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The government announced today that the cost to use the Panama Metro will be .35 cents a ride (.70 round trip) and charges will begin on June 15, 2014. https://twitter.com/rmartinelli/status/466717108416413697 The Metro was inaugurated on April 5 and since it’s opening it has been completely free for users to ride. President Martinelli…

Starting on Tuesday, May 6th users found breaking the Metro rules will be fined, informed Metro legal advisor Mar­a Arosemena. According to Decree No. 261, people found littering, smoking, or eating inside the stations or trains will receive a fine. Also prohibited are traveling with animals, with the exception of…

Juan Carlos Varela was announced as the new president of Panama on Sunday, May 4 and will serve the 2014 – 2019 presidency. He will succeed President Ricardo Martinelli who served as president from 2009 – 2014. https://twitter.com/JC_Varela/status/463140277658873856 https://twitter.com/EstrellaOnline/status/463131185095663617 This was a very close election with Varela obtaining 39.2% of…

After two consecutive years of double digit growth, Panama’s economy slowed down a bit to 8.4% growth in 2013. The easing in growth comes as investments in large-scale infrastructure projects, including the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal, draw to a close. One of the other major infrastructure projects…

One of my favorite hobbies in Panama City, Panama is pool crashing at luxury hotels. There is nothing like enjoying the view of an infinity pool overlooking the ocean at the Trump, and enjoying that view for free. As a foreigner it is pretty easy to get away with using…

My work recently relocated to an office in El Cangrejo that is near the street that the Veneto Hotel is on.  I usually take the Metrobus to get there but I was running a little late one day so I needed to take a Taxi.  This is how the conversation…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhkB2oLOeuc Panama has two new commercials out promoting the new slogan for the country: The Way and Made in Panama.  It highlights a growing city with glamorous skyscrapers, elite businessmen, and retirees enjoying their lives.  I thought that the commercials did a really good job of showing off some of…