In May, Panama president Ricardo Martinelli signed an executive order that created a new type of visa. It’s a visa that will be relatively easy to get, and will help to solve some of Panama’s shortage of skilled labor. There were more questions than answers about it initially. A couple of weeks after the order […]
There’s been a fair amount of car talk around our house recently, for two reasons. First, I’m planning a trip back to the US in another month. My primary mission will be to retrieve my car (our daughter’s been using it over the summer) and sell it, so we’ll have some funds. Second, we’ve decided […]
As an expat, small things can have a disproportionately big impact on your happiness. In this case, the “small things” all had wings. One of the first things I noticed about our rental house in Las Tablas, Panama, was the absence of screens on the windows. At first this wasn’t a problem. Even with windows […]
Several readers have asked me how easy it’s been to adjust to Panama’s climate after living for over two decades in Florida. Climate is an important consideration in finding an overseas location you’re comfortable in as an expat. So did living in Florida prepare me for living in Panama? The reality is — not so […]
Last week we took a road trip south from Las Tablas, down through Pedasi and past Playa Venao, along the eastern coast of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. I love the mountains, and I also like the ocean. The Azuero gives me both. No matter where you are on the peninsula, you’re within sight of one or […]
Las Tablas is a bustling little town. It’s busiest when temperatures are coolest — in the early morning, around lunchtime, and then in the evening after dark. (Here in the tropics, we don’t have the lengthened summer evenings and the short, short winter days that North Americans are used to.) It’s located on Panama’s Azuero […]
When we decided to move to Panama, we liked the idea of being close to both beaches and mountains. Last Saturday we spent the afternoon at Playa Uverito. That’s the beach most folks from Las Tablas use on a regular basis. Only about six miles out of town over a brand-new, top-notch road, it’s easy […]
Less than 2 weeks. That’s all it took for one of our dogs to disappear after moving to Panama. Here’s what happened after losing a dog in Las Tablas.
Two buses, four cabs, $12. Yesterday my husband and I went to Chitre, about 30 miles north of where we’re living, to shop for things we can’t find here in Las Tablas. We took two buses and four cabs, and the total bill came to about $12. When we decided to relocate to Panama, we […]
Our 3 dogs finally joined me, but bringing the pets to Panama was an adventure all on its own.