Número cien (number one hundred)

Blog post number 100! Who would have thought?

When I started this, it was only to keep my family and friends updated, and to document my experience of moving to Panama. Over the last new months it has evolved into an almost daily activity. I still post to keep people updated, but it’s also become an outlet for my photos, experiences, writing, and thinking.

This world of blogs has connected me with so many interesting people! I would follow everyone if only there were unlimited hours in the day. I’ve found other expats on similar journeys,  amazing photographers who inspire me, talented writers, wise and thoughtful people, people who make me laugh, interesting stories, life challenges, and the whole gamut of human experiences. I have been taken to new lands and new views through the eyes of other bloggers. We are fortunate indeed to have this internet oportunity.

Since it is post #100, maybe it’s also a time to look ahead and think about where I want to go now.

I want to work on offering more useful information about expat living. I am being contacted more frequently by people thinking about moving in general, or specifically to Panama, and sometimes here to Chiriqui Province.

I get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from photography so I really want to study and learn more. I definitely need a better grasp of the technical aspects, and this should also help me grow more artistically. I have also been interested in videos, and I need to spend more time with this too.

I have a domain name and want to get this blog moved over there soon, so hopefully I don’t cause too many hiccups along the way. I also want to develop a decent website to present and store information in a more organized way, and for photos and videos.

I love the internet, computers, and digital cameras. Without these nothing I have mentioned above would even be possible!

My other main goal is to improve my Spanish. I can squeak by in most situations, more or less, but it would be a joy to understand everything, and express myself without struggling to remember vocabulary and grammar rules. When I think of English, how many words I use on a daily basis and the nuances, the meanings, it’s so complicated. I’ve done it all my life so I don’t even think about it. Is that possible in another language? I know it is. Others have accomplished it. I want to get there too.

Other than these goals, just the usuals – keep active, stay fit and healthy, be happy, explore and engage with my world, and then write about it and photograph it! Keep on blogging.

Thank you to all of you who write blogs and share of yourselves and your talents, and  thank you to all of you who read my blog and interact with me here. You enrich my life in countless ways every day!

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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28 Responses to Número cien (number one hundred)

  1. Alastair says:

    Well done. Hitting that first milestone is awesome. 🙂 I look forward to seeing the next 1000 posts


  2. you are doing well, amiga!
    for photography pointers, try http://munchow.wordpress.com/
    otto’s fine-tuned posts are not only lovely to to eye, but are tailored to a specific photography subject as well.

    i hope that your new site will have a ‘like’ button! we won’t know what to do without that option! congratulations!


    • kristc99 says:

      Thank you! I’ll definitely go over there and look around. And yes, when I move it should be just the same. If I can make it work, you’ll just end up on my site and won’t notice anything different except the address above. Or, I have WordPress installed on my site and can transfer my posts, but I’m not sure how that works for my visitors. More new things to study and learn!


  3. Our Adventure in Croatia says:

    muy buena suerte and happy blogging!


  4. Marissa says:

    Congratulations on your 100th post! I hope to get there one day myself!


  5. Congratulations! 100 posts is a milestone indeed!! I can relate to your enthusiasm about this lovely community of bloggers! I too began blogging as a way to keep my family and friends connected but I never dreamed I would meet so many incredible people ! Kudos to you for having such wonderful plans and goals! I’m delighted to have discovered your blog! And hopefully we will meet when you are in CA! No doubt we will be connecting in Panama later this year!!! Cheers


    • kristc99 says:

      Thank you! Oh yes, we will catch up with each other sooner or later. Now it looks like I’m going to CA the weekend of the 9th, so I should be in SF on the 11th with flexible plans. We’ll talk!


  6. indacampo says:



  7. Your posts give me great pleasure! Congratulations!


  8. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad I have found your blog. My husband and I are bound and determined to retire south of the US border. Over the years we have looked closely into Costa Rica, but now have focused our attention on Panama. Those that go before us shall blaze the trail. You have already enlightened us in many ways about what goes into the move and life in your little area of Panama.
    Please keep posting, I enjoy your perspective. Love the plants….and the real photos of Panama,


    • kristc99 says:

      Oh wow, how exciting! Have you visited yet? I hope you like it as much as we do, since we are so very happy here. Visit though and see what YOU think. Write me any time if I can help 🙂


  9. D. Quixote says:

    You are doing a fine job!


  10. Congratulations, Kris. Your goal oriented post has inspired me to take a look at the future of my blog, too. Like you, I started my blog to keep in touch with friends and family, but my posts twist and turn depending on my mood. Like you, I’d like to get more organized and maybe have more control over my blog with WordPress.org. I’ll be following your blog closely to see how your changes go. Have you seen Don Ray’s Chiriqui Chatter blog? I’ve been following him for years and I like the way he has organized information for expats thinking of moving to the David, Panama area. Oh my! I just went to his website to send you the link..and it’s been hacked and he took his site down until he can fix it. See..those are the kinds of problems I don’t want to encounter. LOL I enjoyed this post immensely.


  11. kristc99 says:

    Thank you 🙂 Yes, I also follow Chiriqui Chatter, and he is one of my inspirations. We’ll see how it goes with mine. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂


  12. Sounds like a lot of goals! I hope you enjoy the journey while reaching them 🙂


  13. Sunni Morris says:

    Hi Kris,

    I hope I have that right.

    My husband is pretty well convinced that we need to retire out of the US, either in Panama or Costa Rica. He is trying to convince me and has looked at both places on the net, but we haven’t traveled there yet. We want to this spring to check it out for ourselves.. I told him I wanted to find some blogs to follow first to see what is really going on from an American’s POV first and I would feel more comfortable with the idea – maybe.

    We both do not speak Spanish at all and are in our 60’s with limited finances. What we want is a better climate year round. I know this wil be a culture shock for me. I anted to stay in the States and find a part time job to supplement income, but I know that won’t be possible in Panama. I’m also a writer and have written four novels and want to keep that going and find a writers group there, if such a thing exists. As I told my husband, I am not ready for the rocking chair. He has no extracurricular activities he enjoys except taking photos, which he isn’t too serious about. We don’t really have the money to travel much.

    I know we won’t find any Costco’s and Walmart’s there and any shopping is probably limited anyway, especially when you don’t speak the language.

    It is nice to find your blog because you explain things so thoroughly. I really like that. My husband is looking at Bougette, but I read on someone else’s blog that David is more friendly to outsiders. Do you have any comments on that? Also I read that renting is a better option than buying. Do you think this is true? There is only the two of us, but we do have 3 cats. Is there any reliable vet care there?

    I’m also not exactly liking the idea of getting rid of everything I own in order to move because of fees involved in shipping everything. What is your advice there?

    I probably have a ton of other questions as well, but I’ll start with those.

    Thank you for bearing with me. Hopefully your answer will help others too.



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