Welcome to my country home in small town Panama!

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In May of 2012 after searching for a place to land away from the snowy winters in Canada and this is where we are living la vida, on the Azuero Peninsula.


My blog reflects what living in Panama is like but retirement has also given me time to explore many other areas that interest me.  Pull up a chair, and let’s pour a cup of  delicious Panamanian coffee or a cold Panama cerveza and have a chat.  Everything else can wait until mañana in the campo.

** To see where our journey began and how we got here read further here…you know you want to.  **

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  1. Dianne says:

    Hi, Karen! I’m really excited to follow your blog. We may end up as neighbours someday when my manfriend and I retire. We’re happy that you’re paving the way!

  2. nsosa says:

    Just happened upon your blog.. and I just wanted to say I love love love that you guys just went for it! I once “went for it” and moved down to Mexico.. where I met my now husband! lol We ended up moving back to the US but I dream of the day we can return to Mexico. I’m sure Panama is a lot different, but I think it’s the same idea of a more relaxed (and warm!) living .. I’ll definitely be following your blog 🙂

    • indacampo says:

      Life certainly has been interesting so far but we’ve met so many fantastic people. The Panmeños have been so welcoming to us and so patient with our Spanish. Living here has been a lesson in what we can do without for sure but we love it!

      Thank you very much for reading!


  3. Hey Karen, I tried to reach you via email and got a bounce back … so I’m trying this. I’ll be in Panama from 13 January until the 25th, and wonder if you and your husband would like to drive to Farallon and stay overnight as my guests. You’ll get a chance to meet Minga and Gloria and their families, and we’d be able to put faces to each other. I think it would be fun! I don’t have a cell phone in Panama but Gloria does and if you have any interest, we could plan using email and her phone number. Let me know what you think. I’d love to meet you both. Best, Pam

  4. Penny Metza says:

    Speaking of Canadian weather…!!!! It has been a wierd few days in Cambridge, Ontario…Tues it was a record breaking 15 degrees C….then dropped quickly overnight..now it is back to snowy blowy and wintery! Do you miss it?

    Love your blog…since we too are thinking about moving there, finding it very informative. Am trying to plan a 3 week trip for Feb or Mar of this year and must admit I am getting a little crazed by all the decisions….would like to find a place to set up base and venture out from there….would you be willing to answer a load of questions for me?


  5. Very glad I’ve found your blog. I’m married to a Panamanian, but we’re living in Europe. I’ve visited Panama a number of times, but not lived there. Nevertheless, becoming very fond of Panama 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • indacampo says:

      Thank you for following! I’m now following you too. We’ve visited Belgium and I’ll have to explore you blog further.

      We love Panama and my goal is to discuss our lives without disrespecting the Panamanian people and their culture. There are some challenges but we love it here!

      • I’ve read some of the issues you have encountered and I have to say that Belgium can be quite tricky. Most foreigners here have the same difficulties here. It’s a complicated country. On the bright side, we have Europe to explore. On your bright side….we’ll your days are mostly bright and shinny, here it’s mostly grey 🙂 I wouldn’t mind moving one day there

      • indacampo says:

        And the people in Latin America are among the happiest. Panama is #1!

      • I know, I read that article. I see it with my family there and my husband. Makes life so much better 🙂

  6. Dan and Janet says:

    Hello, we love reading about your adventures and after much research we feel that we would like to retire early in Panama. We are from northern Alberta (Cold Lake) as well and we would love the opportunity to talk to you

    • indacampo says:

      Hi Dan and Janet:
      I tried replying to you via your email address on your comment but it was rejected twice. What can I answer for you?

  7. allison says:

    Hi Karen! Unsure how to email you, so I will try this. Ray and I will be in Pedasi (we hope!) next Tuesday doing a drive through (from El Valle to Las Tablas to Pedasi). Can you recommend places we may want to stop for lunch? Thanks so much! Just read on AmericansinPanama to avoid some of the gringo places and a few places were named, but I thought I would ask you for your suggestions! Thanks! And if you do ever meet and greet any future expats, we would love to meet up with you to put faces with blogs. If not, I understand. You wouldn’t have to wear makeup lol!

  8. Lauren says:

    Hi! My name is Lauren and I just stumbled across your blog. I’m at college and researching Panama for a project pertaining to what media and culture is like from within Panama and I have to talk to three people who are from there/ live in Panama. I was wondering if I could email you a few questions if you don’t mind? I’d love to hear about your experience! My email is lcarter@mail.smcvt.edu

  9. Congratulations on making that big move. Moving to a warmer country (especially as the snow still keeps coming here in the mountains of Virginia) is always on my mind. And as the economy keeps spiralling down, I think more and more folks will be following you…..

