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Bien: Somoa salvadoreños, y hace unos días atrás estuvimos visitando la ciudad de Panamá. Les decimos con mucha certeza: hemos regresado a nuestro país pero con el firme entusiasmo de volver a Panamá. Nos ha encantado su ciudad. La tranquilidad que ahí se respira es de un alto valor. Se puede descansar, ir a donde se desee llegar, etc. Les felicitamos por tener excelentes lugares turísticos: algo que nos ha gustado y la próxima vez que lleguemos es completar la visita al Canal de Panamá. Por otro lado, es agradable ir a la parte antigua de Panamá y la combinación que hace juego con la capital panameña.
Gracias una vez más por permitirnos llegar y como les comentamos, esperamos volver el próximo año...! Primero Dios.
Les deseamos de todo corazón una Feliz Navidad, que el Niño Jesús, les bendiga eternamente. Y por supuesto, un feliz y venturoso como próspoero año nuevo 2014.
Desde El Salvador. Les apreciamos mucho...!
 
Date of Posting: 16 December 2013
Posted By: Manuel Pérez.
If you like warm weather and a slower pace of life then Panama is a perfect place for you.
I get tons of emails asking why I moved to Panama and what it’s like here.Pedasi, Azuero Peninsula, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
I say why not! Panama is affordable and gives me everything I need. There is so much life here! Amazing fishing, surfing, beautiful birds and flowers and the people are so nice. I am constantly greeted as I walk through my little town of Pedasi with “Buenas” (the local way to say hello).
The local people here are so willing to help out and seem to welcome the growing expat community.
A typical day for me: I wake to the sound of tropical birds and often have a nice breeze blowing. I open all the doors and windows and spend most of my time outside on the covered veranda. After sipping my Panamanian coffee, I take a walk to the ocean about 1/4 mile away. I am greeted by the almost empty shoreline…ahhh.
For lunch I stop in a local restaurant in Pedasi for the “Comida del dia” only $3 a plate! This consists of flavorfully stewed chicken with rice and beans..Delicious! Afternoons are sometimes spent working in the yard planting flowers or planting seeds. Right now I have bananas, papayas and plantains growing in my yard. I pick them each day and often make smoothies.
I love it when the vegetable truck drives by and I can buy fresh fruit and veggies for very little. I also love going in to town on Friday nights to see the local “Expat” band and meet friends. Did I mention the Friday afternoon Spanish class followed by a yoga session? Not to mention the $40 deep tissue massage. WOW I am living in Paradise! For far less that I lived in the US.
Every year there are tons of festivals and events in Pedasi as well as an amazing Carnival celebration. But regardless of where you settle in Panama, you will always find tons of expats and awesome weather that’s for sure..Why not live the dream?
I love Living in Pedasi, Panama and look forward to our growing gated condominium community here at Pedasi Palms.


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Date of Posting: 01 November 2013
Posted By: Alan Stone
As you meander through the village of Boquete you would have to be blind not to notice the beautiful Latin faces. Handsome men and boys; beautiful women and girls, precious babies coming and going up and down the streets each day. The Indian women in their brightly colored dresses; children in school uniforms; teenagers wearing the fashionable logos and labels they love. Even the poorest people are very clean, (unless they are working or just running errands while working.) You can buy beautiful native style clothing herein a store in Boquete Panama. – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

Many businesses require a uniform for the staff; banks and department stores alike. It is common to see women in very tall, elegant high heels even on the uneven side walks of Boquete. It is a joy to see that most families delight in dressing their babies and children up when they come to town.


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Date of Posting: 01 November 2013
Posted By: Linda Jensen
Our first day in Panama City we walked and enjoyed meeting people. From the staff at the Hilton Garden Inn to people in cafes and stores, we were pleasantly treated and had no problems.

We arrived in December 9, 2012 and we rented a car on December 11th to drive to our planned destination, Boquete in Chiriqui Provence.

This picture is the Concierge giving Arne instructions on how to get out of the city.

We drove on a modern highway most of the way and in each place we stopped for refreshments or just to stretch our legs and to take the time to speak to people. They, in turn, were very friendly and nice to us. Our drive was pleasant and we enjoyed the scenery. When we missed the road to Boquete we drove on and turned to go visit Volcan first. Here we stayed in an old lodge. The staff were very nice and although the room was a bit dusty from recent remodeling it was okay.

Once more we drove off, this time looking for Boquete. Everyone that we got directions from did as good a job as possible. We finally found the highway and 45 minutes later we arrived in Boquete. We did not make reservations anywhere. We saw a sign for Dos Pinos Apartments and spent two weeks there. The manager was a very sweet lady. Her sister cleaned and her brother did odd jobs and maintenance. This place had beautiful grounds. We walked into town and took drives around town. We stopped for coffee in some of the places we knew were gringo hangouts. On Tuesdays we walked to the Tuesday Market. They have crafts, food, produce, art , jewelry and more there. People speak, introduce themselves and it is lively place to enjoy for a couple of hours. Amigos is a popular bar and grill where most of the clients are expats. There is a photo of Arne enjoying a coconut-rum drink at Amigos. The customers are friendly there as well.Enjoying a coconut rum at Amigos in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living

When we moved to the Boquete Valley of Flowers Condos
we had an opportunity to meet our neighbors. We are acquainted with everyone here. Our landlord has
been kind to us and invited us to meet their friends. We are often invited to go places with various people. One local
businessman stopped us one day as we walked to town and
gave us a ride. Then he gave a us a tour of his business, introduced us to his staff, to customers and anyone that came in the door. We have a friendly relationship with the British fellow at the laundry in town. We eat at Sugar and Spice so the wait staff there are very sweet and always full of smiles.

This is a diverse community. Visitors and locals, expats all seem to be more than willing to help you or to share their names and numbers. My advice is if you enjoy people you will meet people. Smiles are door openers, and so often people are looking forward to meeting someone new, too.

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Date of Posting: 01 November 2013
Posted By: Linda Jensen
For 65 million years, the world has changed, and those in the human race interacted with one another. People change where they live for convenience, and most of all, for personal choices, and to seek happiness and quality of life.

From personal experience, after having been an expat in the US for 23 years myself, I can surely and candidly say that moving to a different country which brings you their best and opens their doors for you is a gift. Not everyone can enjoy that experience. Now, in our golden years, we chose to go back to Panamá to care for my in-laws, but always distributing our time between our "two homes" and our precious family.

Your personal attitude is what it will make you happy or unhappy; it´s your choice. Embracing the culture of another country will make you live a unique experience; not comparing, but enjoying every detail of that country that offers you everything they have. You have the freedom of always returning to your country of origin, or to build your "kingdom" the best you can, wherever you feel more comfortable: beach, mountain, valley, country, city, small or big town, a cabin or big mansion, an island or a boat; its up to you. Panama offers it all. Its just matter of looking for your preferences.

Living a bi-cultural experience is your choice, nobody else's. Lots of people around the world have experienced that, and live happily ever after. Besides, you can contribute a great deal to your new country, and feel so good about it. We have many expats friends who live a full life in Panamá, and enjoy it to a maximum day by day.

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Date of Posting: 01 November 2013
Posted By: Lourdes Townshend

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