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We were walking a Coiba Island really is a hidden paradise in Panama. The largest island in Central America, it is located between the Azuero Peninsula and the Costa Rican boarder. A former jail and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it is an oasis to intellectuals, adventurers or scientists who want to really discover a beautiful place.

Coiba Is an isolated, protected island that can only be visited with special permit from the ANAM, (the environmental office). But if a person wants to spend a couple of hours or a night in a really secluded area, with primitive and rare species of animals, plants and trees, this is your place.

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Date of Posting: 28 March 2014
Posted By: Lourdes Townshend
We were walking around Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama, looking for who knows what, having fun exploring, until, absorbed in our adventure, we became lost. I dug in my heels, refused to go any further and insisted that my husband consult the map. As we did, we must have been quarreling loudly, for a voice came from the balcony above, a woman busy with something, talking on her phone, working on the net, maybe combing out her hair, maybe all three, I can’t quite remember, but she asked not once but twice, “Are you trying to find something on your map?”

We took a moment to answer. We were not expecting to hear unaccented English spoken. “A restaurant, ” we replied. The day was just beginning to dim. People were coming home from work, there were cooking smells coming out of the apartments, the evening cats were beginning their prowl.

The woman who we later came to know as Cherie had been under the weather and her throat was still sore.

“Tell me which one, “she responded, “Some have gone out of business.” Sure enough, the one we wanted had been shuttered. “Can you recommend another?” we asked, backing up against the facing building so we could see her better. Her demeanor was pleasant, eager to help.

She gave her recommendation and asked what we were doing after dinner. “Why not take tango lessons? We are offering free lessons at the Magnolia Inn.”

She was in her own apartment, in a beautiful building, and she knew the owners of Los Cuatro Tulipanes, as well as, it seemed, much of the community of Casco Viejo. She introduced herself as Cherie and said that her inn would be the best place to be in Casco that night.

We decided on a restaurant diagonally across Bolivar Plaza called Casablanca, which, like others at the park, used outside seating on the plaza. We took a great spot, away from a harsh light, and against the rail of the park. Once my husband and I sat there, the place immediately began to fill up, six to eight other couples and parties within 20 minutes.

Later that night, we re-traced our steps back to the Magnolia Inn, and, as instructed by Cherie, took the steps to the second floor. There, with a diverse group of expats, visitors and regulars, we tangoed.

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Date of Posting: 28 March 2014
Posted By: Jet Metier
Panama City Old and New
When Bente and Jorgen (Arne's sister and her husband) arrived from Denmark we took a short tour of Panama City, it was a wonderful tour in a nice, clean, large van with and an English speaking Panamanian. Traffic and tall buildings are both a wonder and an assault on the senses at the same time. Beauty and poverty live side by side. Old, very old buildings look as if they are disintegrating as they sit in the shadows of elegant hotels and sky scrapers. (The photo to the right was taken from Hilton Garden Inn.)

There is a Pacific Ocean view from most tall buildings. People and peddlers crowd the main streets, horns honk, and drivers cut in and weave out of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Yellow cabs are active day and night. Buses are metro looking in the city, however some of the brightly colored and individually painted school buses still traverse many areas of the city. It is a lively city with a mix of people from all over the world. Hotels offer good rates and comfortable amenities. Restaurants provide a wide range of food choices with an international influence. Bars and pubs seem to dominate almost every corner. The streets are often in some state of repair or disrepair. There seems to be an abundance of construction going on all over the city.

As beautiful as the sky scrapers are there is an elegance about the buildings of old town. European influence along with a Spanish theme fill the tiny streets along that area. The ocean laps at the sea walls at the ends of the streets. It takes you back in time and you feel like you are part of a bygone era.
The Panama Canal is a must see and expect to take up to three hours there. It is an amazing feat to see how the men of that day and age managed to deal with the design, construction and mother nature to build this marvel of economic and time saving wonder for ships from all over the globe.

There are many side trips to see, the marine life, museums, government offices, mega shopping centers, casinos. It is amazing and one or two days is not enough to cover it all properly. Even the neighborhoods with beautiful homes and estates are often close to crowded barrios full of poverty. Yet all in all Panama City is a breathing, living organism, and the old gives way to the new. A bright future is the expectation I have for this awesome city.

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Date of Posting: 28 March 2014
Posted By: Linda Jensen
Panamá has always been a country with warm and friendly people who welcome all nationalities. It has also been a place of transit since the 15th century, when visitors came with gold from Perú to Spain. Later, with the construction of the Panamá Canal (considered one of the Eight Wonders of the World), workers from all the world wanted to be part of this great mega-project.

Today, in the 21st century, again the world remains focused on this small but unique country, not only for the picturesque beauty of its environment, the nicest weather and history, but for so many things it has to offer.

And one thing for which Panamá is very attractive is their beaches and outdoor sports, including surfing. Several places are specially designated and known as great surfing spots in Panamá. The main ones are Punta Chame (pictured above), Gorgona, Pedasí, Santa Catalina, The San Blas Archipelago, the San Miguel Archipelago, and some other beaches in the province of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro.

Some international celebrities visit Panamá just for surfing, and famous events take place in these places for the pleasure of all surfing fans.

At the international airport, it is common to see surfers with happy faces arriving with their equipment, eager to feel the pleasure of great waves of Panamá.

If you don't have your own equipment, don't worry. There are places here specially designated to supply equipment and products for surfing.

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Date of Posting: 24 February 2014
Posted By: Lourdes Townshend
On Saturday February 15, 2014 I visited the new Butterfly Haven located in El Valle. Yes I am truly lucky & blessed - I visited a wonderful butterfly haven while many North Americans suffered thru extreme February cold & snow.

Oh yeah one of the butterflies even landed on my shirt and wanted to return to my home in Coronado with me (just 28 miles away)... but don't worry I was very careful & made every effort not to hurt this butterfly & I did not remove God's special creature from its new found home in the El Valle Butterfly Haven.

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Date of Posting: 24 February 2014
Posted By: Rich Novak

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