Dynamic Dynamics in Panama

DYNAMICS. What does that word mean to you? In Physics, it means movement or motion. That is exactly what I intend for it to mean here, because the dynamics in Panama are absolutely DYNAMIC! I’ll share with you…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

If we look a little out of focus in the shot above, it is probably because we were enjoying a Panama evening of dancing, dinner and drinking (well, not too much), a Christmas celebration! They…


Ecotour Trip to Colombia January 2018

Join us for an Ecotrip to Colombia in January 2018 and have a taste of the delicious cashews growing there! Take a step onto the road less traveled to enjoy ecotourism and agrotourism in South…


Fascinating Amador Causeway

The first time we visited Panama, some 4 1/2 years ago, we were stunned by the sight of a large capital city with high-rise condo buildings and skyscrapers, which are home to multinational corporations and…


Norma on the Rampage?

I just had to laugh when I saw that they had finally named a hurricane after my wife, Norma! Although she is usually reasonably calm, when she gets her dander up, you probably don’t want…


An American in Panama Returns!

Just in case you were wondering, Yes! Frank Backe is alive and well and still living in and loving Panama! Let me share with you what led to the absence of my newsletter over these…


Rum, Panama-Style

On May 4, 2014, the people of Panama elected Juan Carlos Varela as President of Panama for a term of 6 years. His name has been very familiar to many (or most) of the Panamaian…


Giving Back in Panama

  Newspapers. There are lots of good uses for newspapers: To bring us the news, sports, etc. To make a hat (do people do that anymore?) To fan ourselves To cover the floor when we…


Java! Coffee in Panama

Who doesn’t love a rich, fragrant, steaming, dark cup of coffee? Well, okay, there are a lot of people who don’t love coffee–but, there are still millions and millions who do! And even though there…


The New Panama Canal!

Impact on World Economies…Opening New Markets! The Chinese Megaship COSCO, recently renamed PANAMA, is the first ship to transit through the expanded Panama Canal! Aided by tugboats, rather than the traditional “mules,” or trains, used…