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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. [Read more…]
One of the attractions of living in Panama is the low cost of living. Many retirees on a fixed income seek a place where they can live comfortably within a limited budget. Since food is one of the things everyone must have, let’s take a look at actual, current food costs.
If you buy locally grown, fresh produce or fish, you will pay significantly less than the United States of Canada. If you buy the name brands you are used to back home ( yes they are available here), you will pay more than you did in North America. So, to save money, buy locally grown produce and products.
I was pleasantly surprised to find juicy sweet pineapples priced at 50 cents each in Panama. I paid at least $3.50 for pineapples in the United States and those have very little, if any, flavor. A local favorite is to put pineapple chunks in a blender with water or milk, blend well to enjoy a pineapple smoothie. You can also add locally grown bananas or mangos too. I’m lucky to have 70 banana trees on my property so I always have a good supply of free bananas.
Carrots are huge yet tender and flavorful. They are $1,50 a pound at the grocery store but you can buy them for 50-75 cents a pound from a local farmer’s market.
Coffee is grown in the highland regions of Panama. [Read more…]
(1) Sign up for every yahoo group about Panama that you can find. Read the posts and ask questions. You’ll find that the expats who already live in Panama are glad to answer your questions. They’ve been in your shoes and understand that’s it’s a big decision to relocate to another country. You’ll learn what they love about Panama and you’ll learn which things frustrate them too.
(2) Buy Richard Detrich’s book, Escape to Paradise. It’s available at Amazon. Richard moved to Panama in 2004 and the book goes in to great detail about why they picked Panama and what life is like there.
(3) Go to YouTube.com and do a search for “retire in panama” or “living in panama” You’ll find many videos of expats talking about their life in Panama. You can subscribe to their videos so you’ll get email notifications when they add new videos. One video series I especially like is by Lee Zelter. Lee drives around Panama with a video camera on the dash board of his car so you can SEE Panama before you even get there. His video series are at http://www.youtube.com/user/lzeltzer Lee also hosts a blog at www.boquete.ning.com [Read more…]