Category Archives: Panama

High school graduation Panama-style – Act 3

The dinner-dance was held at the posh private country club in David. All the girls involved made every effort to be the belle of the ball. Mine were no exception. Advertisements

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High school graduation Panama-style – Act 2

Last night was the actual ceremony, with the presentation of diplomas.  The heat in the gymnasium was overpowering.  There were a few organizational hiccups but everyone eventually received their certificate and yearbook.

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High school graduation Panama-style – Act 1

My daughter Keka (Angelica) just graduated from high school. In this part of Panama, at least, graduation is serious business. Three major social events are involved. Keka went to the first on Wednesday night – a dinner with all the … Continue reading

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The invasion of Panama remembered

As this country and the rest of the Christian world gears up for the holiday period, today Panama paused to commemorate the US invasion that took place exactly 20 years ago, on December 20, 1989. This morning, one of the … Continue reading

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Cara y cruz

I lived in Costa Rica for 25 years and have now lived in Panama for four. During that time, I have obviously gained insights into the contrasts between the two countries. Though neighbors, the topography did much to keep them … Continue reading

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Panamanian teens grounded…permanently

The new government has reinstated the 9 pm nationwide curfew for all minors not accompanied by a responsible adult. Not sure what the reaction to such a law would be in Costa Rica or the UK but most people here … Continue reading

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Anyone for a 99?

The new president of Panama was sworn in yesterday. He pledged to keep his three main campaign promises, the first of which was to get tough with criminals. He owns a chain of supermarkets called “Super 99” and one of … Continue reading

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