Sunny Days In Panama – Where Are You?

Long stretches of beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze. This is the general image of Panama, at least in the brochures. Those of us living here, we enjoy wearing shorts year-round and leaving the jackets for trips into the mountains. We also love our rainy season. A much needed break from the sweltering days of no rain.

Here is where I must divest from the travel brochure. It is November, holiday season and I need to do laundry. Mother Nature, if you can hear my cries, please, give us some sun. I have band uniforms, baseball gear and generally, just need some clothes. Like many of my neighbors, I have invested in a washing machine, but as we do, I hang my laundry to dry. It is not drying. These are desperate times.

This morning, as my husband got ready to leave for yet another parade I was desperate to dry his uniform. I considered the oven, a nice toasty roast, but that sounded iffy. I don’t own a hair drier, which I have been known to use in the past. We didn’t have time for me to run around in circles in hopes of drying said uniform and the fan did nothing. So, desperately I searched the house and found the iron. Not my favorite item in the house, and not my favorite “wifely duty” but it worked. Who knew an iron had so many uses?

By the time I lined up all the seams and got all the creases in the right places, hooray, I had a dry band uniform. Now, if you are a professional with an iron this method may be tedious, but trust when I declare to be no professional. Ironing a band uniform is a tedious and exact science. Since I have not used an iron since home-ec class in middle school, it is a chore.

Band Uniforms In All Their Glory!

So, I hope Mother Nature hears my cries and delivers us with some sun, as I will not iron underwear or socks. That is just ludicrous. Please remember this post in six months when I am asking, where is the rain? Please give us some rain.
Yep, that is just like life, you always want what you don’t have.

Salvador Needs A Forever Home!!! – Adoption Is The Answer!

ADOPT Salvador…Every dog needs a forever home!
He’s name is Salvador! He was rescued ten days ago in the entry of Caldera, he was so skinny and with mange and some bites in his body. Dra. Chely made a blood test and he has tick fever, now he is with his treatment. He is so sweet, love to play with all the pack and he looks better now.

Please help to continue helping more animals!! They need all your support!

Looking for a forever home!!


Understand November In Panama

Ahhh…November and all of its glory is here in Panama. Put aside your work, your troubles and any plan of accomplishing anything productive. To put it bluntly, November is a long month of celebrations, parades and parties. Many government offices are closed or working on abbreviated schedules, streets are randomly closed for parades and basic day-to-day tasks are put on hold.

Lets start understanding November.

Banda Baru Famous Independent Band

November 2nd – Dia de los Muertos. Today Panamanians celebrate in reverence those that they have lost. The cemeteries are crowded with families cleaning grave sites of debris, touching up painted crosses and leaving flowers for loved ones. Don’t worry if you didn’t buy flowers in advance, the streets near cemeteries are crowded with flower vendors making a colorful site. Unlike many Central American countries, Panama’s Dia de los Muertos is a subdued celebration. Liquor sales are prohibited and loud music is a definite no-no. Don’t worry, the rest of the month will make up for the somber mood of the second.


November 3rd – Day of Separation. Today celebrates the 1903 separation from Colombia (also known as “Gran Colombia” as it also included Venezuela, Ecuador, northern Peru, western Guyana and parts of Brazil. Separation Day is not to be confused with Independence Day, although many locals, including my husband don’t make a distinction and just call it Independence Day. This is one of those times its nice to be knowledgable, without the need to be right. Expect lots of parades, music and drinks all around.

Love the little guys and gals

November 4th – Flag Day. Or simply, the day you will see nothing but red, white and blue! Flags stream from light posts, ceilings, balconies, cars, people, and animals. Don’t be intimidated by the national pride, instead feel free to join in the celebration. Just like yesterday (the 3rd) expect lats of parades, music and drinks all around.

Enjoy the local hot spots

November 5th – Colon Day. Yep, we are still celebrating the independence movement. The story is Panamanians officials bribed Colombian forces in Colon not to fight Panama’s separation from Gran Colombia. With no fight, Panama became officially independent and became yet another day of celebration. Get your party on if you haven’t already started!

November 10th – “Primer Grito de Independencia de la Villa de los Santos”. If you haven’t already grasped the independence movement, you have another chance. November 10th is celebrated as the beginning of the independence movement from Spain.

November 28th – Independence Day. Today Panama (as part of Colombia) celebrates its official independence from Spain in 1821. This is the “other” independence day, not to be confused by November 3rd, although, as I stated you may hear the names used interchangeably.

So, my friends, that concludes November in Panama. If you are still standing congratulations!!

NOTE: It is advised to find an ATM before the celebrations start, many machines run out of money early on in the party!