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.
You’ll notice that I’ve included photos of single people and some couples in this article. So let’s talk about some of the stuff that makes these relationships work.
The list you’re about to read is the 10 Things You Should Know About Dating In Panama. It might piss some people off, but none of this is fairytale.
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.
Through what we’ve both learned, we’ve compiled a list, and I want to share that with you now.Just like when I wrote my 10 Things You’ll Hate About Panama article, which you can read HERE if you missed it, and in my 15 Quirky Things About Panama, which you can read HERE, I’m sure I’ll have people write in saying they’ve never seen or heard of such things and that I’m full of it.Someone wrote that they’ve never seen anyone put ketchup on food here in Panama and wondered where I’m getting my info. Before breaking down this list of 10 things you should know, I think it’s important to say that I know what a lot of people are expecting me to add to the list.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. Is it worth it to take a chance at finding love in a foreign country? So what’s different about dating someone from Panama? A lot of people move to Panama with a spouse, making them part of an adventurous couple ready to settle down in this Central American wonderland.