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Now that I live in Panama I had to find a new person to do haircuts and color. My first thought was to ask everyone I know who they recommend. But when I did that I got mostly recommendations for people who would come to my house or I could go to theirs. Not very professional but it was cheap… only $30 for a haircut and highlights.
So, PLAN B was to spot people with good haircuts and highlights and ask where they got their hair done. The same name came up over and over again so I made an appointment at a Salon in downtown Boquete. They have several stylists and all the fancy equipment you’d expect to see in a salon. But still, it’s a little scary going to a new person.
Since I don’t speak Spanish YET, I wrote out exactly what I wanted done then put in in Google Translate so I could give it to them in Spanish. They read my printout then said, in perfect English,” so you want highlights, lowlights, and a haircut. How much would you like trimmed off?”
The costs for a shampoo, haircut, highlights, low lights was $50. I also got a manicure and pedicure for an additional $13. And.. they did a GREAT JOB!
The same thing would have cost $150 – $200 in Texas
Yes, you really can live for less in Panama and still find quality professionals IF you do your due diligence.
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…]