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A brilliant sociologist made a study of what all cultures have in common. Guess what he came up with? First, all children have a mother and a father, whether known or unknown.  Duh.  Second, every culture has something to drink or eat that elevates the mood.  Usually, something fermented. To drink.  Like beer. In Russia, they brew vodka from potatoes. […]

Beer in Panama




It is a rare occasion in Panamá that is not punctuated by the sound of firecrackers.  Firecrackers light the night, they pop throughout the day.  Some sound like a really loud bowl of Rice Crispies and some are like cannon exploding. There have been nights I was convinced that we were under invasion by an armed foe and the city was […]

A Festival of Firecrackers