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It seems Lilliam can not go two months without changing something. Sofas are changed. The dining table orientation is changed. Potted plants are moved to other parts of the house. New plants are purchased and planted. New curtains magically appear.

Well, it has been several years since I modified Chiriquí Chatter’s blog appearance.

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If you are a long time follower, you may think you are in the wrong place.

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Thinking Of You

If you keep up with the news in the U.S., then you know that the U.S. government has extreme budgetary problems. The national debt increases by unbelievable amounts every second.

Well I am here to tell you that some portions of the government are looking at ways to live within their budgets.

Yesterday, I received an email stating that I had a Christmas Card sent by our Ambassador and it was waiting for me at FLETES CHAVALES.

I had to go that way to deliver items for Robert in Hogar Santa Catalina, so I put Fletes Chavale on my todo list.

I made my stop in front of FC and ran in to get my envelope. I signed for the envelope and as I was getting ready to walk out, I was informed that I needed to cancel the debt. A mere $1.50.

Now that is what I call efficiency! It was a perfect way for me to know that I was being remembered and an effective way to insure I would not forget the event. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

UPDATE: I received an email from the Embassy stating that several cards were sent out and the recipients had to pay. The Embassy had paid some how it did not reflect that it was paid. I was certain the Embassy would not have sent it collect, but noting is easy in Panama.

More Lessons Learned

Yesterday, around 4:00 PM, I received a distressed call from a reader of Chiriquí Chatter. The caller was in a David lawyer’s office and she had learned early in the day that the house she was in the process of building was on her neighbor’s property.

Now many would say, she should have known better than to let this happen. However, I will take you through some of the steps she went through so you can understand how easy it is to to get into a problem if you aren’t fluent in Spanish and make reasonable assumptions.

Over the last two years they had searched for property, purchased property and just last month began to build. The property they bought was owned by a U.S. Citizen living in David. The buyers had an English speaking lawyer, who they trusted. The vender was a prominent real estate company in Chiriquí who represented the owner. Continue reading More Lessons Learned

Restaurante Mar del Perú

I have been neglect in posting this restaurant. It is Restaurante Mar del Perú. It had a previous life as Machu Picchu in David, and then moved to Boquete. It is now back, better than ever.

There are many ways to get there, but I am only going to describe one. If you are on the InterAmerican Highway, going East, then you would turn right at the street directly across from IFARHU. If you are going West on the InterAmerican Highway, you are going to have to make a “U” turn at the next appropriate location.

The restaurant is about three or four blocks from the InterAmerican Highway on the right. There is ample parking around the restaurant.

The next time I go, I will get a Google Map. to the restaurant.

It is typical Peruvian down to the Pisco Sours. Still the same great food only in a new location.

Following are some photos I have taken on our last visits there. If you stop in, tell them you hear of them on Chiriquí Chatter.


So Much To Be Thankful For

While Lilliam, Natalie, Koki and I enjoyed Christmas morning, I had the Apple TV playing Christmas Music. Apple TV began scrolling my photos as the music played as a screen saver and it reminded me that this has been an exceptional year.

As the photos appeared, I remembered each event.

IMG_1159 This year we were fortunate to get to go to the U.S. twice. The first trip was a fabulous trip. Lilliam and I took a one way cruise from Colon, Panama to Florida. It was only three days, but it started off this trip in fine fashion. From Florida we headed for Austin, Texas.


Arriving in Austin, we rented a car and took off for Oklahoma. We spent the night in Fort Worth and went out to eat with our good friends, Jim and Nena. We had a fabulous time talking, reminiscing and even took in one of Fort Worth’s best Mexican restaurants.

Me, Lilliam nd Nena.

IMG_0407 Continue reading So Much To Be Thankful For

Christmas is for Children

Christmas is for children. When my daughter learned of two young boys, who were victims of a “super aggravated sex assault”, she decided to try to fill their Christmas with more joy than would otherwise have been possible.

I mentioned in a previous post that she has started a fund for her new cause.

Apparently her hard work on the boy’s behalf didn’t go unnoticed and she was interviewed by Fox News today.

Good job Kimberly. I am really proud of you.

Planning for 2015

While 2014 has been a great year with many memories, I am starting to think about how to make 2015 even better.

I have started talking to Lilliam about taking one of the European River Cruises. Lilliam and I have been on several ocean cruises, but the river cruises appear to be a totally different experience.

Plus it looks like a very good way to see some of Europe without having to pack your bags and change hotels every couple of days.

I thought as part of my research, I would poll my Chiriquí Chatter reader and ask if any of you have been on a river cruise would share your experiences and provide recommendations.

There are so many places to choose from.

If you have never heard about river cruises, here is a list of some of the YouTube videos from several companies.