It’s hard to believe it’s been three months since we’ve moved here. Actually it’s been more than that for me because I arrived three weeks earlier to get things set up.
It’s been better than I dared hope and I am very very happy here. I know we’re still in the honeymoon phase and there will be things that annoy us, but I can’t see anything changing that much. I think it will only get better as my Spanish improves, we learn more about our community, and make more friends here.
- I like the city of David. It is big enough to have everything we need, but not so big that it’s overwhelming. It’s lively, colorful, and growing.
- I like Chiriqui. It’s so beautiful, and there is everything from beaches to mountains. Every day I love seeing the beauty around us everywhere we go.
- I like the country of Panama. Unemployment is low. Construction is happening. It is growing and prospering, and people are optimistic and happy to be here. The stresses of life here are so much less.
- I like the climate. How nice never to worry about cold weather again, not even the chilly weather of winter in Florida.
- I like the cost of living, which is a fraction of what it was in the US.
- I like the food, the abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, fish fresh from the sea, delicious and healthy food. And, if you want familiar US food, you can get that too.
- I like the attitude. It’s calmer here, happier. People aren’t scrambling to keep up, to produce, to achieve, to stay on the hamster wheel. People work, but they also have fun, and smile, and enjoy life.
- Most of all, I like the people. They are gentle, loving, friendly, strong, and resourceful. They are family oriented, and treat their children with such gentleness and kindness. They are friendly and welcoming to strangers, and lend a helping hand to anyone if they see a need. I feel very fortunate to live with such good people.
This isn’t a complete list of everything I find good in Panama, only the main points. The things I find difficult are all from my side – difficulties with communication because my Spanish is far from fluent, and problems finding things because I’m still not familiar with everything in the city. But, at this point, there is nothing I can think of that’s a problem with Panama or this area, at least not for us.
I would say our first quarterly report is overwhelmingly positive!