At first, it was a journey smelling of coffee, faraway lands, and adventure. Then, perhaps, it was love. Then, definitely, it was a book. You can read all about my travels in Panama and El Salvador in my autobiographic novel Coffee Man, Cinnamon Girl.

And what can you find in Panama? Friendly people, untouched nature, excellent food spiked by Caribbean and Spanish influences, a volcano that is home to one of the best coffees in the world, indigenous inhabitants, hummingbirds and long-tailed Quesal parrots, cane fields, delectable rum, loud salsa, and beautiful beaches.