For those people, this article might not provide much need-to-know info, but I think, in many ways they could still benefit from this, because many of the topics I’ll discuss in this article have to do with how we conduct ourselves in public.
Life in Panama is different, and by acting the way we did back home, we can sometimes ostracize ourselves.
But if you’re going on a date, Panamanians would hope that you’d dress accordingly.
“I went on a date one time and this guy showed up in shorts, sneakers, and a T-shirt. One of the biggest turn offs for Panamanian women especially, but it also applies to Panamanian men, is a date who doesn’t dance. If you’re young, you’ll probably end up in a nightclub (still called discos here) with reggaeton, rap, and techno.
This is all info collected from single people out in the dating world.
You may not agree with some of it, but I’m sure if you ask around, you’ll find someone who does.
And there are plenty of people in Panama, and everywhere else, more than willing to date someone just because they think he or she has money. If you’re out with someone you’re freshly dating and they hint that they like a pair of shoes, okay, maybe you buy them a gift.
But if it turns out they continuously ask for these “gifts” and every date seems to be a trip to the mall, you might want to stop and think about what you’re getting yourself into.
However, both Marlene and I, have worked in Panama.
We’ve been around young singles and not-so-young singles, and we’ve heard all the stories, all the complaints, and all the expectations.
We were just going to the movies, but I wanted to dress to impress him and apparently he didn’t care to do the same.” -Lisette (Panama)That’s a very real situation. Well, first, you might unexpectedly meet mom, and second, you might not get invited in at the end of the date, not if there are family members waiting inside. If you’re a little older, you’ll probably be taken to a salsa or tipico club, so be ready to dance. It doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not you can dance. Marlene used to get so mad at me because I didn’t want to dance.
Just because we’re in a place with a laidback lifestyle, don’t leave your manners back home. I know plenty living on their own, but it’s very common here to share a home with your parents. Sometimes it’s the opposite, and it’s the single parent moving back in with the child. I always felt like people would make fun of me and giggle, like, “Look at the goofy gringo.” And they probably do.
You should hear some of the stories we’ve been privy too.