You Know You are Back In Panama When….

You turn over your underwear bin and two lizard eggs fall out

There’s a big noise on the roof and you realize it’s an iguana

You have to clean some mold off your computer screen even though it was stored inside, and the spiders have spun webs in every corner.

It’s hard to get out of the house in the afternoon because neighbors keep dropping by to say hi and tell you how happy they are to see you back

Another neighbor braids your hair and gives you a bag of avocados because they are falling from her trees and there are more than she can use

A feeling of peace and happiness washes over you when you wake up and realize you are back in Panama.

Yes, we are back. It’s going to take a few days to clean, organize, and restock the house and since we are in the rainy season now, there’s plenty of weeding and trimming to do in the yard. It’s all good though. I loved my time with family and it was really nice to take a break and do different things. But now that I’m back I will try to catch up on correspondence, blogging, and the many other activities I can’t resist. Mi vida difícil en panamá 😀

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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19 Responses to You Know You are Back In Panama When….

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back and glad you had a great vacation. Nice to see your blog again.


  2. David says:

    Welcome back Kris , I miss your blog and the beautiful pictures you always take , they are part of the reason I’m going to try Panama out for my retirement, I also miss the wealth of information you always have , which brings me to this question, where is a good place to rent a apartment , for maybe 3 weeks to a month , so I can get a feel for the place , I want to check out David , since my name is David or if you know of a better place for a single guy to retire in , need all the info I can get ! Thanks in advance David


  3. David says:

    Oh me again I hope to make the trip there some time in June , is that a good time as far as weather.


    • Yes, June is good. It’s rainy season and we seem to be getting a bit more rain than usual, but it’s not as wet as October and November. It’s also not tourist season so especially in the mountains like Boquete and touristy areas, it’s not so crowded.


  4. jim and nena says:

    You know Kris is back in Panama when you feel the relief of seeing her blog go active again! haha

    Hola Kris,
    except for the braided hair part, I know exactly what you mean. Panama has been my stress reliever for decades if only for a month each year while we were working. Sort of like taking a step back and looking at yourself kinda thing.
    Welcome home!
    jim and nena


  5. Welcome back Kris! Looking forward to reading your new posts, and looking at lots of photographs – all of which make me wish I could just wave a wand and find myself in Panama. (Even though I’ve written on my own rather neglected blog that I was having second thoughts about Panama and thinking about Medellin Colombia instead…still waiting to read ME & BE’s promised new blog about Medellin – haven’t found it yet).
    Glad to hear you had a very good time visiting family. And that you’re happy to be back home again in David. How nice to have all your neighbors dropping by to welcome you back!

    Best regards, Wendy


  6. Kathleen K says:

    I have just found your blog, and am really looking forward to reading it. I have been thinking about Panama as a possible place to retire. However, I spent 6 weeks in Guatemala many years ago. One thing I have great difficulty doing without is US plumbing – specifically toilet plumbing. I never want to have to drop dirty tp into trash cans again. Sorry to ask, but, please, could you let us know about this often ignored topic?
    Thanks so much.


    • Hi Kathleen! I have found that public places, restaurants, bus stations, etc ask you to put tp in the trash can so the septic system doesn’t get overwhelmed. We don’t do this at home though and haven’t had a problem. We also have a septic system so I try not to overuse tp just in case.


  7. Lizard eggs?! I would die!


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