Before You Go To Cuba


Before you go to Cuba, you need to understand the “sonic sound attacks” that have taken place on American diplomats in Cuba. For your own safety, and understanding of the US relationship with Cuba, and vice versa, and the attitudes and feelings of Cubans toward US Americans, you need to watch this excellent discussion by the NEW YORK TIMES.

Now we have another clue to what this secret, sonic weapon may actually be. In this video you can hear the sounds that have had such an impact on US/Cuban policy.

Full disclosure: I’ve been to Cuba 18 times now and I’ve never heard anything like this, except once out in the country when we were going up to the spectacular El Nicho waterfalls. Since we have a similar sound in Panama with the “attacks” only occassional, seasonal, and usually not in the area I live, I do know that the sound can be maddening.


AS Cuba celebrates the 60th Anniversary of its Revolution, I can also tell you that the Cubans I’ve met love the US people and would dearly like to have a more open and productive relationship with their neighbors. They are able to separate the foolish posturing of politicians and governments, with their games, agendas, and power plays, from the genuine affections of people-to-people relationships. There are great needs in Cuba and they would like to meet fill those needs with relationships with US companies which would profit both sides. But if the US is not interested, other nations are, most notably China and Russia, both of whom are more than willing to step into the gap.

It should also be noted that Florida Senator Marco Rubio was born in the US, the son of Cuban immigrants who came to the US long before the Castro Revolution, and who, with the exception of Senate junkets to Guantanamo Naval Base has actually never even been to Cuba.


Now is the time to go to Cuba … while you still can. The people are warm, wonderful, and welcoming of US Americans. Go, enjoy the food, the music, the architecture, the culture, have your own people-to-people encounters and make up your own mind then come back home and send as strong message to your elected representatives.

Boquete Property For Sale


4,500 sq ft (418 sq m) Tuscan-inspired 3 BR, 3.5 baths …

Library, indoor/outdoor fireplace, privacy, just 10 minutes from the bustle of “downtown” Bajo Boquete on a fully paved road, in a small Panamanian & expat community and just 35 minutes from David, priced at $557,000.


Time to escape? This peaceful slice of paradise is just above Alto Boquete in nestled on approximately 1.7 acres [69 hectares] planted with tropical gardens, fruit trees (lemon, orage, avocado, banana, plantain, coffee), private trails, seasonal creek, mountain views, private driveway lined with Royal Palm trees. This is a bird lovers dream! Put bananas from your garden on the bird feeder and watch five to seven spectacular species show up while you sip your first morning coffee. If you’re a coffee lover you can grow and roast your own!

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This approximately 4,500 sq ft Tuscan-inspired 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home includes a high-ceiling living room with double-sided river rock fireplace opening out on to an expansive terrace/porch which overlooks the small valley below.  The living room opens into a dining room and a kitchen with granite counter tops and Burmese Cherry cabinets.  The open concept extends out to a huge terrace/porch ideal for entertaining. Many expats have called it “the most beautiful house in Boquete.” The home is all one levelno steps and the master bath features a large, light-filled walk-in shower.

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The open concept extends out to a huge terrace/porch ideal for entertaining.

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If you are in Panama or planning a house hunting trip or would like to schedule a visit, please let us know.  And yes, if you wish to use a real estate agent we will cooperate.

Priced at $557,000 – Additional adjoining property available. – Skype: richard.detrich – In Panama:  Nikki 507-6808-4833 – Richard 507-6966-0006 – US 707-243-3454

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What’s here?




Fifteen years ago when we moved to Boquete, Panama, there really wasn’t a whole lot of information available online, and blogging was somewhat new, so I began blogging about the joys and challenges of living in Panama. Then lots of folks started blogs, so now I only write occasional pieces about living in Panama. But not to fear … there is a whole repository of interesting blogs about life in Panama right here.



It is a tough job, but someone has got to do it. My first cruise ship gig was back in the 60s on the cruise staff of a student ship to Europe. Eventually I started working my vacations as a chaplain on cruise ships, that led to us owning travel agencies in Southern California, and then after retiring early and moving to Panama, and then 12 years ago I began lecturing on cruise ships. Now, after countless cruises, two trips around the world, and lecturing on over 294 different ports, I’m still enjoying being at sea on luxury cruise ships. It is a better retirement job than being a greeter at Walmart, not that there is anything wrong with being a greeter at Walmart. So, come along and share the adventure!

Dr Richard Detrich


We have a beautiful Tuscan-style estate home just outside of Boquete with 4 acres of tropical landscape with coffee, banana, avocado, and citrus trees. We also have a spot right on and overlooking the water in Boca Chica. And, I’m still working on ships 4 to 6 months a year … so eventually we are going to want to downsize. So, if someone comes along who wants a beautiful tropical estate …