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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Want to Meet-Up with Artist~ on the Panama forum on October 21, 2014:
enegylisa27 initially posted:
Good Day all~ so I am wondering where are the artist here? SIngers, Dancers, Musicians? etc I would like to meet like minded creative beings here in Panama, thinking about heading down to the strip in the city that oversees the Ocean (around all the hotels) GReat-- let me know
MaryAnnR replied 11 hours ago with:
Young Expats in Panama (YEP) sponsors live music events in PC hotels. The newsletters are free. To sign up: youngexpatsinpanama.com www.facebook/YoungExpatsinPanama YEP also sponsors other activities for active expats and locals.
llseldon replied 15 hours ago with:
There are jazz tests in P.C. In January. Check the Internet for details. Panama Lu
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property in PanamaPermanent Real Estate Exchange: my Panama house for your townhouse or condo preferably in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden or Denver. I own my property free and clear; if you do yours as well, let's swap!
tbh replied to the thread Arrival time in PC on the Panama forum on October 20, 2014:
tbh initially posted:
I've been on the Costa Rica forum for several months but now I'm interested in Panama, too. Initially two questions, both unrelated to each other. 1) I'm planning the flight for my first visit and my choices for arrival times in PC are: about 3pm or 10pm. I plan to stay in a hotel in the PC area the first night, preferably around Albrook so I can get out of town the next day on the bus or by car. My question: because of the traffic I've already heard about, which of those times would be preferable. I'd rather cross the city during daytime but I don't want to sit in a traffic jam. 2) I've already read on various forums some political rants, usually extreme. I'd like to know if there is any generalization you can make regarding the expat position regarding values/politics. I'm sure there are many on each of right, center, and left but I'd like to know if it leans heavily one way or the other. I'm not fond of either extreme. Thanks
tbh replied on October 20, 2014 with:
It's all settled. I chose the Delta flight arriving just before 10pm. It will be the most convenient considering everything from my home base to PTY. Staying the first night at the Country Inn, also the last 2 nights. I'll use the bus to get out to the David District and then I'll decide if I want to rent a car for local running around in Chiriqui province. Wingin' it for everything else, at least at this time. So I followed a lot of the advice given to me here. Thanks for your help.
GlamBabe replied on October 19, 2014 with:
Whoops that was supposed to be a PM. But since it was posted if you need anything call.....(Just a general expats helping expats thing)
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HummerB replied to the thread Mountain living on the Panama forum on October 20, 2014:
tbh initially posted:
In recent months I've been leaning away from moving to Costa Rica and now looking at Panama. I will make my first trip to Panama in January 2015 with the intent of visiting possible areas in which to live. I prefer living in the mountains for moderate temperatures but would like to have access to shopping for the few things I can't get locally, and being able to visit the water once in a while would be nice. I'd like a mix of expats and locals. So far, the areas I know about are Volcán, Boquete, Santa Fe (more remote) and El Valle. Are there others that I should know about? Thanks.
HummerB replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Altos de Cerro Azul is an easy drive from the city. Maybe you'll like it. Good luck in your search. ( the chicken farms are part of the landscape and a big employer for the locals. the community is higher up the mountain and the smell doesn't reach that far.)
tbh replied on October 20, 2014 with:
HummerB I took a look at Cerro Azul and it certainly looks like a beautiful setting with great views. However, I think it is a little too remote for my needs. The other thing I noticed was the focus there seems to be on buying a piece of property and that is contrary to my plan at this time. I plan to rent for the indefinite future because it gives me much more flexibility and I need that, particularly in the early going. A piece of real estate would have to be a veritable steal to tempt me. By the way, are you upwind of the chickens? Thanks for your input. Still open to suggestions.
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iguanalover posted continued flooding on the Panama forum on October 20, 2014:
Heavy rains have continued. It rained all night last night, again. As of today, 22 people have died in the floods and 30,000 have lost their homes. Over 5,000 are in shelters as their homes have been heavily damaged. Whole villages in Ometepe are no longer there. It has been a sad time in Nicaland.
