Cruising through Carnival

Carnival is happening in the country of Panama, but the city of Panama is EMPTY. The place clears out. Traffic Friday and Saturday morning was ugly, but now you can cruise the city with ease. We were a little worried when we saw maps showing street closures that last from Friday morning through Wednesday... We…

Starting the New Year off right

We left Atlanta with temperatures ranging from 8-30 degrees Fahrenheit and landed in summer in Panama -- 89 degrees with humidity around 70 percent. We landed, headed through immigration and customs (a breeze with our resident cards by the way! It's a post for another day, but I feel like we are treated better in…

Christmas in a Catholic country

By some estimates, up to 85 percent of Panama is Catholic. We live just a few minutes from the impressive Apostolic Nunciature in Clayton (state funded and a bit controversial here). World Youth Day is set for Panama in January of 2019. Every housing complex, government office, local mall and even parks have nativity displays.…

Happy Thanksgiving

I was feeling a little jealous of all the Thanksgiving posts on Facebook -- the pumpkin pie, the turkey, the families and friends gathered together. I've had two Thanksgivings away from home. Prague in 1991 and this year. But then we took a flight to Bocas del Toro. My menfolk and I had an island holiday. Holidays…

Panama Patriotism

Flags and banners are up everywhere. Special programs are planned. The kids have most of November off of school... The Month of the Fatherland began in Panama last night with a light show, fireworks and ceremony on the palace. Photo is from Municipio de Panama Facebook page. National holidays in Panama this month include: Nov.…

Happy Halloween

  In Panama, Halloween as we know it seems relatively new. There is some trick or treating, but it seemed like the kids thought it was odd. The parents were excited though. I don't even have kids who trick or treated and I loved it. Dean's work had a festival last week for little kids.…

Woke up to a holiday

Good morning! The president has declared a national holiday in Panama today. School is cancelled. Government offices closed. Let the celebrations continue! Panama made it into the World Cup 2018. Last night's victory over Costa Rica gave the country its first ever spot in the World Cup in Russia. Travel agencies are advertising round trip…

Christmas shopping already?

Much like Black Friday, Panama hosts Black Weekend. I believe it is put on by the national tourism bureau, and it is promoted in nearby countries. The malls have been preparing for weeks. Even the local tire store is offering 15 percent off this weekend. We hit the AltaPlaza Mall today. We have plans for…

Happy Mother’s Day

This year's Mother's Day is bittersweet. Dean is in Panama. Jack is sick. Neil is tired. I'm just cranky... In Panama, Mother's Day is in December. Everyone gets the day off work, and it's a big deal. I'm holding out for December this year. Counting on a Mother's Day do-over!