If there’s one thing a tourist will take back to their homeland once they leave Bocas del Toro, it definitely has to be they way how it manages to change the way you look at life, all for the better. For all intents and purposes, the best way I can describe the allure of Bocas is that the entire province falls under the distinct geographical structure of a role-playing videogame, or RPG for short.
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The capital and commercial center for the Herrera province, Las Tablas is located 282km (175 miles) from Panama City (capital of the Republic of Panama) and expands throughout approximately 12km along the Pacific coast, which houses the Mensabé Marina. There is no official story regarding the foundation of the city, but legend has it that Las Tablas was founded by Captain Jacinto Barahona on July 19th, 1671. 51 years later in 1721 construction of the Santa Librada church, national monument and epicenter of the city, was completed. In present day, the Santa Librada church is very popular tourist attraction along with the city itself, particularly during the Carnival and Easter holidays.
It would seem that 103 years ago a group of socially-conscious Panamanians decided to rise up around the end of October and make November the month where most (if not all) of our most important battles for freedom took place… more than a hundred years later we, the people, enjoy these dates as excuses to […]
I don’t know what it’s like in your country but I can sure tell you what it’s like here: Panama has the distinction of being one of the only countries in the world that has designed its independence holidays in such a way that it renders the month they’ve ended up in absolutely pointless… I […]
Abundance truly is bliss for the fruit lover while treading the light fantastic around these parts, with the banana being one of its media darlings. The next time you head out to the corner store and grab a handful of these bad boys though, bear in mind that what you are eating might very well be extinct before your grandchildren have a chance to try them.
The Armed Forces Network is the television branch of the Armed Forces Radio, which is the U.S military’s official radio channel. The organization’s origins date as far back as the 1940’s, a few years prior to World War II; this wasn’t a government initiative but rather local bases in different parts of Europe trying to […]
Panama is a prime example of how what one person does will inadvertently affect everyone else that lives with him in a society. Since the place is so small, the ripples someone’s action makes can be felt in practically every level of life here, and I’ll give you an example of this right now: I […]
Talking to my father yesterday brought this topic of corruption of the the state up. My stance on this “corruption” thing is two-fold, as I’d be somewhat of a hypocrite if I said I was totally against it if I’ve used it before to get what I want faster and better. And in Panama, even […]
So, after a little less than 4 years I finally worked up the stamina to take out a Blockbuster Video membership card. It might be a dying horse in the States but over here it’s still alive and kickin’… at least for the time-being. The reason why I decided to fold at the feet of […]
With an extremely proud sense of heritage and some of the most impressive vistas in the country, the province of Chiriquí is widely regarded as a place with autonomy of its own… and for a while, that assumption might’ve been a reality. With its capital in David, the province of Chiriquí is divided into 13 districts: Alanje, Barú, Boquerón, Boquete, Bugaba, David, Dolega, Gualaca, Remedios, Renacimiento, San Félix, San Lorenzo, and Tolé. It’s located on the west side of the republic of Panama, limiting north with the province of Bocas del Toro and the Ngobe-Buglé native reserve, west with the republic of Costa Rica, east with the province of Veraguas and south with the Pacific Ocean.
In recent years measures were taken by the government and dubiously necessary Carnival Office to ensure that carnivals in the nation’s capital, Panama City, lived up to the hype garnered in no small part by the country’s dashing strides in tourism and real estate, and whoever lives near this murder scene can grab their complaints and shove them up their sour-trout asses… myself included.
If there’s one thing anyone would want to stay in Panama for, it’s the weather. It’s absolutely awesome… and haywire. I’ve been looking out the window and within 20 minutes it’s been really sunny, partially sunny, cloudy, sunny again and now it’s returned to cloudy. It’s probably going to be sunny again by the time […]
I live in a country without borders. A place where I can’t tell where one boundary ends and the other one begins. A land beyond belief, not only for its beauty but also the people living in it.
I used to go out with a girl who, even though she looked like those poster girls who are all looks and no brains, is a real gem to be with. My time with her showed me, though, that Panama’s clubbing culture is as shallow as Lorenzo Lamas. This girl is beautiful, the sort of […]
One would think they have entered Prozac Nation upon arrival but that first impression is not something that can be held accountable to the residents of Chitré; on the contrary, the problem is that many of us that are so used to the hectic, smog-dominated city life that visiting such a tranquil place is nothing short of a system shock. You can literally feel the darkness of your soul slowly peel away the further you venture into the city. The air feels cleaner, everyone says “hello” to each other and, unlike Panama City and its traffic, modeled after the southwest ghetto district of the 7th ring of hell, drivers are actually courteous on the road. You can actually tell how many people from the capital are visiting Chitré by the way they’re driving… because they’re so damn rude.