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About Brundageba

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    Alison and Bill Brundage
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. Brisas is breezy. Tree in the backyard blew over yesterday. Bill got his exercise with the with the branch hauling. Nice to have a canyon to chuck over the big logs. we have a better view !
  2. Locals call it "mal agua". Heavy wind, big surf and jellyfish make for pieces of jellyfish tentacles in the water. If you tend to be allergic to stings you can come out with rash and hives. I saw that a couple of weeks ago at Santa Catalina. The guy swore the place he was staying had bed bugs. All of us were getting stung ( I call it mini-annoying stings) . He was wearing a short sleeved surf shirt. Only place he had the hives/rash was his arms neck and some on the legs. ...places he was exposed to the ocean water surface. If it was bed bugs, he'd have the bites on his back, belly hips and legs. Nope....mal agua got him..marine agents. ( at least they put up a sign and let you no secret agents here !)
  3. Well the wind has let up. Las Olas is at least an hour from here. Beach is much like Daytona....nice for walking the beach. The waves could have some size as a new swell has approached. It's a beach with rips and currents. You can be standing in 3 ft deep water step one step to the right or left and be over your head and swept. Keep that in mind if you are not a good swimmer. if you are a good swimmer ...don't panic...ride out the rip and head back in...don't fight it. You'll be fine. My vote is my first suggestion. Nice easy drive, no traffic, scenic and peaceful Have fun Alison
  4. One small hole into which a ton of money will be poured.
  5. With this wind...the beach would be nasty. Blowing sand. Nearest beach is Las Olas. Might be nicer to go to Cangilones just the other side of Gualaca. It is an established park and frequented by families and youngsters. Beautiful swimming hole. Usually pretty peaceful early in the day.
  6. I know all of us here in Boquete who were living here when the two gals form Holland went missing are saddened and dumbstruck at the same time that a tragedy such as happened to this young woman could yet again happen here. I say this because so much was publicized of the dangers of hiking alone. She was young bright and no doubt saw no danger in a jungle trail off in the middle of nowhere. She most likely may have trusted a person she should not have. I was like that when I was her age. All I can say is I'm sad...period. This is such a shame. My heart goes out to all those who mourn for her .
  7. Dr Dru gave me laser treatment to a fractured knuckle I got surfing with my kayak. I was back out in 5 weeks. OK here's the knuckle fracture(s). And the pic of me surfing 5 weeks later. Hand is now 100% normal.
  8. I have no sympathy for this That said, the terrorist who blew up over 200 people on the aircraft that exploded over Lockerbee was allowed to leave prison, return to his native country,and enjoy several years dying of cancer. I have zero sympathy for him as well...
  9. Bonnie, This was a very interesting report which focused on US funding the effort to reduce narco trafficking and crime associated largely with gun/narco trafficking and gangs in Central American Countries. What I found interesting was a somewhat weak evaluation of the effectiveness of the effort to shower money and assets this way to reduce these problems. Bottom line seemed to be this: Unless each individual country takes initiative to improve the underlying conditions that lend to crime ( improved education, rehabilitation efforts) crime will persist. That report substantiated that. I know there has been an effort in Panama to provide more Juvenile detention and rebab facilities and increase the capacity of jails; but this effort strikes me as weak and limp in view of what we are observing in the last several years. Unless the judicial system in Panama becomes more efficient, the jail overcrowding reduced, the juvenile detention centers with rehab capability increased ....problems will continue. Education and opportunity for underprivileged youth has to be addressed. Foreigners who elect to choose to become permanent residents of any one of these countries, should take a sober look at this situation. If they decide it's their cup of tea, then personal security should be way high on their list of priorities. Crime has gone from stealing a rake you left outside to entering your bedroom at 2:30 am to stab and shoot you in order to garnor a few bucks and your available stuff.
  10. No. The report I found was the US Dept of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Panama. This was from the link Jim and Nena provided. Most recent report on Panama was least that I could find. That was where I drew my quotations from.
  11. Strange place to go off on a jaunt. Mountainous jungle with mud and weeds? Hey if I was a young gal from snowy New York I'd be hanging by the beach....but that's just me. Generally walking anywhere alone these days does not seems like a good idea. Who knows she might have hooked up with a local "guide" who was a bad dude. I'm sure more will be revealed.