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[2 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Penonomé & Toabré

During the week, Yami invited me to spend a day with her at her clinic, in the tiny hamlet of Toabré in the hills outside Penonome. In order for dentists and doctors to receive permission from the government to work as medical professionals in Panama, upon completion of their degree/doctorates, they must complete two years as an intern, which basically involves working for the Ministry of Health in the ‘interior’ of Panama (i.e in the country, away from Panama City). New dentists and doctors are assigned clinics in which they …

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[25 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Days 282 to 293 – Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 9th July 2006
I arrived in Panama City in mid afternoon, and didn’t want to travel out to Penonome that same day so I checked in at Zuly’s, the hostel I stayed at back in February, and caught up with goings on in the World Cup, before heading to Penonome to see Yami the following morning.

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[31 Mar 2005 | Comments Off | ]


Born in 1980, raised in Suffolk, educated in both Suffolk and Staffordshire, my first backpacking trip began in September 2005 to Latin America, which you can read all about on the other blog. Upon my return to the UK in August 2006, plans were already developing for the next trip – to India and China. However this trip never materialised. During the planning period, along came the offer of a good job in Barbados, and whilst I would have loved to continue travelling, an opportunity to live …