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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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Jul 29, 2017 - Boquete

This morning we leave Panama City. We are taken in the van from yesterday to the bus station and we have a public bus to take us to David. The trip is 7 hours with a stop at about midday for lunch. The bus is very comfortable and the scenery alternates between tropical rain forests and lots of little villages. It's a grey old day but the scenery is interesting and between reading and looking out the window the time passes quite quickly. We stop at a roadside restaurant and just have a light lunch of empanadas, which cost a whole US$3.50,...

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The Americas

Jan 17, 2017 - Boquette

Today we headed to Boquette with Cliff and Yvonne. Unfortunately we ran out of time to go to the coffee and flower festival. We will do it next time we are in Boquete. Boquete is in what they call the green mountain highlands. There is a huge amount of Americans in this community. We attended a meeting to learn about the medical coop that had been arranged.After sitting there for an hour and a half we discovered that unless we lived in Boquete we would not be eligible for many services. Boquete is at about 1200 meters so our time there was...

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Panama 2016-2017

Feb 5, 2015 - Last Night in Boquete & Jazz and Blues Festival

My analysis of Boquete. The weather is very nice but windy. Don't expect your hair to stay in place. There are a lot of English speakers and even most of the shop people speak a little English. The food is inexpensive and plentiful. There are many restaurants from daily specials at $4.00 to more expensive fine dinning. The scenery is beautiful and the town of Boquete reminds me of what I think a small western town in Montana wuld look like. In my opinion the Canadian and American expats are mostly couples and have a fairly high income....

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Feb 3, 2015 - Solo Hike to 3 Waterfalls or My Stubborn Foolishness

I was determined to hike to the 3 Waterfalls. What was a beautiful day yesterday turned into a very cool rainy day today. I didn't know how rainy it would end up being and in the cloud forest it is damp and rainy anyway. I ended up only making it to the first 2 waterfalls. Besides the two young women I met on their way out, I was the only one signed up on the hiking sign in log. I didn't know I would be the only person on the trail until I had hiked up a great distance and just couldn't stop. I was very careful on the slick muddy trail but...

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Feb 2, 2015 - An Outdoor Hike

An attempt to hike the 3 Waterfalls about 15 miles ooutside of Boquete. It is a beautiful day and my friend Donna and I ride the local bus (really just an old van) to the traiil head. However the very steep climb was more then Donna bargained for se we returned to the mountain river and spent some time reading and enjoying the beautiful day. We did not bargin on there being no regular stream of returning buses so we ended up walking quite a ways (at least it was all downhill) until a friendly Canadian who had chartered a taxi to take him...

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Feb 1, 2015 - Coffee Plantation Tour with Richard Jefers' La Luna Coffee

The coffee tour was not just informative about coffee growing. Richard Jefers, a California retiree and transplant is trying to help other coffee growers and also the migrant, low paid, indigenout Indians. Coffee plantaions are closing all over Panama and the rest of the world because the price of coffee we pay in the story and at the coffee counter does not reach the coffee grower. Itseems to me a lot like the problems the dariy farmers had 20 or so years ago in the US. The pickers are paid by the number of 5 gallon buckets they can fill a...

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Jan 30, 2015 - Friday Night Going Away Party

My two weeks of language classes are over and It is quite a relief. It has been a long time since I have felt the stress of studying and preforming for an instructor and in front of peers. In those two weeks I didn't do much but study and go to class so now it is nice to feef free to see what there is round Boquete. And instead of studying , to visit with other travelers. I learned more Spanish words and some about the grammer. The verbs are hard for me and I certainly can't carry on a conversation in fast Spanish. But I learned more...

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Jan 29, 2015 - Indians and health in Boquete, Panama

At the Tuesday Gringo Meet-up with all the stuff for sale I saw a native Indian stall ( Ngabe-Bugle) and bought a monkey mask. (Halloween maybe? lol) There were beautiful items for sell and not cheap. This is the tribe the women in colorful dresses come from. They do not like to be called Indians I was told. Here is some general informatin about them: The communities of Boquete and Isla Colón (Bocas del Toro) heavily populated with the Ngäbe-Buglé tribe. The Comarca (territory) Ngäbe-Buglé was formed in 1997 when the Panamanian government...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Around town in Boquete

For three nights I have had to leave Refugio del Rio, the hostel I was staying in at $31 a night and move into Rebequet, a small hotel at $86 a night. This is considered pretty expensive in Boquete. On Tuesday I move back to Refugio and will have a private room with a shared bath with one other room for $31. This is summer break for students in Panama so families are traveling, also winter in the states bring many gringos and also visitors from other places which made booking difficult for me. Refugio is 3 blocks north of Habla Ya and the...

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Jan 21, 2015 - Boquete Caldera Hot Springs

It was a busy day today. Up at 7 am to breakfast and arrive at the Habla Ya Eco Tour office with some other students to visit the Caldera Hot Springs a few miles out of town. The mineral water springs are in natural surroundings on a private farm. It was a rough walk about a mile to reach the springs but so worth the effort. We were the only ones there. The pools were very hot and the river was both hot and cold. I just had to move around on the very slippery rocks to find a spot that was cold water but warm water flowing over my legs. I...

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Jan 20, 2015 - Making Friends in Boquete

Today I got up early and walked across town to attend a Gringo meetup I had heard about. I was surprised at the number of people who had tables of merchandise for sell. A lot of jewelry, coffee, and baked goods. By Gringos! Also a few local people selling 'organic' food that I considered pretty expensive, although I bought some. A very small zip lock bag of spinach for $2.00, 1/3 cup pesto for $6.00. Half a loaf of organic wheat bread for $3, and some Italian sausages $5. It is different cooking in a shared kitchen. Mostly you have to just...

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