one day in the life panama. learn spanish lazy parrot.

I moved to panama about a year after my wife who is from colombia came and married me in the u.s. I had sent her to school to learn english while we waited the 8 months it took to get her visa to even come to the u.s. O yes 8 months, and paperwork and proof to back up everything. more forms then I ever want to see again.


The whole time I kept telling her learn english or you will be lost without it. she did learn it and speaks really well, but then the times changed in the u.s. or I should say I saw that the times were going to change, and started selling off everything and off we went to panama.


now the shoes on the other foot. I speak very little, O I can get by but not without a LOT of help. which makes me feel, well illiterate.

I have enough trouble with english. I do find it funny thou how my wife mixes things up from time to time.


she once told my mom that she ate baby chickens. another time she told the good ole red neck boy down at the race track food stand, that she wanted some penis. peanuts.. what made it so funny was he thought she really wanted one, and her being 7 months along with our first baby and with a huge belly, he looked her in the eye and said lady I think you already had one!


then there was the time back home when I bought rolls, she asked how to cook them and I told her butter a pan and ect ect.. she went in the kitchen while I was on the computer, when I walked in she was sitting there reading the info on the label with a cookie sheet with buttered beard covering it.  pan sounds like the spanish word for bread.

the other night it was a little dark in the living room, and she pointed at the floor and said look at the size of that bogger!  of course I looked, thinking what the heck? of course with a almost three year old running around, you tend to not question things like that, it very well could have been a huge bogger, but this one had legs and was crawling.

so now here I am, I remember reading all about how english is spoken all over the country, and that sounded right to me because over 100 years of americans being here and in charge of the canal. but thats really not the case at all here.

I tend to have to call my wife or a friend and get mad at myself that I can't get across what I want or need that day.

so heads up on that, if your coming here or anywhere where spanish is, you better learn it now.


two days in the big city of panama and didn't get much done at all. I tried to wire some money for a skid steer I just bought, and they tried to send it, and it didn't go through due to some error. Instead of picking up the phone and calling the u.s. to say hey we need this info, it just didn't get done. when I asked why not? they said sorry we are not able to call outside of panama.  now this is a bank mind you. a bank.  I just had them cut me a check and went to fed ex it to them. well with all the traffic, by the time I got there,  5pm, they were closed.


Everyday life in panama.




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I hope you've had luck learning Spanish...

I'm glad to see from the beginning that you knew what you had to do. You encouraged your wife to learn English when she moved to the States and you took on your own advice and started to learn Spanish when you moved to Panama. A year on and I guess you know that by speaking even a small amount of Spanish, you will quickly find life is so much more exciting! Speaking Spanish to local trades people, builders, utility companies, or when setting up a business, means you will get superior, faster service and you will be in a better position to negotiate if things go wrong. Knowing the language also opens up endless new friendships, and a deeper understanding of the Latin American culture. Buena suerte con tu nueva vida en Latinoamérica!

Nice Article


This article is very funny and interesting. It's very nice to know something about  someones life.

Good Day

good fun

somehow you made it seem not so bad, even the inability to send money is all in a day's work or play. i remember when i had to get some money out of nicaragua after selling the farm there - what a huge amount of paperwork and there was an unavoidable commission of I think .5% - the banks have no big fees receiving money from the US, but sending from Central America to the US?

here for fun is a video from a few days back of my wife dehusking coconut, just in case you wondered how a filipina might do such a thing. (?) 

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