Monthly Archives: August 2011

Renewing your American Passport in Panama

I received the following from a Chiriquí Chatter reader and thought it would be of interest to some who are going to require getting a new passport. The ACS Unit comes to David usually once a year and can help during that time, but the rest of the time you have to go to Panama City and this reader’s experience is what you should expect. “Thank You” to the reader providing this detailed writeup.

Renewing your American Passport in Panama
For those Americans residing in Panama you may one day need the services of the US Embassy in Panama City for renewing your passport. The first thing that will need to be accomplished is to establish an appointment with the American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy (ACS). You make an appointment by logging on to the Embassy web site at the following: http://panama.usembassy.gov from there you can access the Embassy’s new on-line appointment scheduling system. Once you have established an appointment there are a few things you must know about you task of obtaining a new American Passport.

First you can no longer park with in the Embassy grounds as new security measures are now in effect and anyone needing routine services for the Embassy must park their vehicle outside of the perimeter in a small parking lot that is quite small and doesn’t seem to accommodate all the parking needs so plan ahead in case you don’t locate a space to park. Next to enter the Embassy compound you must have documentation that proves American Citizenship, typically your Passport will do the trick. Continue reading Renewing your American Passport in Panama

Eat Out Much Do You?

With Lilliam away enjoying the new grand baby, I eat out a fair amount. While I am a pretty decent cook, I have a hard time getting past the question of , “Why cook?”

Besides, the sink is full of dishes and I don’t wash them for another day.

Sunday my neighbor and I took a drive up to Concepción to Nuevo Sol de Mar.  I have stopped there many times and usually always get fried shrimp. This time the shrimp were more popcorn shrimp sized, but we enjoyed the outing and the lunch. Price $8.00.

Yesterday I was hungry for meat at lunch time and stopped into Mrs, Mendoza’s. There are two or three things I usually order, but yesterday I ordered Steak Mendoza. Continue reading Eat Out Much Do You?

March For Peace Parade in David, Chiriquí

I thought I would take a drive downtown David Saturday morning and car cam the third and fourth streets, which are the main shopping area of down town.

When I started down fourth street I went a couple of blocks and found it closed off by police. It was obvious something was going on in the park so I detoured and parked in front of Hotel Best Western and walked to Parque Cervantes to find out what was happening.

I found out that there was going to be a Parade for Peace, sponsored by the National Police. It was about 8:30 and several told me it was scheduled to start at 9:00. Now in Chiricano speak, that means it will actually start from 9:30 to 10:30.

Had I known there was going to be something special, I would have had my other camera, but at least I had a camera. It is so nice to always have a camera with me again. I decided to hangout in the park and get some photos. I did notice when I powered on the camera that I didn’t have a full battery, so I was a little concerned it if would hold out for the full time period.

I had time to spend, so I took a couple photos of the park.

I will warn you ahead of time that I took about 75 photos and am posting them all. When you click on “continue reading”, you might want to take a stretch and let the photos load. Continue reading March For Peace Parade in David, Chiriquí

Construction Photo

The other day I posted that there was a lot of construction going on in David. I was downtown this morning and walking, so I had a chance to take a photo of the construction that was the first photo in that post.

You can see that the construction is a block wide. I took the photo on 4th street and the building at the back of the construction is on 3rd street.