If you’ve read my other blog posts you know that I speak very positively about Panama.  It’s a great place to be and I love living here, but it’s definitely not perfect.  So for this post I’m going to change it up a bit with some negativity.  Here are 7 days that I hate living in Panama:


1. Being told “No Voy” by five taxi drivers in a row…


…and then getting the sassy finger wave.


2. Walking outside and a monsoon rainfall comes out of nowhere.


And an umbrella is useless.


3. Asking a store employee if they have another size shirt in the back.


But you didn’t even look!


4. Quincena (Pay Day)


It’s madness out there!


5. Falling into one of these:





6. Going out the night before to find that the water is shut off in the morning and then arriving to work like this:


Sorry I smell like Ron Abuelo and Niko’s Cafe.


And the day I hate MOST in Panama…

7. When the cashier at Super 99 swipes an item from the person behind me and has to call the manager to remove it.


I just want to pay for my groceries!

Experience Panama


I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad in Panamá at the age of 20 and haven't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 7+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger. Follow me on Instagram @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!


  1. Ive reading your last 4 posts hahahha they were funny but its cool that u decided to live here and u know how to deal with those little "details" but welcome bro .. this is panama… hahaha

  2. You should plan a trip to a Panamanian Government Institution, like for example the Social Security. You will definitely Hate Panama more and add an additional number to your list.

  3. Eduardo Gomez Reply

    They should definitely teach them to cancel the items themselves.

  4. Chimene Longwater Reply

    What about Mothers Day! Who has mothers day on 8 December which causes more of a shopping craze than Black Friday!

  5. LOL! You cracked me up with this, you could not be more realistic. I am a Panamanian living outside the country for 12 years now and since I discover your blog page, I have laughed way too much. Thank you for sharing your experience in my beautiful Panama. It brings me great memories.

  6. Amy Priscilla Arauz Reply

    No such thing as perfect idiot…. Good luck finding it.

    • Neurobashing

      What a thoughtful and intelligent response, I would of never guessed there was not no such thing as “Perfect”. So I guess the “idiot” is really you, or should I say “Dumbass”?

  7. Izmir Henry Reply

    I'm a panamanian who is living for a while in Germany and you just made me laugh with this post and I will admit that although I hate this things I still miss them, hope you keep making me miss this things even more, I'll try to go around here more often!

  8. Well I do not agree with rain fall what do you expect for a tropical country? I lived 10 year in a very cold country with temperature below -40 I had to deal with!

  9. well bro, number 5 and number 6 are totally your fault! im always prepared for those "no water" days…. and about the supermaket try shopping somewhere other than super 99… i dont buy there and never have that problem

  10. Liza Aizprua Reply

    Don't forget the Valentine's Day+Friday Night+Quincena city chaos

  11. Hay que ser maduros y aceptar que el pa­s no es perfecto. Ahora no vengan con que aman los no voy, los tranques, las alcantarillas destapadas y el mal servicio al cliente. Lo primero que dice el blog es lo mucho que le gusta vivir aqu­. Este tipo de comentarios est¡n de mas.

  12. As a foreign if you don't like it just go. I'm 100% Panamanian and hate to hear bad comments about my country. It is what it is and I just love it.

  13. You forgot pay day + Mother's Day + the Decimo all before Christmas. Otherwise, a great list. 15 days bad for 350 good is something we are ok with!

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