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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Volcan?

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We asked people in Volcan if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Volcan, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Avoid making negative comments about the country or its people, as Panamanians are very proud of their heritage. When greeting someone, a firm handshake is the norm among men, while women usually exchange a kiss on the cheek. Avoid hugging or touching someone you've just met, as it can be seen as intrusive. Panamanians are generally conservative in their dress, so try to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or rural areas. Wearing revealing clothing can be seen as disrespectful. Being late is common in Panama, but as a foreigner, it's best to arrive on time for appointments or social gatherings. However, don't be surprised or offended if your Panamanian counterparts are late. Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics, religion, or personal finances. Panamanians are generally private people and these topics can be seen as intrusive. In Panama, it's considered rude to point with your fingers. Instead, use your whole hand or nod in the direction you're indicating. Panamanians are known for their hospitality and generosity. If you're invited to someone's home, it's polite to bring a small gift for the host. However, avoid giving expensive gifts as it can be seen as showing off. Finally, remember to say "please" and "thank you" when appropriate. These simple words go a long way in showing respect and appreciation for the local culture," remarked another expat in Volcan, Panama.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Volcan?

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