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…

What’s in a house?

So far we have had to explain multiple things in the house to our movers in Panama. The fire pit was the first conundrum. We took the cover off so they could exam it. Gas fire pit, fake stone outside, marble top with hazel-toned tumbled glass in the fire area. You could see them wondering…

Tugboat groupie

I met an actual tug boat captain! He works at the canal. I thought about taking a selfie with him, but I thought that might appear creepy. He said he used to be able to bring guests on board the tugboats and they could sit right next to him while he helped a ship into…

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.

Cleaning up after visitors

I’ve told you about wild animals, beaches, rum popsicles and an amazing rainforest for a backyard, but have I told you about how I have to clean gecko droppings off my desk? They are on the windowsills too. Inside and outside. It’s a side effect of living in a rainforest. Lucky me. Dean had to…

Halftime entertainment

The thing about watching the NBA feed in Panama is we don’t get the commercials or halftime commentary. We get the actual arena halftime shows like this one of a very white-haired man doing a handstand on balancing chairs. Impressive. Last night’s game had the senior dance team of New Orleans.

San Blas

You know all those photos you see of Panama? Beautiful beach, clear water, palm trees, white sandy beaches... usually it's San Blas -- a group of 365 islands on the Caribbean side of the country. For us, a two and a half hour drive and another hour by boat. But the payoff? Worth every minute.…

Turistas!

We had friends visiting last week and another friend arrives on Friday. Tourist central! It's exciting to share Panama with our U.S. friends. It also forces us up and out! No matter where you live, you get complacent with your life just getting the daily stuff done -- school, practices, work, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping,…

Surprise

Laid off in a foreign country. Hello. Wow. We weren’t expecting that. Sure, we had made comments among ourselves that this doesn’t seem like the most cost-efficient business model. We had talked about the huge outlay of money to move so many people, support so many people with housing, schooling, relocation assistance. Sure, it is…

We were just tagged by the door-to-door vaccination crew in Panama. A very friendly woman in an official white uniform, with a bright vest, several badges, clip board and a shoulder ice chest filled with vaccines rang the doorbell and asked if we had children under the age of 4. We don’t so we were…