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

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We asked people in Contadora Island 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!...

"When visiting Contadora Island in Panama, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions. Avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in religious or traditional settings, as it can be seen as disrespectful. Panamanians value punctuality, so try not to be late for appointments or social gatherings. Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics, religion, or personal finances, as these can be seen as intrusive or disrespectful. It's also considered rude to interrupt someone while they're speaking, so wait for your turn to talk. When dining, remember that it's customary to finish everything on your plate, as leaving food can be seen as wasteful or unappreciative. Panamanians are generally friendly and hospitable, so refusing an invitation or not reciprocating a greeting can be seen as rude. Always remember to say "please" and "thank you" as common courtesy. Lastly, avoid littering or damaging the environment, as Panamanians take pride in their natural surroundings. Always dispose of your trash properly and respect the local flora and fauna," commented one expat who made the move to Contadora Island, Panama.

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

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