  10. I was looking for a “follow” button and couldn’t find one anywhere on your site. Now I realize, there is a place to follow right below the individual comment pop-up.

  11. cindy knoke says:

    How perfectly marvelous! Kudos to you~

  12. ausurfer says:

    Great to read that you up and went looking for warmth. That would be quite a different culture – did you experience any settling in issues? I think it shows that humans can adapt, if the mind is open to doing so. I know first hand myself – back in 1996 I moved from Australia to work in the USA, and ended up living in a couple of towns where winter was brutal by our standards, but I soon adapted, and loved the winters especially. 10 white Christmases in a row was very nice indeed. 🙂
    All the best to you from Brisbane, Australia.

    • indacampo says:

      The people here are so open and friendly and the people so laid back it hasn’t been that bad. Where we are you definitely need to speak at least a little Spanish or have a friend that is very fluent. And we haven’t missed the whiteness of winter yet. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  13. Hi. I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Pop over to my blog for details. Regards

  14. Connie Ulysse says:

    Hi, Karen!
    I really enjoy your blog! I just love the pictures of the countryside and wildlife. Cuanto te envidio. I hope to one day follow in your footsteps, but for now I’m getting a taste through your blog.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Harsha says:

    Nice To meet you fellow blogger,a point and shoot photographer like me.. 🙂

  16. Andy says:

    Love your blog! Great article on the cost of living — best I’ve seen. It makes me wonder what we are spending all our money on! We have been in Panama for 2 years — building up by El Valle. Most of our funds go there, but it will be worth it. Looking forward to real retirement someday. Currently lucky to be working for a US firm.

    • indacampo says:

      Gracias! I have to take another look and see where we are now for costs. Prices have gone up on certain things but I don’t think that we’re driving places as much to find “the stuff” anymore. It’s just too nice being at home and around our own town.

      Good luck with your adventure! 🙂

  17. Loca Gringa says:

    I am awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award for the quality of your work. I realize that it is a tremendous amount of work to accept this award and of course do understand if you do not have the time to do so! Jejeje, it’s taken me months to getting around to accepting this myself!
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I enjoy your work immensely!

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  18. tobyo says:

    que interesante….we too want to retire somewhere warm but have a specific place in mind: southern Spain! perhaps I could learn some things from you. Thanks for the pingback for my post, that’s how I got here. Nice to meet you 🙂

  19. Hey Karen, it’s Chris from thestayathomegringo.blogspot.com. I’m launching a new site soon (hopefully on Nov. 1st) and I want to add you to a page I’m creating about other Panama bloggers. Can you write me at cmpowers56@gmail.com so I can tell you more about it? I thought we’d communicated by email before, but maybe not. I can’t seem to track you down. Thanks 🙂

  20. Loca Gringa says:

    I am awarding you the Inner Peace and Sunshine Award for the inspiring quality of your work. I realize that it is a tremendous amount of work to accept this award and of course do understand if you do not have the time to do so!
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I enjoy your work immensely! Thank you for helping to provide me with pure sunshine and inner peace!

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    • indacampo says:

      Gracias! The internet hasn’t been working too efficiently but I will look at it when it is better! 🙂

      • Loca Gringa says:

        I hear that. Had a Claro stick to start here, was not a fan, now have an Orange flybox, it’s much better. Though I want Internet Fijo, I like the portability of the Flybox. Grrr, wish it was 100% reliable.

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  22. I’m planning on going to Panama for my honeymoon this coming November! I’m looking forward to reading your blog for tips 🙂

    • indacampo says:

      Tip number 1: It will be the tail end of Wet Season. Bring an umbrella and don’t be afraid of getting wet. 🙂

      Thanks for the follow!

      • Oh yes, I’ve heard this! I’m from the Pacific NW so I’m used to the rain – but, how wet are we talking? Still hot and nice enough to take advantage of the beaches? thanks!

