Some of the things I love here...
I love the farmer's market in Boquete. It is open everyday and their are tons of little shops with nice people, fresh fruits and vegetables and great prices. It is way cheaper than the grocery store!
Today I bought:
Another great deal! $3.00 for a haircut and it was like the old-time shops. My son got the shaving cream and straight razor for the side burns and neck, trimmers and scissors...The whole works!
One of our dogs hurt her front leg and has some type of mange thing going on with her hair. We took her to the vet and not only was she treated for everything, she got her ears all cleaned out too. The vet was really good with the dog and super nice! Plus, you have to like a vet that has their own rescue dog that is named Chewbaca. :) Price: $20.00 (included the anti-inflamitory shot, ear cleaning and presecriptions for after-care)
There is one store that we go to frequently for hardware items and small grocery items. The lady who usually runs the cash register always remembers what we get and gives my son a candy every time we go there. She looks at our purchases for the day and asks if we also needed "whatever it was we normally get but did not get this trip." Which has saved us a few return trips. :) This store is really is good at customer service.
Most of them are very nice and extremely helpful. I get to practice my Spanish when I go there, even though they understand my English and the prices for items that people need are extremely low. Although, any name brands over the counter pills from the U.S. are a little pricey. Also, they sell medicine by the pill, not necessarily by a month supply or by the bottle. Here are a few examples.
Thyroid medicine in the States (cash price): $86.00 for generic - Panama: $9.00 for 30 pills
Advil in the States: $15.00 for 360 pills at Costco - Panama: $288.00 for 360 at the pharmacy (.80 a pill)
However, they have other pain relievers that less expensive.
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