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Tiempo Libre in Panama

-Lauren Kalbfell

The last blog entry of my trip will explore what Panamanians do in their free time, tiempo libre. At our time here at UDELAS, we were put in placements that were associated with our fields of study, so I was placed observing sessions in the speech pathology/audiology clinic. We were in those placements daily from 7:30am (had to be on the road by 6 to accommodate all the traffic- and for anyone who knows me, they know that I thought waking up at 5:00am was foul) until 12:00pm. We ate lunch on our own and had tiempo libre the rest of the evening most days. So we found out a thing or two about tiempo libre in our time in Panama.

In Panama City, the workday usually goes till 5 or later. Click here to continue reading!


El Canal de Panama!

-Lauren Kalbfell

The famous canal- most in the US have heard of it in history and geography classes and are generally familiar with it and its history. But here in Panama City, every Panamanian is familiar with it and knows its rich and elaborate history, the manpower and resources that are required to continue its ongoing use, and what it means to the country of Panama and their international relations.

A ship from Liberia making its way through the Panama Canal.

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Family & Related Topics in Panama City


The family dynamic is an aspect of American culture that we’ve all learned without having to be taught in school. It’s an interesting thing to try to pick up on when you’re an outsider observing the culture. It’s also a difficult topic to ask others questions about, because there’s a lot of cultural stipulations around privacy and asking questions that I don’t exactly have a handle on yet. I was asking one of the students in the speech clinic, Milagros, about how much a speech pathologist might make in this country and if it is a comparatively lucrative career. She grew red in the face and told me, “no le pregunte“, “don’t ask that.” So when interviewing three other students in the clinic about Panama’s family dynamic, Margarita, Angelo, and Yulymay, I tread with caution.

Margarita is a 21-year-old girl with a friendly face and big dimples Click here to continue reading!

Transportation in Panama City


So getting around is an entirely different experience aquí en Panama. We noticed that when we pulled out of the airport, and haven’t stopped noticing it since then.

At any rate, getting around in Panama City requires guts! It is not strange to find someone Click here to continue reading!

Lauren Kalbfell

For all those interested readers, updating our blog is a requirement of the trip and heavily influences the grade we get on our experience here in Panama. We have to blog pretty extensively about a topic of our choice at least four times throughout the trip. But this post will be for you, not as part of the grade, because you’re interested in the experience and I’m interested in telling my loved ones!

As I’ve told some friends who’ve asked, Click here to continue reading!