In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Ever since we arrived in
Boquete, we had
been hearing of the Gringo Market that meets just across the river on Tuesday
mornings. It's the place to go to catch up on news, hear a guest speaker,
get fresh local honey, handmade jewelry, boutique coffee beans, and to find out
what the local volunteer organizations are up to.
Bridge across the Caldera River
Our hotel is just to the left of this
greenery in front of the bridge, and the market gathers where the red roofed
building is. About a five minute walk from where we were staying, we decided to
go on the first Tuesday after we checked in.
It had been raining steadily most days and
the river was happily burbling over the stones as we crossed the bridge.
The beginning of the market
Turning right as the bridge ended, we walked
down some steps and into the market. Local vendors and lots of Gringos set up
shop here to sell their wares.
Jewelry, tapestries, belts, hats, bags and
clothing all for sale
This was one of the beautiful mornings we had
in Boquete and people were out to enjoy the sunshine. The market is in a
tropical garden setting.
Fresh arepas for breakfast
Food stalls dotted the market and people
eagerly stood in line to purchase some morning yummies. Here a woman makes some
fresh arepas which are stuffed with meat and/or beans.
An indigenous Ngäbe woman offers fresh
local honey, jams and nut spreads
Buying and enjoying local products is a
Gringo pastime. Here a Ngäbe woman offers free sample tastings of honey
collected on her land along with some nut spreads and jams. Travel agencies in
town can take you on honey tours for about $35USD.
A Panamanian woman cooks up some breakfast
pancakes on a griddle. Freshly brewed coffee is for sale at another stall.
products catch the eye of Expats
We noticed that the Expats
were energized by the market and took the time to visit with each other and to
catch up on the week's happenings. It's just as much a social outlet as it is a
shopping stop. Organic foods were right inside the market on the right.
If you have an apartment
for rent or if you are looking for one, this is the place to meet up and connect
with people. If you need translation services or a ride to or from the airport,
you will find people to help you here. Want to listen to a guest speaker? There
is a theater inside and for $1USD you can find out about horticulture, coffee
brewing, traveling through Panama and more. Buy freshly roasted coffee beans
from a nearby finca that you grind at home. "Everyone" is a coffee expert
Freshly made designer
chocolate is also available inside, as are newly picked herbs, hand made cheese,
special water filters, medicinal herbs, hand carved items, embroidered blouses
If you are in Boquete,
don't miss the Gringo Tuesday market. Opens about 9:30 a.m.
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.