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Mar 15, 2019 - Las Olas resort

We arrived at Las Olas too late to go for a swim. We did have time to watch a beautiful sunset. The restaurant at the hotel is quite good. It has tons of ambiance. The owner of the resort is the great grandson of the original owner. The property has been in the family for generations. There are a couple of large china cabinets that are filled with exquisite crystal glasses. As well there are pictures of the owners parents, grand parents and great grand parents. There is a real old world feel to this restaurant. On Tuesday we picked up...

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Feb 27, 2018 - Last days in Villa Davilla

We gave notice and began to pack. This was a challenge as we had intended on being here one more month so we had food for another month. Packing it all in the car (which was now properly insured) was going to be a challenge. We had a gathering on the 27th so all could say good bye. John as usual made margaritas. mmmm they are very good. As we needed to be out of this place by Feb 28 and did not have the new place until March 1st. We contacted our landlord and asked if we could get in a day early. He was happy to oblige. We had to go into...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Feb 19 more government hoops

Monday. More government offices By Sunday night we had most of the money and with two more withdrawals we would have the entire 3750. We texted the owner and said that we could do the full amount on Monday. Plans were quickly changed. Instead of signing a promissory note in David, we were doing the full exchange with change of title. As neither of us speaks Spanish we asked our neighbour John who is from Guam and has lived in Panama for 8 years, speaking fluent Spanish, if he could come with us to translate. John was willing to assist. We...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 15 to 18 We bought a car!!!

Barry was anxious to try out the mandolin and so we had fries for dinner. Well to tell the truth the fries were more like hickory sticks. Barry cut them so small that they did not resemble fries at all. It was a nice chip If he makes it again we will season it like hickory sticks. We will likely leave the mandolin here and order one from amazon when we return. Barry says, he is so looking forward to making campfire potatoes with it. This will cut off about an hour in the morning when he makes campfire potatoes. So we were not looking that...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Feb 12 to 14

It has been a while since we posted as we have just been so darn busy. We went into Santa Marta to get haircuts on the 15th. Im not happy with mine. It seems she only knows one cut. I like the back but not the front. and No there are no pictures. There is one of Barry's cut. She just tied his pony tail up on top and buzz cut the rest. He is quite happy with his. We drove up to Boquete to look at a car. Turns out the car was in rough shape. it had leaking oil, a lifter noise and the steering was so sloppy it made me nervous. The cost of the...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Bull ring and hitching posts

So we went again to the top of the road to see the bull ring. We were not disappointed as there were people in the stands although nothing had started yet. It cost us 4 dollars each to get in and we got these bracelets which state that our drinking age was verified. You can see from the pictures at the very interesting structure. Mostly bamboo but some metal which provided seats. The ingenuity is incredible. There was a lady selling street meat on one of those mettle cans but it was obvious that this was not her first rodeo. The meat was...

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Feb 9, 2018 - super bowl and more Monkey's and Scorpions

We decided to watch superbowl up at Captain Jacks with chilli dogs and drinks. We streamed it on the internet so we missed most of the new commercials. On Saturday Barry and I went into town. Bugaba has some of the most interesting shops. I bought a key holder from a craftsman on the street. Just trying to decide if I will chance bringing it home. It is certainly well made. The howlers came thru again and this time I think I got some good photos. We invited Cliff and Yvonne for dinner on Wed and an unexpected guest dropped in. Mr...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Carnival near start.

On Friday the 10th we went up to the top of the road where the new corral is to see what was going on. We were told that the bull ring would be on Friday Saturday Sunday Monday and Tuesday around 5 pm. We headed up around 630. There was not much going on, the corral was not finished so we were misinformed as the bull ring was not supposed to start until Saturday. THere was loud music coming from the basketball court as they had a stage set up with huge speakers which is typical Panama for celebrations. As we had heard there was really good...

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Feb 1, 2018 - Drive to Boquete

Today we had to drive to Boquete to pay another month for the car. The drive was uneventful but beautiful. This time we stopped in the welcome center to see what they had to offer. It was so windy that Barry struggled to catch his breath even with using the concentrator. We have decided to investigate renting an oxygen tank for the days he struggles. He does not use the oxygen all day like at home but he uses it when we are shopping or when we are walking around. I took some pictures from the visitor center and you can see that the area is...

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Jan 27, 2018 - Howler sighting and other things

So this morning I was hanging our laundry on the back deck and I could hear a mans voice. I looked to our neighbours and they were pointing at the howlers which were in the trees just feet from our deck. I quietly called to Barry to get the camera. The residents here calling them Howard and Horace but it appears that Horace is actually Helen. If you look at the pictures you can just see the baby's head as it is riding on moms back. I wish I had a better zoom lens. In one picture it looks like a person standing in the trees. Also included...

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Jan 25, 2018 - shopping

I love shopping in this country. The prices seem so reasonable it is hard not to spend money. For instance the stove I took a picture of it was s 6 burner with a large oven 299. Us of course. We went shopping at a Panamanian department store which was very interesting. Womens shorts for 2.99. We found shorts for Barry at 4.99 and 9.99. I could not resist a set of dishes for 14.95. The sets here come in 30\s not in 20's like at home. 6 full settings of 5 pieces. These will have to go in our ever growing rubermaid tubs which will stay with...

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Jan 21, 2018 - back at Villa Davina

So after a wonderful stay at Boca Chica we returned to Villa Davina. On Saturday we had a birthday party for Jack who owns the development. It was his 70th. we also celebrated Barry's birhtday. This is the second year we have been here for Barry's birthday.

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