      • indacampo says:

        Actually the beaches are better in Wet Season, the water is warmer and so there are no jelly fish! It’s tail end of Dry Season and “it’s electrifying” out in the water now. 🙂

  23. Tania C says:

    I hear this story a lot about Canadians who move to the Tropics. Good on you! 🙂

    • indacampo says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

      • http://www./ says:

        skriver:I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this web site. I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upcoming as well. Actually your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  24. We will confess we know very little about Panama and therefore having stumbled across your blog through the weekly photo challenge, we will have to follow you with intrigue 🙂

  25. Wow, what a change, and I love your cow photo!

  26. Linda Y says:

    So happy to have found your blog!
    Thanks so much 🙂

  27. Regina says:

    Hi Karen, thank you for the beautiful things you said about my country. I recently moved back after 35 years in the US. I am looking forward to keeping company with English speaking folks so I don’t loose the language habit (lol). I am very please that I have no shortage of potential English speaking friends in the Azuero area. Once I settle; I will pursue volunteering at the local school in Pocri, to help the children with their English lessons, in light of the new Government’s plans to make education bilingual across the border.
    I am so much looking forward to moving to El Campo!!

    • indacampo says:

      Welcome Home! I’m sure that that the school in Pocri will appreciate your help. Today we are holding a market place in the cancha in Pedasi to support the spay and neuter program in the district. If you have time come by and see us. 🙂

  28. rsheffer says:

    Hi Karen I am a British English teacher and my husband and I would like to come and teach English in Panama. We have just taught for 3 years in China and we would now like to explore Central America.Do you have any idea if we could get a job somewhere in Panama? FYI we are both retired but we don’t just want to retire and do nothing but come and be involved in the community.We speak a little Spanish.I have a teaching certificate and an MA.THanks ,Ruth

    • indacampo says:

      I don’t know much about getting employment as I’ve never looked for work in Panama.

      If you’d like to teach English likely the first place to start would be the schools. There are several international schools in Panama that hire teachers from outside the country. Another place to get some feedback would be on the facebook page for Expats looking for work.(https://www.facebook.com/groups/805854446094326/) Jobs for Expats in Panama.

      If you haven’t checked out the Panama for Real site you should: http://www.panamaforreal.com/ I know that Chris has taught ESL in the city and he has a good knowledge of the schools in the area because he has children.

      You’d also have to check on how to go about getting an employer to sponsor a visa to work or if you’re planning on staying long term obtain the “Friendly Nation Visa”. Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Regina Polo says:

        Hi Ruth; I hope that you can come to Panama. English is much needed here because of the new President’s ambition to make all teaching bilingual, (Spanish and English). As for a job, you can check with Montessori school system. They just started a program at Isla Canas in Azuero. They might even help you get a working visa. Let me know if it works out. I will be moving to Pocri’, a town near the best known Pedasi’ and you can look me up there. Hope to have you over soon. Regina Polo

    • indacampo says:

      Thank you for your feedback Regina!

  29. Melinda Kenyon says:

    Hola, just came across your blog, lots of good info on it. We are actually moving to Pedasi. Hoping to start our home in Costa Pedasi in the next month. Would love to chat some time.

  30. Chris says:


    Your blog is great and I’ve been reading your entries for awhile. As an Albertan, it’s neat to read about a couple that escaped Canada’s winter for the sunny climate of Panama.

    My family and I (wife and young baby) are getting ready to book a vacation to Panama in mid-January for approx two weeks.

    Our plan is to arrive in Panama city, stay a couple days, then rent a car to visit the Azuero – most likely visiting Chitre, Las Tablas, and Pedasi.

    If you have any tips (e.g., best place to rent a car, recommended hotels, things to see / do), we would really appreciate hearing them.

    Thank you for your time.

  31. Jill says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for sharing your story. My husband and I are trying to relocate from Costa Rica to Panama and we really like the sound of the Azuero Peninsula area.

    I am really struggling to find places to rent in or around Playa Venao. We are both surfers, so we’d like to be close to good waves and so far it seems that the best surf is around Playa Venao. Do you have any real estate contacts over there? Any help would be amazing!

    Thanks for your time!

  32. Joe Pinzone says:

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in the Caribbean/Central America and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    Casting Producer
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  33. Hello,

    My name is Betty Gonzalez and I am from Panamá (country), I work for Decuria Group > http://www.decuriagroup.com wwwpalmarpanama.com and We would like to make marketing of our projects in your blog if that is possible, let me know if we can and how to proceed.

    Best Regards

  34. Park Wilsom says:

    It’s Park Wilson from over at VivaTropical.com. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, we’re big fans of your site. In fact, we think it’s one of the best Panama websites out there and have selected it as one of our 2015 Viva Picks in that category! Congratulations!

