Joel and I were talking about our experience so far in Panama, and decided it might be interesting if we both wrote posts separately with our thoughts. (250 words or less) You hear about expat adjustments, frustrations, difficulties, unhappiness, etc. How has it been for us?
What did we give up?
Mail – no home delivery. General delivery is painfully slow if it gets to you at all. But before, it almost all went in the trash anyway.
Netflix and US TV. I don’t miss TV. We bought some DVD’s. So far I don’t feel deprived.
Hurricanes, frost in winter, alligators, bad drivers
Language – few people speak English here
Reliable water supply – usually it’s part of a day, and with water on had it’s easy to adapt.
What did we gain?
People. It so different here with these warm, loving, friendly people.
Food. Fresh fruit and vegetables at every meal. Fish, chicken, home cooked food. Delicious, and my body and health appreciate it.
Better shopping. Everything is available here, service is usually excellent.
Cost of living – vast improvement
Relaxed life – people here adapt, don’t sweat the small stuff
Time – no economic pressure to work, more time to do what we want, not what we have to
Not everyone who moves is happy. Why? It depends on what you need. If you don’t have what you need, or have things you can’t tolerate, life will be difficult. But, for us, it seems we have chosen well. It’s working for us.
Whew! 249 words
PS Joel’s blog is HERE