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Treacherous driving in Panama, be careful

So when we first moved to Panama, we knew we needed a vehicle right away, as renting can get quite expensive. Despite what many people warned in regards to purchasing a USA Brand, I having never owned an import as in a vehicle not from North America, we purchased a Jeep. The reason many people recommend not buying a USA Brand is that parts are very difficult to come by and people that are familiar with working on them as well. Regardless we purchased a Jeep and it treated us well.

After driving in Panama for nearly 6 months I apparently got a bit to comfortable and neglected to be overly cautious. As anyone that has ever been in a vehicle in Panama will soon realize that the roads are a bit sketchy, for one the signage is in Spanish, two many deep potholes exist through out the Country of Panama and three people are very aggressive and can be dangerous drivers. Tiffany and I have grown up within an hour of the 2nd Largest City in the USA, Los Angeles, which has nearly 4 million people. However despite the size and quantity of people in LA, the roads are quite safe and functional, yes you may often have and extra hour added to your commute in or around LA but for the most part people observe the paint on the ground and the rules of the road. This being said we were certainly shocked at the driving in Panama, as many people simply disregarded speed limits, paint on the ground indicating lanes and even driving in the shoulder/emergency lane for miles and miles.

Hopefully that paints the pictures, so as mentioned we were in Panama nearly 6 months accident free. I was making one of the treacherous returnos/U-Turns and a speeding car nailed me in our nice Jeep, this then pushed me into a taxi cab. Boom 3 car accident, what a shame, everyone involved was safe other than being very shaken up.  Now in Panama you are supposed to remain in the same spot where the accident occurred, which I was aware of but being shaken up and growing up around get out of the road strategy of the USA, I moved to the side of the road, Oops. So after waiting for the Policia to arrive and contacting my insurance company. I followed protocol which is a breathalyzer to be sure no one was drinking as this seems to be an issue even at 11 am.

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Video of us and our Life Changing Panamá Adventure

Well here is what we have been up to the last few months.

I just finished editing this video of our last few months worth of travel and adventure in Panamá Central America. We left LAX just over three months ago, headed to Panamá Central America for our very first time.

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Picasso 5-7 Community Happy Hour

Fantastic place to meet people Community Happy hour.  Never a dull time or lack of new faces to socialize with here.

Drink deals from 5-7pm discounted drinks including the $5 Playa Ponche, which is delicious.

Picasso is located on the main street in Playa Coronado, Panama, Avenue Roberto Eisenmann you will take this street to the Coronado security gate. Tell security you are going to Picasso and they will gladly let you in, possibly asking for name, likely not. Continue driving straight and a little ways down you will see Picasso on the left side at the corner of Ave Punta Prieta.

Drag Racing in Panamá at Circuito Internacional Raceway

Doing the Non-Tourist things in life is the way the Tiffany and I have always operated. Why do the usual things that are recommend when you could go and explore the roads less traveled and the locals hot spots. We have found so many neat things that are off the beaten path that were far better than the usual to do’s. So why would we be any different in Panama? We aren’t so that is why we made an effort to go explore the Circuito Internacional Raceway in Chorrera, Panama.

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Picasso 5-7 Community Happy Hour

Fantastic place to meet people Community Happy hour.  Never a dull time or lack of new faces to socialize with here.

Drink deals from 5-7pm discounted drinks including the $5 Playa Ponche, which is delicious.

Picasso is located on the main street in Playa Coronado, Panama, Avenue Roberto Eisenmann you will take this street to the Coronado security gate. Tell security you are going to Picasso and they will gladly let you in, possibly asking for name, likely not. Continue driving straight and a little ways down you will see Picasso on the left side at the corner of Ave Punta Prieta.