My Life In Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama

The Need For Insurance Lives On In Panama

In Panama, the government doesn't allow insurance to be written for individuals over 62. That makes health care an important issue. Yes, it is cheaper than in the USA.  However, the type of insurance available with MS Chiriqui Hospital in David has changed!  (David is the closest large city to Boquete.  The picture to the right is of the author, Linda Jensen.)
When we originally signed up for coverage we paid $147 per month and it had a term...

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Lifestyle? I Found it in Comfortable Condo Living in Boquete, Panama

Our gatedBoquete Valley of Flowers Condos Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living ​condo community is a good place to call home. It has been our home for longer than a year and is located in a great location.
Some of the condos here are owned and some are rented out.  Others have owners who come for a several months out of the year, while there are long-term residents here almost all the time.
The floor plans consist of two bedroom, two bath units with large patios on the back.  The condos are all pretty much the...

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Being Bored in Boquete, Panamá

We had dinner with a couple that is doing their recon mission to see if living in Boquete (or Panama) is right for them. Everyone who lives here has done the same. And maybe everyone has asked themselves, "Does Boquete have enough things to do so I won't get bored?"

I think that if you are boring or have no interests, you will be bored everywhere you go. I also don't think that it is possible to be bored in Boquete unless you make it your mission. Even if you don't want to...

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Merry Christmas in Boquete, Panama

This is our second Christmas in Boquete. Our first Christmas was just three weeks after we arrived in Panama. We are now enjoying our second Christmas with some of the many new friends we
have made this year in Boquete.
Arne and I spent the first Christmas with our landlord and his friends.
Christmas decorations in a store in Boquete Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
We have been to a couple of small holiday events.
Parties are all over the place, festive decorations are
up in...

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The Dog

About two and a half weeks ago a stray dog got locked in our landlady’s garage.  She howled all night but we thought that our landlady was just keeping the dog for a friend.  It wasn't until the next morning, when we asked if we could walk the dog, we realized that she had no idea that a dog was trapped in her garage.  She even walked the neighborhood to find the source of the unhappy dog howls.

At that point, she was freed and she became our compound dog. We live in...

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Bajareque (Ba ha rae kee), Panama

Bajareque in Panama refers to a mountain mist or drizzle…(similar to the Oregon ones) but a much finer mist which 'floats in the air' as it drops to the ground and when combined with the bright sunshine and the right angle you will see the most brilliant rainbows you can imagine. They can happen throughout the year. And Double and even Triple versions are common.

Here are a couple examples:

 Bajareque Rainbow – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

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Recent news of 'really old area inhabitants' in Panamá.

 In January 2013, Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America. Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter in England, unearthed the cache of stones in the Casita de Piedra rock-shelter in 2007. A...

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Some Area History in Panama

The first human settlements in Boquete were found between the years 300 AD and 600 AD. Many petroglyphs in Caldera indicate human presence before the conquest. Those petroglyphs could have been used, among others things, as route maps or signs for travelers.
During the colonial period, Boquete was a refuge for the indigenous cultures that used the surrounding mountains to escape from the Spanish oppression because the valley was very isolated.

An original railroad car on display in Boquete's Central Park – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

A railroad was built in...

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Last Sunday of the Month, Boquete, Panamá

Yesterday was the last Sunday of the month which means it is the Amigos de Animales Spay and Neuter Clinic.

The day actually begins on Saturday when it is time to take a small day care center and turn it into an in-take processing area, pre-op area, surgical room, post-op area and recovery room. Every square inch is used in the most efficient manner possible.

On Sunday, the veterinarians arrive from Costa Rica to begin operating on at least 100 animals....

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Boquete, Panamá, Today

Hi Friends
My name is Lissy and I want to share with you my trip to Boquete today.  I went to Big Daddy’s Grill and had the best shrimp taco ever, and the day was nice; we have a great coffee!!! Ufff the margarita is the besttttt.
Today was very quiet for a Friday night, a little rain but nothing to worry about; I just remember why people love Boquete so much!!! Peaceful place with the nature...

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