I get 10+ emails a day asking why I moved to Panama and what it’s like here. Apparently there is a lot of interest from other people who are planning to move outside of the US too. I have 15 people signed up for my July 20th Panama Tour. Instead of replying to each email individually, I thought I’d tell you about it now.
I left for two main reasons.
#1 I don’t like the direction the US government is headed in. I could write a whole essay on that alone. The entitlement mentality in the USA is destroying the country.
#2. I wanted to live I a place where the weather was spring like every day. I didn’t want to endure another Texas summer with 110 degree days for 2-3 months straight.
This is what life is like in Panama.
This morning is a typical perfect morning. The sky is blue, there is a gentle breeze, and it’s 70 degrees. I’m sitting on my patio, drinking coffee, watching and listening to all the activity going on around me. My cat is exploring her “territory”
The coffee was grown and roasted at a coffee farm just down the road. FRESH coffee is a real treat here. I have hundreds of coffee plants on my property and look forward to my first harvest in the Spring.
Yesterday we cut down about 10 banana trees so we’d have a better view of the mountains. A couple of whacks with a machete and the tree is down easily. There are 70 full grown banana trees on my property and a constant supply of organic bananas.
I hear all kinds of bird sounds all around me. There are humming birds everywhere. They are attracted to the many exotic flowers I have in my yard. Two beautiful yellow and orange birds just flew by. They are frequent visitors and I suspect they have a nest with babies in the bamboo trees. The birds are the first things I hear in the morning and the last thing I hear before falling asleep.
I see butterflies, bumble bees, a big toad, geckos, turkey.
There is so much LIFE here in Panama. Perhaps there was as much life going on back at our home in Texas. But there, I rarely had the time to just sit and observe it, or the weather was too hot, or too cold, or there were too many mosquitoes for me to enjoy it for long. Here in Panama, the weather in the highlands is almost always perfect, and I have the time on most days to just be. What a great gift my life here has turned out to be!
So what do I do?
Every Tuesday is market day. I buy organic produce and other goodies. I even bought organic Cocoa beans. Cocoa is grown in the Caribbean side of Panama.
In the evening a rock and roll band is playing at a restaurant with a tiki hut roof. I went there last weekend and heard a great band who played Eric Clapton music. The lead guitar was incredible. There was lots of dancing and fun for everyone.
At a different location, there are salsa lessons every Saturday. There is something going on every day/night at multiple locations. I have a lot of choices.
There is a chile cookoff on Sunday. The proceeds will benefit the new library.
There are 3 hiking clubs. Weekly cooking classes. Art classes. Garden clubs. Many different charities. Or going to the beach at the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Or just staying home watching a movie, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the views and sounds of the birds.
Every year there’s a Blues & Jazz Festival. So much to do! No matter where you go, you’ll find other expats. And the weather is fantastic.
I love living in Panama!