Feeling my footprint grow

In Panama we don't have to bring our own bags to the grocery store. There's no recycling bin or green waste can to put out on trash day. There aren't multiple cans at the mall for recycling water bottles, food waste and other trash. In the hotel, it was water bottle after water bottle after…

I’ll wait on that prescription

We stopped in a local strip mall and one of the stores looked like an urgent care sort of place so I looked them up online. Wanted to see what they have to offer. They apparently have a lot to offer. (I suspect these are prescriptions to combat addictions to these substances, but ...) P.S.…

Moving day

We moved out! Took a huge amount of luggage out of the Weston, shoved it into two cars and headed to our new abode. Our house has rental furniture, cable, internet, phone and some basic amenities. We miss the hotel. Well, the hotel's air conditioning and furniture... We are a little light on furniture until…

A common bond

Just when the differences are getting to us ... The language is different (even the Spanish is different sometimes). The weather is different. The food is different. The noise and smells are different. The view is definitely different! But some things are universal. Dean and Jack are currently at the new house waiting for the…

Immigration status

We are working on our visas to live in Panama. When you enter the country, you enter as a tourist and then you begin the process. Dean visited the immigration lawyers the first time he was in Panama. Four hours of filling out paperwork -- physically and digitally. Our job today was to check the…

He’s officially single

The immigration process has many twists and turns. We are lucky. We have official corporate assistance. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to do without the help -- not knowing the language, not understanding the process. As parents, we are guilty of not thinking of Jack as an adult. But the immigration process…

The Ohio-born love of my life

He's the reason we are here. New job, new life. Dean spent 38 days here without us in April and May. He wandered this part of the city on his own. I knew he missed us. We missed him. We had dinner by video chat 3-4 times a week. I didn't realize how truly on…

Not so golden

I’m discouraged. We’ve been living out of suitcases for a month. My friends and family are back home celebrating a long, happy holiday weekend. I’m sitting in a hotel, googling ways to spruce up a rental kitchen. I miss my kitchen. It was so perfect for me. Nothing overly extravagant but lots of counter space,…