Monthly Archives: November 2007

Everyone experiences fear! It’s what you do despite that fear that defines you!

Learning Spanish

One of the first things you should do, when you decide to move to a Latin American country, is to learn to speak Spanish. You may say, you have no need, because you plan on associating primarily with Gringos and your need for Spanish will be minimal. Bad idea!

There are many ways to advance you Spanish skills. I have written about many of them in past posts. There are many classes to be had. Choose wisely, there are good ones and there are bad ones.

The Internet will help a lot. Try this website. It is a free site, but it allows you to listen to the sentences and see the same sentence in written form

There is another thing that I highly recommend. That is to find a good Spanish music station on the Internet. I recommend this station. You may need to put this URL into one of the music streaming software products. I use Amarok in Linux. You should be able to do the same with Winamp on Windows. It plays a lot of older Spanish music and they all sing well and pronounce all of the words well. It is important that you start to distinguish Spanish words. I am amazed how much of the music I can understand now.

You will enjoy the music, trust me. The following video is one of my favorite Spanish Artists. It will show you how beautiful Spanish music is.

Of course it is good to watch programs in Spanish on television. Some of the best, to learn Spanish from, are the novelas (soap operas). I guess soap operas are the same all over the world, so you will have a good idea what is going on. The novelas, I have heard, also tend to talk slower than other programs. The news is also a good thing to listen to.

The best way to learn is through immersion. Associate with the locals and you will find that your Spanish will expand fairly quickly. Besides learning the language, you will begin to learn the people and the culture. Not only that, but you will find yourself being accepted more.

To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others use your heart.

Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí – 2007 Up Close and Personal

You remember that the other day I posted some photos about the Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí. Today, I had to make a drive up to the Frontera. I noticed that the traffic was extremely heavy. It was bumper to bumper in a lot of areas. Then I saw the reason. The bikers were making a run from David up to a point just past Santa Marta. The bikers were on the right hand lane and traffic was all around them.

I had passed the bikers and thought all would be clear sailing to the Frontera. There is a point before you get to Bugaba where the InterAmerican highway merges into a two lane road. This was another slow down. Continue reading Vuelta Ciclista de Chiriquí – 2007 Up Close and Personal

Stella’s Marina Restaurante y Bar

UPDATE Match 14, 2010: A comment below says that the restaurant is not open on Sundays now.

Last Thursday, another restaurant opened up in Pedregal, a suburb of David. One of the Chiriquí Chatter readers had sent me an email about this new restaurant and recommended that I try it. Sunday seemed like a good day. To get to the restaurant, you drive as it you are going to the David airport and you just keep going straight all the way until the road ends. On the right side of the road is the entrance to the marina and that is where you will find the restaurant.
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A friend is a person who tells you all the nice things about you that you didn’t even know your self.

Another CC Map

You may not have noticed, but I added another icon to bottom of the sidebar on the right. It is called “Whose Online”.The first tab (Who’s) shows what is currently being read and how many readers are online.

The second tab (Graphs) is currently inactive.

The third tab, shows a world map of the readers of Chiriquí Chatter. If you look closely, you will see stars start to flash indicating recent and current reader locations. When you run the cursor over the star, it will give you more information.