Cabalgata – the Parade of Horses


SO many horses, and so beautiful!

Originally posted on The Panama Adventure:

I have never seen so many horses! Someone said there were 5000 horses and riders participating.

The parade, or cabalgata, takes place every year on March 19th and people come from everywhere to participate. We have been seeing horses in people’s yards and empty lots all around the neighborhood. On the day of the parade there were people riding horses through town, driving them in trucks, and putting them in every sort of available space.

The parade was supposed to start around 3 PM. My neighbor said we should go around 1-2 PM so we can find a space to watch since there will be a large crowd. We actually went about 3:30 and we still had to wait for over an hour for things to get underway. But, when things started happening there were hundreds and hundreds of horses coming down the street! We were lucky and ended up…

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How should I go about finding the right place for me in Panama?

I get some “what/how/where” type of questions and Kris get MANY on her blog. I’ve explained before but rather than repeating I think I’ve got a way that folks can get more suggestions in one place.

Oh, and you will never see a scene like below here in Panama :-)

001Chris is a blogger friend in Panama City and wrote a good post that is pretty helpful for folks who are wondering where the best place for them. Also included is a list of Panama bloggers and many describe how they approached the decision making process. Here is the link to Chris Power’s Blog.



Great steaks in David-Su Carne re-visited

Dropped by Su Carne which I mentioned in an earlier post and got some stew beef and 2 rib eyes. The rib eyes had increased from $4.25 lb to $4.50 lb due to the new wage law but the quality of the steak was worth the small extra charge. I don’t know if what type of cow the earlier steaks came from but I was told that these new steaks were Angus. The owner also told me that the meat was aged for 15 days in his locker. They looked good and I was looking forward to tasting one. I took them home and put them in the freezer

A few days later I decided to take one rib eye out and see how I liked it. I knew that a wood fire would give me the best flavor so I went into the forest across from the house and brought back enough wood to do the job. I took the steak out of the freezer  to let it get to room temperature since I read that it cooked up better that way. I also put a coat of olive oil on all the surfaces and flavored it with some garlic salt and Nature’s Seasoning. The fire had burned down to coals so I got the steak and proceeded with the grilling.I cooked it for about 6 minutes  before flipping and only a few minutes later removed it from the heat.

At the table the first cut showed me that I had a steak that was more tender than the one I had cooked months earlier. The flavor was excellent and while not quite as tender as some of the steaks I’ve had in the states it was still VERY good and a pleasure to eat. Kris was having fish that night but  agreed that the pieces I gave her were quite good indeed.

I have a link to my earlier post in case the location of Su Carne is of interest.

The owner speaks some English but  called up his brother who speaks great English to let me talk to him and make sure I was getting what I wanted. I handed the phone back to the owner and got what I wanted with no problem.

Oh, by the way, his brother was in the states at the time of the call! Calling the US to get an order straight? Darn good service, I’d say!



List of views from 80+ countries that have visitors to my blog

I thought I’d cut and paste the list of countries and views that is in my summary page. It always is interesting to see what country a blog visitor is from. I’m not surprised at the US and Canadian number of views but I do scratch my head at some of the total view of some of the other countries. Love the different flags!

I thank the viewers wherever they may be from and hope they enjoyed the blog.



Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 7,560
Panama FlagPanama 2,946
Canada FlagCanada 1,942
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 168
Spain FlagSpain 94
Germany FlagGermany 74
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 64
Ecuador FlagEcuador 63
Virgin Islands, U.S. FlagVirgin Islands 60
Mexico FlagMexico 45
Brazil FlagBrazil 41
Australia FlagAustralia 41
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 36
Belgium FlagBelgium 31
Bahamas FlagBahamas 26
Italy FlagItaly 24
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 24
India FlagIndia 23
Austria FlagAustria 19
Thailand FlagThailand 19
Philippines FlagPhilippines 19
Poland FlagPoland 18
Romania FlagRomania 16
Colombia FlagColombia 16
Barbados FlagBarbados 14
France FlagFrance 13
Guadeloupe FlagGuadeloupe 12
Sweden FlagSweden 10
Pakistan FlagPakistan 9
Nicaragua FlagNicaragua 9
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 9
Greece FlagGreece 8
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 8
Turkey FlagTurkey 8
Ireland FlagIreland 8
Belize FlagBelize 7
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 7
Jamaica FlagJamaica 6
Mauritius FlagMauritius 5
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 5
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 4
Haiti FlagHaiti 4
Cambodia FlagCambodia 4
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 4
Hungary FlagHungary 4
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 3
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 3
Japan FlagJapan 3
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 3
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 3
Chile FlagChile 3
Finland FlagFinland 3
Israel FlagIsrael 2
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 2
Kuwait FlagKuwait 2
Saint Lucia FlagSaint Lucia 2
Lebanon FlagLebanon 2
Kenya FlagKenya 2
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 2
Morocco FlagMorocco 2
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 2
Argentina FlagArgentina 1
Guyana FlagGuyana 1
Denmark FlagDenmark 1
Croatia FlagCroatia 1
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 1
Nigeria FlagNigeria 1
Egypt FlagEgypt 1
Mozambique FlagMozambique 1
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 1
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 1
Fiji FlagFiji 1
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 1
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 1
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 1
Bermuda FlagBermuda 1
Portugal FlagPortugal 1
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 1
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 1
Jordan FlagJordan 1
Peru FlagPeru 1
New Zealand FlagNew Zeala

Our Cost of Living in David, Panama – September 2013

Hi- Kris usually posts our cost of living on her blog and since she is quite busy with all her interests she asked if I would put up a post. “Sure”, I said, and now here it is.

The accounting for September is as follows:

TOTAL $2316.39


Rent- $385 Fixed, includes trash and water.

Cable/internet was $59.06

Electricity-$31.59   This is probably the last low bill, I bought a split LG air conditioner  and had it installed in our bedroom. I remembered the house being pretty intolerable (95 INSIDE!) last summer (December15-April 15) and bit the bullet and bought one on sale for $635 installed. It’s not being used much but will be soon. I also painted our metal roof with white silicone paint (Lanco brand) and that dropped the temperature from 127 to 104.

Food- $288   This is in line with what we paid previously. We make nearly all our meals and only eat out once or twice a month.

Car fuel- $34.35  The Hyundai Atos gets about 35-40mpg and we don’t use it much.

Car yearly inspection/tag- $22 Somehow less than the other car

Miscellaneous food- Beer, alcohol, chips,bacon, etc at PriceSmart- $91

Household- $1441 – Some big ticket items ran this up: $635 for an Air Conditioner, $278 for a gas weed eater, $140 for roof paint,  a power washer for $171- and then there were things like wall paint ($65), plastic dresser, paste wax, caulking gun and caulking, etc. It all adds up!

We could have spent less than $1000-Rent, food, electric bill, cable/internet, car gas/tags, liquor/chips/snacks came to $892- I really didn’t HAVE to buy all that other stuff but chose to for comfort, convenience, or because we just wanted to. We find the cost of living to be FAR cheaper than we were paying in Sarasota, Florida where we last lived. We feel like we are eating healthier with all the affordable fresh food that is available.

If you were curious about our cost of living now you know.