    To remain a Viva Picks website, simply click the link below to accept your nomination. You’ll also find a badge you’ll want to display on your website, designating you as a Viva Picks 2015 winner!


    Keep up the great work!

    Park Wilson

  35. Camilla Cornell says:

    Hi Linda: Would love to interview you for the Globe and Mail re retiring abroad if that’s okay. Please get in touch ASAP!

  36. Camilla Cornell says:

    Sorry, just realized your name is Karen. That was a misreading of indacampo as Linda Campo. Now I’m embarrassed!

    • indacampo says:

      Well, I thought you were a spammer but now I’ll reply to you via email. I was wondering where you got Linda from… 🙂

  37. al says:

    Well a fellow Canadian here from the big smoke. Saw the article in the globe today and thought of checking your blog out. Wow you have quite a nice blog. Enjoyed reading it.

    Best wishes !

    • indacampo says:

      Thank you very much! I was so busy yesterday I didn’t get a chance to check my emails and didn’t see the email telling me the article was published. Stop by again any time. 🙂

  38. Ann says:

    Hi. I also saw the article in Globe and Mail. Wish I knew about your blog earlier. I was in Pedasi in July 2015, and would have loved to have met you. My husband Troy’s passion is fishing. Usually his fishing trips are men only, but he and his pals went to Pedasi in the spring, loved it, and wanted to come back. However, the deal was that he had to take me with him. We stayed at Panafishing lodge outside of Pedasi, and owners Pierre and Clemence were wonderful… they had a brand-new baby girl! What I wanted to say, though, is how charming the village of Pedasi is. I was surprised by the number of gringos…retired expats and young backpackers and surfer dudes/dudettes. I think that anyone thinking to relocate there should definitely learn Spanish. I found myself speaking Spanish and French (to other foreigners). I noticed a lot of development and signs for houses to buy, but was told that some of the developments had seen no progress in some time. Caveat emptor. I could see myself living there… Thank you for providing such detailed information.

    • indacampo says:

      Welcome! So glad that your experience was a positive one in Panama and Pedasi. We do have some of the best fishing in Panama here. And it’s true, it’s best to get to know some of the foreigners in the area to get some unbiased information. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  39. Karl says:

    Hola Karen.
    We are Canadians seriously considering retiring to Panama in the near future.
    Have read some of your blogs and find them interesting and informative. Will continue to read till we get closer to retiring.Thank you.

    • indacampo says:

      If you look on the right hand side of the blog page there are a couple of blog sites from my Panama friends that you might want to check out also as part of your research. Good luck and thank you for commenting and reading.

  40. Hi Karen,
    Love your blog. We find it helpful and fun.
    We are moving to David next summer, just getting quotes on the move from Wainwright Alberta. Did you use starline?


    • indacampo says:

      Yes we did. We had fantastic service from them. I hope you do too!

      My hubby spent more time in Wainwright that he cares to talk about. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  41. Darlene says:

    Hello Karen (and SU and dos gatos!);
    We are like many before, trying to sort out numerous details to determine if Panama is the right choice for us to retire to. Your blog has provided much information and with it, some peace of mind. Thanks for sharing your experiences. We are planning to come this year for 4-6 months to travel around to get a better feel for the climate, country, and society. We did get to PC, Colon, Bocas del toro, David, Boquete, and Santa Catalina on a whirlwind 3 week tour in April 2013. Although we have many questions, most can wait for now. A couple that are important at this time are 1) the timing of the visit – to experience the winds and rain in various parts but also some better weather and; 2) we would like to have a 4X4 to get around with – is it better to get a lease/rent or buy for that time period? As far as the timing we were thinking about September to January. As far as the vehicle, we can’t find information on leases or long term rentals. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Darlene and Murray

    • indacampo says:

      Hello Darlene and Murray:

      In order to answer all your questions and for others who might possibly read the response, I will answer #1 on this forum and #2 I will answer only partially here.

      1. Timing of the visit:

      You indicate that you came in April when you were here three years ago. I’m sure that you will see a lot of changes in the countryside compared to your travels three plus years ago. You may find that you want to revisit some of the places you went to before.

