Monthly Archives: July 2008
In the heart of slow season, there is a lot of down time during which I like to bond with Elida the maid. Well, it isn’t as much bonding as me trying to think of useful things for her to … Read More
Pinch me. That’s been my motto for the past few months. A little over a year ago I was working at a law firm in New York City. The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. Destiny for any college … Read More
When I first visited the hidden alleyways and breezy public squares of Casco Viejo (or Casco Antiguo as its officially called) I felt a bit uncomfortable. I had left the sullied streets of New Jersey just days earlier in search … Read More
Looking to buy one singular cigarette? How about some boiled potato looking thing with wrinkly orange skin? What about a small package of stale strawberry cookies? Search no further, your answer has arrived. He sits there every day in front … Read More
Having arrived in Panama with a significant hunk of Spanish already figured out, I suppose I don’t know how Keenan feels. He’s starting the fight to learn Spanish from what amounts to lingual zilch, hearing words for the first time … Read More
It was a busy week at Los Cuatro Tulipanes and four of the apartments were occupied when Elida the maid called in sick. I phoned frantically the several other maids I knew and trusted, but each of them seemed to … Read More
The title of owning a hotel sounds as impressive as that of a racecar driver. And while this isn’t exactly a hotel in the traditional sense, the actual particulars of it are about as sexy and glamorous as Victoria’s Secret … Read More
Just the other day, I decided to bypass my daily sit-down lunch meal in an effort to more acquaint myself with the street food of Casco Antiguo. Unlike Manolo Caracol or Ego, the street food in this neighborhood is not … Read More
Sitting in the office, Keenan and I heard this thumping that sounded like a handicapped elephant trying to get up a flight of stairs. We opened the door, but instead of an elephant it was a young guy trying to … Read More
There’s a man known in Casco Antiguo simply as Bocas. His look is non-threatening like that of a dove and he knows, or at least pretends to know, everything important about the old quarter. The first time he approached me … Read More
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