4 thoughts on “Panama; dirty people in a dirty city

  1. I would note that even the garbage men don’t care about the trash. When they empty the shared trashed receptacle outside of my apartment they scatter a solid 10% of it on the sidewalk.

    The dogs shitting everywhere is also a problem.

    But as you say it’s an overall mentality rather than a specific issue.

    It’s also not an issue of relative poverty as some think because Medellin is beautiful.

    That being said, I learned a long time ago not to try to change people. It’s mentally draining and never works anyway.

  2. Good luck turning a whole culture around: Right, they will not. If you don’t like the country like it is, go somewhere else. I’d like to change a lot of stuff here, but if at the same time the anarchic spirit would be extinguished … rather not.

  3. This situation will change when the citizens of this country decide that they are tired of this. There are some efforts to make changes, such as recycling, for example. But one bank and one store is not enough. It takes time.

  4. Having travelled for 50 years in over 40 countries I can state that Panama is one of the shitiest, ugliest, soul-less city I have seen in my whole life.

    Uneven footpaths full of holes where is very dangerous to walk
    Incredibly unpleasant city to walk by foot (no zebra crossing when needed, no cars slowing down to let you pass out of courtesy
    Lots and lots of rubbish everywhere (and rats)
    Rude people not smiling with a non welcoming attitude
    Pathetic food
    No notion of customer service
    Total lack of a well definded national identity (the opposute of places like the beautiful Colombia with its food and music).
    Lots of crap american food chains like McDonalds,KFC, Domino’s Pizza, etc

    And last buy not least:

    TRY TO WALK ALONE ON A STREET FOOTPATH. YOU WILL GET THE MOST ANNOYING AND IDIOTIC TAXI DRIVERS IN THE WHOLE WORLD: EVERYONE SOUNDING CAR HORNS ALL DAY LONG TO ALL PEDEDESTRIAN WALKING IN THE FOOTPATHS.

    Never going back to this shithole called Panama

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