      Where new to travel to this time all depends on what type of lifestyle you are looking for. For example; we knew we wanted to be near a beach or beaches, that we didn’t want to be totally surrounded by foreigners (like us) all the time, and that we didn’t want to be in the noisy city. (Although we have intermittent noise during fiestas!) We don’t have a movie theatre, the closest one is an hour away. That was a compromise on our part. We have stores in town but the large grocery stores require a car ride of a half hour or an hour depending on what we’re looking for. But, the road system is much improved from when we moved four years ago. Those are just a few infrastructure things to consider as well as ease of access to an international or regional airport, access to health care (especially if you or your partner have a chronic health issue), and an established community of foreigners (small or large). The latter might not be important to everyone but, sometimes a support group of people who come from a similar culture or background makes all the difference to a successful and happy life in another country.

      The climate was also a factor. We lived in a dry climate and wanted an area that wasn’t humid all the time. The Azuero Peninsula is part of Panama’s “Dry Arch” and is drier than Bocas del Toro for instance, where you will likely find rainstorms all year round, the worst of which will be during the time you are planning to be here. In Boquete, it will be colder and wetter. Panama City will be warm, humid and wet and some days the streets will be running like rivers. Rain, in most areas of the country, does not last all day every day. Some places will have rainstorms only in the late afternoon, here we will have a day of rain and then a day or two of sunshine before the next storm. The closer to the rain forest a place is the more rain that area will receive.

      You will be here during the height of Wet Season which usually commences anywhere from May to July depending where you are in the country. The humidity is beginning to rise everywhere now in preparation for the season. The first indication is the small green leaves that are coming out on some of the trees that lose their leaves in Dry Season.

      Last year we had a few sprinkles in June but didn’t get a big storm until July. Elsewhere, the rains began earlier. In truth, last year was very dry throughout the country and rainfall was down significantly everywhere due to El Niño. Still, the areas that usually receive more rain than we do got more rain than we did. Our Wet Season stopped when the drying winds from the North began early in December, other places in the country received rain until January.

      2. Vehicle rental/lease/purchase:

      I think it wise to consider a 4×4 to travel to various regions of the country. Particularly during Wet Season and if you plan on being in any hilly regions. Car rental is fairly pricey in Panama so you really have to weigh whether long term rental is practical or if buying a used vehicle fits better with your budget. But, unlike in North America, vehicles retain their value much better here so there aren’t too many bargains to be found. Very few car dealerships would offer long-term leases here or have a used car lots. Most used cars are sold by the individual owner, in car repair shops or by independently owned used car lots. I would recommend visiting Encuentra 24 http://www.encuentra24.com/panama-en/cars-auto-trucks to get an idea of what prices are like for vehicles. I’ve known a few people who do buy vehicles to use short term and they pretty much sell them for the same that they bought them for when they leave.

      I’ll also send you an email with some further information of someone better in the know than I regarding vehicle purchase or to explore the possibility of a private lease arrangement.

      In closing, I’m kind of throwing the ball back in your court for you to decide what is best for you. For a small country, there are a lot of different micro-climates, amenities and infrastructure issues. I hope this helps somewhat. 🙂

      Karen Ann

  42. I. Greenwald says:

    I would love to visit Panama as an adult. When I was a child we lived in Ecuador for a couple of years and would fly to Panama for shopping and when my baby brother was sick. One of my favorite things about Panama was my parents letting me play in the rain and puddles in my swimsuit.

  43. shelbicraig says:

    Hi Karen,
    My husband and I love your blog, it is so helpful with our move.
    We will be moving to David in 14 months, we have planned this for many years.
    We spoke before. We live in Alberta.
    I see your expenses are about 1500-2000 a month. Then there is the rent or buying a house and the dollar exchange at about 30 %
    So I am thinking it would cost about 2000-2500 on top of home ownership?
    We live average, nothing fancy and don’t go out often.
    We are in our late 50 and no pension yet so I have to make sure we have enough savings until pension kicks in. We would buy a house. We will be there this winter to look at houses and to meet with the lawyer.
    Do you think 1500USD is enough to live on? Also we are bringing a 20 foot container.
    Should we bring appliances? Fridge, stove, w/d?
    Enjoy the sun

    • indacampo says:

      Hi Shelbi:

      I’m not going to lie, the drop in the dollar has taken a toll on our bank account. We also don’t go out much, but when we do it is often out to dinner with friends. That’s our one “splurge”.

      I just got the electric bill it was $46.00, I don’t run the dryer often and we rarely use the air conditioner. We do use the ceiling fans (two) in the living room during the day and one ceiling fan and one floor fan in the night to sleep. Our windows are open all the time. David is warmer than Pedasi and they don’t get the breezes that we get so you might want to think about air conditioning, at least until you get acclimatized. That can take anywhere from six weeks to six months.

