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…

Transit ticket

I got my first ticket today. I'm not even sure how it happened. I was sound asleep when Dean got a call from frantic friends this morning. They were headed to the airport and had been caught in a checkpoint. They don't have driver's licenses and the husband who was actually driving didn't have his…

More mail we didn’t get

Turns out not only do you not get your vehicle license renewal in the mail, you also don't get your insurance renewal in the mail. We purchased car insurance in July. In California, your insurance goes for a year (July to June in this case). We filled out the auto-renewal paperwork and figured we were…

Renewing our vehicle license

You don't realize how much you depend on a mail system until you don't have one. Sure, it's inconvenient not to get mail. Your family complains, birthday cards disappear into the void, bills are hand-delivered (they just show up tucked into the door), and it's difficult to send anything but Amazon gifts to family. But…

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…

Some days

Some days, moving just stinks. You feel like you are trying to swim through mud. We keep trying to get cell phones. We are trying to use our perfectly good and expensive phones from the U.S. We've paid them off. We've unlocked them. We've applied for new sim cards. We've verified Dean's employment. We've explained…

“Mr. Watson come here — I want to see you”

  Day Two of trying to unlock phones. It’s making me crazy. AT&T kindly puts “unlocking your phone is simple with a few steps…” on its website. Liars. We need phones. Phones with Panamanian numbers so we don’t just rely on the hotel Wi-Fi to communicate. We’ve paid good money for perfectly good phones. Why…

Trying to make Shyloh legal

Should have known it couldn't be that easy -- USDA approved vet on Monday, pickup international health form on Tuesday, drive to Long Beach for Panamanian consulate stamp on the dog's travel forms today... Turns out there is an another step in there. Found that out as we were standing in the consulate offices in…