OCU WITH FRIENDS
I have been fortunate to make several friends while living in Panama. Many are expats who share a sense of adventure that motivated them to leave their familiar homes. Others are tourists from literally all over the world who were intrigued by Panama. The individuals, however, that I am in daily contact are members of Panama’s working... [Read more of this review]
One of the very first things that I changed when I arrived in Panama was my routine. For many years getting out the door to work was my first consideration. There were a couple of things I would add walking a mile on the treadmill or completing a Wii routine before showering, but my resolve never lasted for more than a few weeks before fading. ... [Read more of this review]
Back To Casco
Time does fly. The six weeks I spent at home in Northwest Washington, seemed like a few days. Nonetheless a lot was accomplished. We found new renters for my house there within a short time. Whew! I completed dental and doctor check ups. We successfully shopped for items that are to find in Panama. And most importantly,... [Read more of this review]
Panama Retirement Blog: My Entourage
One of the most compelling reasons to live in Panama is the affordability of services. It is here that I can do with my time what I wish. This luxury is not solely because I retired in June — anyone who has seen me helping Evan will question that I am retired. It is because I have services which free my... [Read more of this review]
Not long after I arrived in Casco Viejo, Evan completed the hiring a new maid from the Calicanto Foundation. The intercity program trains women from low areas including El Chorrillo and Santa Ana. While I am certain that Leonarda need little instruction on cleaning techniques, she took from the program something much more valuable. She gained... [Read more of this review]
Panama’s Day at the Denist
Before leaving for Panama, I completed a dental check up. Nothing major was considered necessary. My teeth were cleaned and old filling replaced. Everything else checked out.
While a taking a bite of a sandwich at Multiplaza, I felt a sharp pain as a tooth broke. The entire front enamel section of incisor... [Read more of this review]
Let me begin by stating that I took two years of high school Spanish. It was a long long time ago. Spanish was not my best subject. I passed just enough to complete the college entry requirement. I definitely wasn’t conversational.
My memory of most words vanished years ago. Worst, I listen slow so when anyone speaks fast, I only pick... [Read more of this review]
Panama’s Retirement Visa – What I Know & What I Don’t Know
Panama has one of the world’s best retirement incentive programs. Almost everywhere and almost on everything there is a discount offered to those who have this documentation. I’m currently applying for one.
Sandra KellyHere’s what I know:
* A Pensionado Visa is restricted... [Read more of this review]
A tour at Dos Jefes Finca in Boquete.
I am from the Coffee Capital of America, Seattle. Where coffee is truly appreciated. In fact, we proudly boost that we are responsible for the popularity of gourmet coffees, expresso stands, and trendy coffee cafes. Enjoying coffee to me is every bit as wonderful as savoring a fine glass of wine... [Read more of this review]
Panama Retirement Blog
When the Rooster Crows!
It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve began my Panama retirement. During this time I have trained to handle reservations; developed a space plan and decorating scheme for Evan’s apartment; undertaken my first house-sitting assignment; started a cross-fit training program; learned more... [Read more of this review]
Here is my recommended list of things to pack for travelers coming to Panama.
1. Electronic Reader - A E-reader allows you to travel considerably lighter.
2. A Small Cross Body Bag – Women bring small purses and end up not using them at all. Instead carry a very small cross body bag. It fits your passport, phone, credit card, ready... [Read more of this review]
One of the most common frustrations among those that have moved to Panama from other countries is a lack of customer service. Individuals who have taken same day service and strong work motivations for granted, are frequently dismayed that the same standards are not universal values in Panama, nor frankly, in other tropical... [Read more of this review]
One of the most daunting problems in the world is poverty. Poverty is a robber of human potential and health. It destroys ambition, creates hostility, promotes crime, instills discrimination, and enslaves generations. Few born into poverty are able to escape its binds. Those creating the opportunities are rarely appreciated by those who have been... [Read more of this review]
Panama Expats: Meeting Mary
There is a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in Casco Viejo. Perhaps because it is small community within a city. Perhaps it is because it attracts those who are sharing the restoration of one of the only remaining colonial areas in all of Latin America. Or perhaps, it is because they share an adventurous spirit... [Read more of this review]
Wake Up And Smell the Coffee
One of my favorite communities in Panama is Boquete. As a native of Seattle, Washington, Boquete’s climate is comfortable and much like the Northwest’s Spring. It is surrounded by forested mountains and rippling streams, again like home even though these forests are tropical rain forests rather than evergreen. ... [Read more of this review]
My San Blas Adventure
Last year when provided the opportunity to travel to San Blas, I choose Bocas el Toro. Both were on Panama’s Caribbean shore and it seemed evident that Bocas would be more to my liking. We would be able to stay the Garden of Eden on a private island owned by an American couple with lovely rooms, modern conveniences, and a... [Read more of this review]
Panama Retirement Travel Blog: Day 5 — Night at Las Clementinas
One of my favorite experiences will be the night that we stayed at Clementinas in Casco Viejo. With great affection for old movies and the movie stars of long ago – Flynn, Harlow, Gable, and Leigh, I was thrilled to enter Clemintinas which is the area’s newest restoration. ... [Read more of this review]
My Panama travel blog. Day 4
We are on the move again. From El Valle we head southwest (I think), toward Panama City and to the Pacific Ocean. This time we will staying at the best of the best at the Bristol in Buenaventura. It is a five-star hotel located in a private community that has spared little expense in the creation.
I wish I could say... [Read more of this review]
Our second destination was El Valle. Again, we traveled by bus with very much the same experience except the buses we were on were full. One had standing room only but a young woman graciously insisted that I take her seat which allowed me to sit next to a 4 year old girl for the trip down the crater into El Valle. By the end of the trip, my... [Read more of this review]
Arriving in Panama, I easily went through customs and found Evan waiting for me. Our Panama adventure was about to begin.
We spent the first night in Casco Viejo and after nice relaxing dinner, pack our bag so we could leave easily in the morning. Up early, we took a cab to the bus terminal only to find a second trip would be needed to find a forgotten... [Read more of this review]