The expat community in Pedasi is made
up of very nice people. You can find the expats on Tuesdays and Fridays at Smileys, the American restaurant in town, all of them hanging out and sitting together. I usually go to Smileys at 9:30 or 10:00 PM, when John, the owner, is playing music from the 70s and 80s. People are sitting down, having beers, and talking.
Whenever the NFL starts, you can find all the expats at Smiley’s on Sundays watching football. Everybody’s enjoying it, everybody is being nice.
As a community or as a group, the expats here in Pedasi are really nice, towards each other and towards the Panamanian community. It is difficult to find this in other places. In other places in Panama, you hear so much about expats scamming other expats. In Pedasi, you don’t find that.
In addition, everybody in Pedasi is trying to maintain the town as some sort of sanctuary, to maintain the culture of the town and its rustic, traditional feeling. This is in contrast to what happens in other places in the world, you find a really nice, unique town, then it gets overdeveloped, and then it loses its charm. Nobody in Pedasi wants that to happen; not even the expats. Everyone wants Pedasi keep the good aspects it has.