Every path has its puddles

We’ve got just a few days left in Panama. I’ve been lucky. Haven’t been caught in a true downpour. It rains 9 months out 12 here in Panama. And when I say rain, I mean RAIN, downpours, buckets of water. Big, fat drops of rain and they come on quick. You can see the clouds…

Kate Spade

Those of you who know me personally, know about my Kate Spade obsession. I’m writing on a laptop that I carry in a Kate Spade bag. My Kate Spade wallet is tucked into that same bag. My phone screen has Kate Spade wallpaper. When I get on a plane back to the U.S., I’ll be…

Movie times

Dean says he isn't going to be able to afford to take me to a movie in the U.S. With recliners and wine and food service here in Panama for $12-$14 per movie... I may be a little spoiled.

Gringo

The language barrier is always a challenge. It can be isolating to be in a place where you understand about 1/10 of what is being said around you. But it an odd way it also makes you a public sight. We are gringos. We stick out. There are other gringos so we aren't alone, but…

Waiting for our ship to come in …

It was a bit of a wait, but worth it. The ships just kept coming. Dean and I visited the Miraflores Locks on Sunday. The idea was a quick trip, scope it out, be prepared for visitors. (We have our first guests coming mid-March, and we are very excited.)  Friends had visited the locks and…

Plugging along and in

Remember being the new kid at school? Or the newest hire in an established business or department? Have you gone to a party where everyone else has known each other for years? That’s a little bit like moving to a new country. You feel like a fish out of water and you are pretty sure…

My Spanish may not be great …

Just when I think I’m doing well with my Spanish, actually chatting with someone at the beauty salon, my conversation partner shows me her stomach and asks me a question... I don’t think we were having the same conversation.

Spanish lessons

My Spanish lessons started a few weeks ago. Dean's company provides 80 hours of one-on-one lessons for me. The teacher is very good. She's smart, funny, follows Panama politics and is willing to explain so many things. She comes Mondays and Wednesdays for two hours each visit. My teacher thought I was a bit brilliant…

Coming home

Neil and I spent five glorious days in California. We saw so many friends, visited favorite haunts, ate at familiar places, shopped at stores we knew and understood. It was nonstop action! Almost every minute was spent storing up as much California as we could squeeze in. It was great. Like taking deep lungfuls of…