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What do expats find most challenging?

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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Coronado. They wrote...

"Expats in Coronado, may find several aspects of the local culture challenging as they adjust to their new environment. Language barriers can be significant, as Spanish is the primary language, and not all expats may be fluent, making daily interactions and bureaucratic processes more difficult. The pace of life is generally slower in Panama, which can be frustrating for those accustomed to a more fast-paced or time-sensitive culture. This laid-back attitude extends to the concept of "maƱana," where tasks and appointments may not always happen as promptly as expected. Cultural nuances in communication can also pose challenges, as Panamanians may have different non-verbal cues and may avoid confrontation or direct negativity, preferring a more indirect approach. Social hierarchies and the importance of personal relationships in business and everyday dealings can be different from what expats are used to, requiring them to navigate these with sensitivity. Adjusting to the tropical climate and dealing with the related issues, such as insects and humidity, can also be a challenge, as well as adapting to local cuisine if it differs significantly from an expat's home country. Additionally, expats may struggle with missing amenities and conveniences they were accustomed to, as well as coping with feelings of isolation or homesickness being away from their home country and cultural norms," remarked another expat who made the move to Coronado, Panama.

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