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Casco Viejo (The Old City)

Protection from Pirates! Location, Location, Location The last time I wrote something here about Panama’s history, I was telling you about Panama Viejo, which was the ancient capital city of Panama. Panama Viejo was completely…



Wrestling Crocodiles in Panama!

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation One thing we definitely didn’t do for Christmas was go to the mall to buy new winter outfits! No. Having gotten rid of all heavy garments, we shopped instead…



MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!

What kind of currency is used in Panama? When folks travel to a foreign country, they expect, of course, that each country will have its own national currency. Well, here’s another great thing about Panama:…


CONTADORA!

A Pearl of an Island! When our son Nik joined us for some days in Panama, we wanted to go someplace where he could dive or fish, a place with “action” for a guy in…


Christmas in Panama

Hot Stuff! You’ve heard the term “Christmas in July.” Well, that’s what Christmas in Panama Felt like! This newsletter is obviously written by Norma, who definitely felt the effects of the polar opposite Christmas atmosphere…


Do We Need A Car?

Ride or Drive? Panama has a great public transportation system throughout the entire country. With a very few exceptions, it has buses of all different colors and sizes! Whatever area is not covered by buses…


Just landed in Panama

It was close to 2 AM when we left the immigration area at Tocumen Airport in Panama City. Despite a very long trip and the very early hour, it was exciting to step outside into…


An American in Panama

We, Norma and Frank P. Backe decided to get out of the Summit County cold winter – after 18 years there – and do our work in a warm and pleasant environment – Panama! Many…