Edition 6-15                                      November - December 2015
Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast in Boquete, Panama
Featured Article in International Living!

• Choice of words can really make a difference!

• Indigenous creatures and animals that surround Boquete, Panama


 • Panama's President Varela - What is he up to?

• The diversity of food choices in Boquete, Panama!


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Choice of words can really make a difference!  Reflections of B&B owners in Boquete

Blog by Terry Richmeier & Manzar Lari

Recently at Casa de Montaña we put out a flier that was about a “back terrace sale” The intent was to sell off stuff that we purchased and brought down from the U.S. when we moved here. We had not used this stuff in over a year and a half since we opened for business. In the flier we tried to create a sense of urgency to come to the sale early and included the following statement “Everything must go!”


That particular statement was received by many as an indication that we were closing up shop, selling off everything at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast and were moving out of town!!!

The “Bochinche” (gossip) around town spread like wildfire! People shared their concern by either emailing or calling us directly. This told us how others viewed us as an integral part of this community and made us feel all “warm and fuzzy” and made us realize that we are truly “home” in Boquete, Panama!

A different time that comes to my (Terry’s) mind is when I was trying to give a compliment about how wonderful our dinner was, when we were invited to a friend’s house, was received and interpreted incorrectly. What was said was this, “I think I’ve gained 5 pounds during this meal” What was meant was “Wow, what a delicious dinner”, what was Interpreted was: My food that I worked so hard on is so fattening. Totally different message! Read More...

Indigenous creatures and animals that surround Boquete, Panama
Blog by Terry Richmeier


Over the last several weeks, Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast has been encountering many of the wild life that lives and surrounds the mountains and valleys of Boquete Panama.

Starting with the ever so clever Cotamundi, an indigenous animal. Manzar witnessed a bit of “feeding frenzy” when he happened to stop by at the Boquete Visitor Center recently. Here is a video where you can see this relative of the Raccoon family:

Also indigenous is the Glass Winged Butterfly. Often missed unless you take a tour guide with you, these amazing creatures are just one of many different species of butterflies in Boquete, Panama. The transparency of its wings results from the combination of three properties: first, from the low absorption of the visible light by the material constituting its wings, second, from the low scattering of the light passing through the wings and finally, from the low reflection of the light impinging on the wings surface. Adult Glass Wings can be found from Mexico through Panama and down to Colombia. They can migrate great distances and have been documented as far north as Florida:


Then, there is the Respondent Quetzal! This bird is a must see while in Boquete, Panama! The males are filled with color and this indigenous bird is hard to spot unless you have a tour guide to find them for you. They can even make interesting noises to help attract and locate the bird. You can literally be sitting under one and never see it. It is found from Chiapas, Mexico to western Panama and it is well known for its colorful plumage. The resplendent quetzal is Guatemala's national bird, and an image of it is on the flag and coat of arms of Guatemala. It is also the name of the local currency (abbreviation GTQ). Read More...

Panama’s president Varela – What is he up to?
Blog by Andres Lay


Last edition we told you about our Mayor here in Boquete, Panama, and all the work he has taken on and what he is planning to do in the following months.

Well, he is not the only one. Now we would like to tell you about the new President Varela here in Panama.


Some background about the President:

Juan Carlos Varela R. was born in Panama on December 12, 1963. He completed primary and secondary level education in the Javier College. He graduated in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech University, United States. He is married to a journalist Lorena Castillo and is a father of three children.

In the private sector he led the growth of a Panamanian company that has over 100 years of history, which has created thousands of jobs in our country, called Varela Hermanos, SA. There he served as a director since 1985 and executive vice president until January 2008. With a large social view from the private sector, Varela supported and promoted projects for culture, sports, education, folklore and the environment.

He was elected Vice President of the Republic of Panama in July 2009 and in just two years in office in the Government, he met the social promises made during the campaign, including Program 100 to 70, the minimum wage increase, the Project Curundú and the Universal Fellowship, among others.

On March 17th, 2013, Juan Carlos Varela became the presidential candidate for the Panamanian Party and on August 25th of the same year, he was proclaimed candidate of the Alliance "People First", formed by the Panamanian Party and the Popular Party, with the support of independent sectors. On May 4, 2014, Varela was elected President of the Republic of Panama for the constitutional period 2014-2019

What he has already achieved:

• The province of Colon started the complete renovation of urban infrastructure and recovery of abandoned historic buildings and sites of national interest. This plan will benefit over 25,000 people from Colon by building up to five thousand units of housing, which will be complemented by other infrastructure
• The Government achieved the most important price reduction in the last 10 years - the implementation of the Emergency Price Control of 22 products of the basic staple foods. This program

The diversity of food choices in Boquete, Panama!

Blog by Terry Richmeier & Manzar Lari

At Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast we love different flavors of food from around the world. People of Panama have their own delicious cuisine but it is good to try out different flavors as often as we can! With ex-pats from countries around the globe living in Panama and many of them in Boquete, it’s time for us to meet the needs of the tastes we so love!

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At Casa de Montaña we recognize this need and offer a breakfast with an international flair! Flavors from Mexico, Italy, Pakistan, France, Belgium, North America and of course Panama! Manzar Lari, having grown up in Pakistan has a real knowledge of South Asian and East Indian cooking. He brings this to his Cooking Classes that he hosts to teach and share recipes passed down from his mother and the culture he grew up in. Those recipes can also be found on our website by clicking on the following link: Please feel free to print them off (since each of them are in a pdf format) and give them a try. Don’t forget to let us know how they turned out or if you have any questions. And while we are sharing the above recipes, we thought we would share a few of our other favorite flavors from other places in the world! Starting right here at home in Panama!

One of the greatest sweet breads you can ever sink your teeth into is the local Hojaldra! This is usually served with breakfast and has an incredible texture of crispy on the outside and a soft, succulent interior. Of course the locals will enjoy this bread just the way it is, however, we love to dunk it into a delicious imported maple syrup! Here is the recipe Read More...

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