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15 Things That Suck About Being A Gringo In Panama

I love living in Panama, but being a Gringo here does come with a few disadvantages.  Here’s a Buzzfeed style list of 15 Things That Suck About Being A Gringo In Panama:

1. Being the first to arrive to a party.

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I think they said 8:00pm

 

2. We just don’t look right dancing to salsa.

Please stop.

Please stop.

 

3. Or reggaeton.

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I want latino rhythm!

 

4. Finding a good place to get a haircut.

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I might have to shave my head after this one.

 

5. Saying hello to each individual person in the room.

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Hola!

 

6. And then saying goodbye to each individual person in the room.

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Ciao!

 

7. Getting overcharged for things because people think all gringos are rich.

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8. No one thinks your jokes are funny.

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Just laugh!

 

9. Wearing jeans in 90 degree weather in an attempt to stop looking so gringo.

 

10. Laughing whenever Spanish speaking friends laugh so people don’t realize how clueless you are.

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JAJAJAJAJA!

 

11. Learning that bills have to be paid in person.

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So we have to wait in THAT line?

 

12. No dishwashers.

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13. Finding out Netflix and Hulu only have half the shows available here. (There is a way around that)

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I can’t watch Grey’s Anatomy!

 

14. No addresses.

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So you live on McDonald’s Street?

 

15. Driving two hours to a Panamanian friend’s beach house but never going to the beach.

BEACH

So when can we go to the beach?

 

Despite all these things we love it here!

contadora panama

This is worth it.



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  1. Lupe

    Joey, this is so true.!!! Made me laugh!!!!
    But you can actually pay your bills by internet. And get a good hair cut for 4 to 10 dollars and dont worry for the salsa and regeton dance, you will learn.

  2. Israel

    Everything it´s true, except points 4 and 11, Here in Panama we have very good places to get a hair cut, from $4 to $30, you decide and you don´t have to pay your bills in person, you can do everthing on line.

    • pete

      That one may depend on what part of the country you live in. I used to live in the interior and get my haircut at a place called “Barbaria Ghetto”. 🙂

  3. Esther Jiménez

    Joey Bonura and credit card? I have everything programmed to be charged to my credit card. Also in the case you don't have one you can use the "comisionitas" places where you do just one line but pay everything (like epago, multipagos, western union, etc.). I'm sorry it is so difficult to open and account for you, just imagine is the same for us in the states. I wish I could open an account there to use paypal properly :/

  4. Barbara Haynes

    White I got it that I had to go pay my restaurant bill, I was always leaving the tip on the table and my Panamanian friend was always yelling at me, and I always felt so badly, wondering if the nice waiter/waitress got it. I needed to put it in there hand. I was there 3 years.

  5. Joey Bonura

    Hey Leslie, here's a link to a post I wrote about how to use US Netflix here: http://pty.life/watch-netflix-hulu-outside-us/

    If you only use Netflix on the computer then just get the $40 a year VPN that I mention but if you want it to work on Apple TV and any other device connected to your internet then the router I mention in the article is the way to go.


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