamanian cocoa I'd heard so much about, I took a leisurely drive to the small mountain town of El Cacao in the Panama Oeste province. But the town was dry. An old man at a small market limped over to the counter and handed me the can of soda I bought. He smiled when I asked in remedial Spanish, where is the cocoa? Even with our language barrier, he understood the irony.

August 2020

August 2020

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August 11, 2020

Come down for a visit and talk to some expats who've been here a while, and you'll hear a lot of anecdotes about Panamanian people. Great stories about how friendly, helpful, fun-loving, or welcoming they are. These are things you'll learn through your own interactions, too.