So, after being invited by a friend to vacation in Panama  with him over 10 years ago, I jumped at the chance to try something completely new. At the time, I had barely gone anywhere besides the US, so my curiosity was peaked and I was quite eager to try a new experience.


When I went to Panama that first time, I had no clue what to expect, I did not even think of the language barrier. However, I was taken away at how different the place and people were to what I was used to, but at the same time very similar. Having lived in both Bermuda and Miami for long periods of my life, there is a stark contrast between the two obviously. However, Panama City seemed to be a mixture of both that I loved. Big city life with a strong rooted sense of community. I did not speak Spanish (still don’t) but everyone for the most part was extremely friendly, and seemed very content and happy with life.

Since then I took a few more trips there, bringing family along to also experience it. When it was time for me to move out of Bermuda again and I was deciding on where to go next, Panama was on the top of the list.
I wanted to experience Panama in its fullest, meet the locals, join the community, eventually learn some Spanish, which is just kind of hard to do all of that on a week trip here and there.

The closest thing I can find to #Bermuda Gombeys ?? #congodance #panama #wearepty

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I have been in Panama City for a year now, and I completely love it. Mostly because of everyone just being cool and chill with me. Accommodating me even though I struggle with the language. Although they enjoy being able to practice their English with me as well 😉

As mentioned, Panama City has a nice big city vibe, (even though everyone here considers Panama small) but there is also a strong Caribbean vibe here also. I feel like I can fit right in here (it helps that I look like I can be Panamanian also lol)

I will update you again on more specific things I experience here in great Panama so keep an eye out. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the pictures 🙂

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