      Rent will be slightly different in David as compared to here. You could probably find something cheaper. Rents here would start around $750.00 per month for something that you would want to live in. I know my friend Kris and her husband Joel rent a house in David and they pay less than $400.00/month. I’ve been there and it is quite nice. Their grocery bill is slightly lower than ours is also, they have better access to vegetables that grow in Cerro Punta and don’t live out in the boonies like we do. I think as long as you are able to find a place with reasonable rent, $1,500.00 would be a squeaker but if you watch your food expenses and your electric consumption, you could be o.k. If you owned your home it cuts the rent out of the equation.

      As for appliances, if you are paying for a whole container and have room you can bring them. Everything is the same plugs, wattage etc. here. Unless you are madly in love with your stove, leave it at home. You’ll find that most are adapted to run on propane here. Here are some websites stores that sell linea blanca (appliances) so you can compare costs: Panafoto http://www.panafoto.com/es/cat/prods/215/línea_blanca
      DoIt Center http://www.doitcenter.com.pa/tienda/linea_blanca/

      If I had to go back, I would have bought a larger refrigerator. There are so many things that should be kept in the fridge here because of bugs or mold. Think spices, flour, rice, dry pasta etc. We bought a smaller fridge thinking there was only the two of us now, wrong! In addition, it may not be worth it to bring older appliances. If something goes wrong, you may not be able to find a part to get them repaired.

      Thanks for the sentiment about the sun. We’ve had some doozy rain storms the last few days. We’re back to the way it was when we first moved here, a real good Wet Season with the rain blowing in from the South.

      Gracias for reading and I’m glad your finding some helpful information. Happy Canada Day!

      • shelbicraig says:

        Hi Karen,
        I am replying to this older post, I hope you receive this.
        We have our flights booked for 21 January to come and see exactly where we are going to live and possibly look at houses.
        The information on your blog is so helpful, it is nice to read about someone from Alberta that knows about the exstreme cold here and the dollar exchange.
        My husband and I would like to meet you and your husband and take you out to dinner.
        If your interested please email me.


  44. shelbicraig says:

    Thanks for the reply. We would be buying a house. Just spoke with a lawyer to set up a corporation to put house in.
    I am so excited, it has been many years dreaming about this move.
    Hope we can meet in Jan or Feb. if there is something you would like brought down from here please let me know.

  45. Scott MacDonald says:

    I can see your being bombed by people asking questions.
    well I am another one.

    I would like tobe able to ask questions and chat about your experiences and Panama.

    I am divorced with a military pension and am considering retiring to Panama,

  46. Robert Makinen says:

    Hi Karen

    I have been researching Panama as a retirement location for the past three years now. My wife Sue and I were planning on retiring and making a move six years from now but life has changed and we are now looking to move this October.

    We will be coming on a research trip February 3-18 with the first week (February 4-11) staying at Uverito Beach near Las Tablas. Then on to Boquete and ending with Panama City.

    During our stay at Uverito Beach we would like to come to Pedasi and take you and SU out to lunch and ask questions about life in your area of Panama.

    Any day February 4-10 would work for us. Please let me know if this will be possible.

    Looking forward to meeting the two of you,

  47. Emma says:

    Dear Karen

    On behalf of the editorial team at Women Travel Latin America, I’m contacting you about our 2017 WTLA Writing Competition.

    We are now accepting submissions for the Alone Together anthology, which will be a book of travel writing by women and for women and we’d love you to enter.

    We are passionate about empowering women to travel to Latin America. We want to see more women shake off any fears they may have, pack their bags, and explore new areas or revisit the ones that changed their lives in the past.

    We are looking for engaging, thought-provoking entries that explore the theme of women traveling in Latin America, whether alone or together.

    Share your stories with us; your unexpected triumphs, your moments of laughter or tears, the risks you took, the people you met, and the invisible barriers you broke along the way. Please join us in our goal of showing others that we can, indeed, travel alone – together.

    – Emma
    Editor at Women Travel Latin America

    Find out how to enter the 2017 Women Travel Latin America writing competition on our website. It’s free to enter and the top prize winner will receive US$100. The 30 top entries will be included in the Alone Together anthology, published by the Bogotá International Press.

  48. Hello Karen:

    I’m not sure if you’re still blogging or even still in Panama, but I just wanted to check in and say hello. I’ve missed your posts but hope you are doing Ok and loving life so much you don’t have time to blog.

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