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Diving Panama’s Prison Paradise: Introducing Isla de Coiba

I often equate diving to a form of aquatic yoga — relaxing, meditative, weightless. Isla de Coiba destroys that analogy. Diving there is no yoga — it’s a tough mudder. We’re...
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Photo of the Week 146

I’ve been back in New York for ten days now, and from Albany to Brooklyn it seems the awful weather is the topic of the hour. I mostly just stay quiet and nod in empathy, since no one wants to hear...
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Santa Catalina: Panama’s Untamed Treasure

Ask a backpacker about the beaches in Panama, and it’s likely they’ll start waxing poetic about the Caribbean sands of Bocas del Toro. And for good reason — it’s a unmissable stop...
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Let’s Talk: How Much is Too Much Drinking on The Road?

Back in January, I addressed some interesting and controversial feedback I received from my reader survey. I loved the discussion that ensued, and hashing out a complicated topic with you guys in the...
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Fresh Air, Swing Jumps and Toucans in El Valle

“Alex! Get over here, now! The toucan has landed!” Anders hissed at me before slinking back to his lookout, binoculars pressed to his face. No, we weren’t rehearsing for our stage debut...
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The Top 8 Things to Do In Panama City

I left Panama City kicking and screaming — in just eight days, the metropolis had joined a lofty list of my favorite urban centers around the globe. And I’ve taken on spreading the word about...
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Photo of the Week 145

Five and a half months, twenty-three and a half weeks, one hundred and sixty-four days — however you say it, I’ve been away from the great state of New York for quite some time. I returned...
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Let’s Talk: The Ethics of Zoos And Aquariums

The first day that I was in Baños, Ecuador, I went to a zoo. I was restless to get out and do something after being caged in an overnight bus, and it was the first suggestion out of a fellow...
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Style at Every Price in Panama City

So far I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m obsessed with Panama, a passion that ignited in the Casco Viejo neighborhood of Panama City. One aspect of my infatuation? Great design is...
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Riding on the Rails of History: The Panama Canal Railway

There’s something utterly romantic about train travel, an allure that just simply does not translate to being stuffed into a crusty bus seat and staring out at bumper to bumper traffic on the...
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Photo of the Week 144

Putting up Sunday’s Photo of the Week posts is always a great gauge of where my head is at. Sometimes I’m in a calm, satisfied place and time moves deliciously slowly; it will feel like at...
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