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blindave13 posted 43-year-old blind male looking for new home on the Panama forum on October 20, 2014:
or maybe elsewhere in central or south America? I am being priced out of the states and honestly am looking to start over somewhere new I am a 43-year-old blind mail on Social Security disability of about 1300 a month. I posted this question in Ecuador form and got negative replies so I am thinking about my second choice, Panama. Are there any expatriate communities in Panama that would be good for a blind person on my income
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LeftClique replied to the thread Border Hop Information for Perpetual Tourists on the Panama forum:
panamajames initially posted:
People ask me all the time, tell me about stamping in and stamping out in Costa Rica. Three crossing stations serve to accommodate Panama-Costa Rica travelers: Paso Canoas on the Pacific side.................... One of the busiest border crossings in Central America, and potentially the most confusing – you can easily drive over the border without realizing it. On the Costa Rica side, you’ll find a bustling town full of shops and restaurants, whereas the Panama side is little more than a few border crossing with offices that look much the same as the other buildings nearby. Non-Spanish speaking travelers crossing at Paso Canoas might benefit from the aid of a translator. With proper preparations, the entire process should only take about 45 minutes. I have seen people there for hours on end............ Rio Sereno on the Pacific side................................................................. In contrast to Paso Canoas, this border crossing station is low on traffic and high on diligence. Some people describe Rio Sereno as “the best, cleanest, and friendliest crossing of the three.” Limited supply of computer equipment there, if you are feeling a little dodgy about life and times, that day. If your gadgets are low on juice, rest a moment in the gazebo in Rio Sereno’s central park, where you’ll find free wi-fi and electrical outlets, although you may have to compete with schoolchildren for a chance to plug in................................. When crossing at Rio Sereno, you will need to provide a copy of your passport’s face page – not a law, but you won’t get very far by refusing to comply. Officials with little better to do than conduct thorough vehicle and baggage inspections may come off as overzealous; failure to present proof of insurance on a privately-owned vehicle could result in an unplanned trip to Paso Canoas. There are tow trucks galore in Paso Canoas with a seedy group of teethless drivers, just waiting to haul away your vehicle if you don't have the proper papers. And you better get it out of the compound quickly as it is a great daily expense to have your vehicle, stay over in their luxurious compounds. Don't leave anything in the vehicle that you would like to see again. I had friends who left their Tab and iPhone and laptop in their car as they felt it wouldn't take too long to straighten this mess up, and of course, these items were never seen again. However, if your documents are in order, you should enjoy a swift 30-minute crossing at Rio Sereno. My recommendations are never to take a Panama car, over to Costa Rica. You really have to know your stuff.......... Sixaola/Guabito on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side............................................................... You’ll find this off-the-beaten-path option to be fairly relaxed and straightforward. At Sixaola/Guabito, adventure travelers get the added bonus of walking over wooden planks of the former railroad bridge that takes you between Panama and Costa Rica. When to Go.................................................... Paso Canoas is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Costa Rica side) or 11 p.m. (Panama side) every day. For a busy border crossing station like this one, it is recommended you time your arrival for noon or later – early morning border crossings take longer due to commercial truck traffic. Rio Sereno and Sixaola/Guabito border crossing stations are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunchtime closings at Rio Sereno (noon to 1 p.m. Panama time) give you an opportunity to pick up a few necessary items, do some shopping, or grab a bite yourself at an open-air restaurant on the Panama side of this border crossing station.
LeftClique replied on October 20, 2014 with:
Hello again, Mary. I had already seen the link you provided, but I read it again, several times. Maybe I misunderstand, but as I read it, a Friendly Nations visa requires having $5,000 in a Panama bank, PLUS a job with a Panamanian company and/or owning a Panamanian business. Do you, or anyone else here, have a Friendly Nations visa? Thanks!
MaryAnnR replied on October 19, 2014 with:
www.panama-immigration-services.com/friendly-nations-visa or contact, via email, a Panama attorney for more specific information. Immigration attorneys do not charge for visa information.
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Antokim posted Health Insurance - Coronado Area on the Panama forum on October 19, 2014:
Hello, I am looking for health insurance in the Coronado area. Does anyone have the name of a good agent? thanks.
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poybin posted vacation rental on the Panama forum on October 19, 2014:
seeking help for a 1 bed rm. on the carib side for a month rent in march or april
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GlamBabe posted Companion/protection on the Panama forum on October 19, 2014:
I am looking for someone who can be a companion to a 17 yr old, very naive teen (special needs). Must to be in the Coronado/San Carlos area and willing to work late mornings to mid evenings. Someone who knows their way around and can keep a teen away from bad influences, while acting as a best friend and confidant. Must speak both Spanish and English. Can be live in or out, an expat (though the pay is Panamanian) or Panamanian. If you know anyone please PM me and I will get back to you /them with more information. Thanks!!
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