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SUMMER AND WINTER IN PANAMA
It’s odd that the Panamanians think it’s winter in August. Isn’t it summer in August in the northern hemisphere, and winter in the southern hemisphere? Once you have spent an entire year in Panama, though, it begins to make sense. It is a bit cooler in August than it is in February, and so for those who live here, it feels like wintertime.
Panama, and all of Central America, have just two seasons. Summer is December through April. This part of the year is considered to be summertime because it is the hottest, driest time of the year. March and April are especially warmer. It’s more windy in the summertime in Panama too.
Winter is May through November. This is considered wintertime because it is the wet, rainy season, and often feels considerably cooler. In the higher elevations in the highland areas, such as El Valle, Volcán and Boquete, homes may even have fireplaces to fend off the chill and damp in the wintertime.
Although it’s always hot at the coastal areas in Panama, the weather in the two seasons are quite different, and govern daily activities.
One of the many things I like best about Panama is the fresh and very affordable produce. It’s readily available year round. Sometimes I buy at the grocery stores but the best prices are at the local farmers market or even vendors along the street. I wrote previously about the 50 pounds of carrots I bought for $6.
Well, last week, I topped that… I got 100 fresh oranges (42 pounds) for $4 in David. They don’t look so great but they are delicious and great for juicing.
A few weeks ago I woke up with a sore throat. The next day we drove from our 4600 foot elevation to about 2500 feet and I got severe ear pressure. I could barely hear. When we drove back to a higher elevation the pressure went away but then I got blocked sinuses and started sneezing. Over the counter drugs did little good. By day 3, I was feeling miserable and finally went to a doctor in Boquete. I had no appointment but was seen right away. He looked in my ears, nose and throat and listened to my chest then told me I had a sinus and ear infection. He gave me antibiotics for a week and ear drops plus told me to continue taking the over the counter drugs.
I asked how much. I have international health insurance and was prepared to use it.
But, I was pleasantly surprised at his reply. $10 for the doctor visit, antibiotics and ear drops. Plus, he gave me his cell phone and said if I was not feeling better in a few days to call him. He makes house calls for $20.
Imagine getting that kind of service for that price in the USA!