1. About

I’m Kris, retired RN. I’m married to Joel, musician and construction guy, the guy who could remodel and fix pretty much anything in a house. Before this, we lived in Sarasota, Florida, USA.  I arrived in Panama in October 2012 and Joel followed in November 2012. We moved to the city of David in Chiriqui Province, not far from the Costa Rica border. It has worked out very well for us and we are very happy.

This blog is an accounting of our lives and adventures here, and other various experiences, photos, stories, travels, and whatever else is on my mind at the moment. It started as a way to keep family and friends updated but it has grown and developed a larger audience, and is hopefully a useful source of information as well.

The photos and content of this blog are mine. Please don’t use them without linking back and giving me credit.

I am happy to talk with people, meet travelers who are in the area, and answer questions to the best of my ability so feel free to contact me (info@ThePanamaAdventure.com)

Remember, if you are considering making such a move, these are only our experiences. This doesn’t work for everybody. Do your own homework and don’t take my word for anything.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! Feel free to leave comments if you have any feedback or suggestions.

 

137 Responses to 1. About

  1. Zuleika says:

    Hello Kris, this is a great blog about your adventures.
    I’m from David. I’m very glad that you and your husband like it. Is a small place so maybe I will recognize you if I see you around (I’m asuming you are the one on the picture right?🙂 ).

    Cheers!

    Zuleika

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  2. kendall says:

    I found your blog informative and interesting. I made a film about a frog in Panama that I thought I might share with you:

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  3. John Devlin says:

    Kris, I came across your blog just tonight and it looks as if there’s a lot to see here. I’ll be plowing through it in the days ahead. Long, long ago I was in and out of Panama a couple dozen times courtesy of the US Navy (1959-61) and have not been back since. All my recollections of the country are good ones and it holds a warm spot in my heart. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to create and maintain the blog; I look forward to reading through everything you have here. John D. . .

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  4. RestlessTexan says:

    Hello Kris
    Have been been reading yours and several other bloggers linked PFR. I appreciate your information you share. My wife & I will be making our first trip in 07/16. Will flying into David on Copa and checking out areas north of David.

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  5. Susan Wiest says:

    Hey Kris! I am enjoying your blog very much. My husband and I visited the Panama City area, Nueva Gorgona, Taboga Island, and El Valle last November. We were very fortunate to be able to stay with friends who also drove us around. I fell in love with Panama. I’ve always been drawn to anything Latin. I’m considering retirement there. Crazy enough I was directed to your post by a now mutual friend, Elza Fakz, from Estonia. My husband and I live in Panama City FL and frequent scenic hwy 30a between here and Destin. We were out for a Sunday bike ride in Seaside. Eliza rode up next to us and started talking to us. What an awesome amazing person she is! I feel like I’m getting a present each time I see a new post from you in my email. Thank you!

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    • Wow, that is so cool! What a small world it is sometimes. I had such a great time with Elza and am very glad we got to know each other. She has had an amazing time out there on her bike, and inspires me to get out there and do more myself.
      It is a different life here. We love the culture and the people. It’s beautiful, warm, lots of other good qualities but it’s the friendships and attitudes of the people here that mean the most to us.
      Funny, you are in Panama City FL! It mainly complicates things when you are trying to google something. No, the OTHER Panama city😀
      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad you enjoy the blog.

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  6. Casey says:

    Thanks for sharing your story (the adoption post). I couldn’t find a way to comment on that page. I’m an adoptive mom (our story is at hypervigilant.org) and I read adult adoptee stories as a way to try to make sure I’m the best mom I can be to our two adopted kiddos (bio sibs). Hugs, Casey

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    • Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I think once a post is 60 days old, if I remember, you can no longer comment on it.
      How good of you to be such a good mom to your kids. Adoptees have a few issues that I wrote about but mostly we just need good parents like any kid and reading the link you shared, it sounds like you have been a wonderful mom and your daughter is doing great.

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