Life In Paradise

A few weeks ago I moved to a village in Central America. It’s completely surrounded by beautiful mountains. The air is clean and crisp, the temperatures are 70-75 degrees every day, the water is really fresh, the food is full of nutrients, and it’s reported that most people live well past 100 years of age here.

My house is about 5 miles outside of town and at a higher elevation.

Yesterday we went in to town for lunch at a great little restaurant owned by an expat. The food is fabulous and the setting is incredible. The special of the day was fish tacos, made with Amberjack which was just caught that morning.

When you’re here – you just feel like “this is life”. You want to slow down and take in the beauty of the surroundings, the sounds of the birds, and the smell of the fresh air.

Instead of taking the quickest way home, we took the long way to explore more of our new home country.

We drove past coffee farm after coffee farm along this road. It is lined with really tall pine trees and flowers everywhere. It’s just a beautiful road.

There was no traffic on the road. But it is common in Central America to see people walking just about everywhere, including mountains roads.

Sure enough, we saw what appeared to be an elderly man walking so we stopped to ask if he wanted a ride ( keep in mind I don’t speak spanish YET, but I tried)

The man, who is an American, broke out a huge smile and said ” if I took a ride I could not enjoy a walk on this beautiful day” He said he listens to his Ipod while he is walking so he can walk to the beat.”

There in the middle of the road we talked for 6-7 minutes. We exchanged names. I found out he’s 94 years old, as lived here 7 years with his wife who is 93.

He walks 4-5 miles a day, mostly on the mountain roads.

Lots of very interesting people here!

There are people here from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Ireland, England, South America, and no telling what other countries.

Some are retired. But most are not. They have cash flow from real estate, online business, stock market trading, writers, artists, organic farmers, coffee farms, professional poker players, or they own restaurants or bars here.

Some are involved in real estate investing or building here. When I was here in December I met a young guy who builds one house on the Pacific Ocean (45 minutes away) per year. Once the house is finished, he takes a year off. He makes a 100% profit. He is here with his wife and 3 young children.

None of the expats here have a J.O.B.

They are all entrepreneurs and that makes for some very interesting conversations!

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Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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