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It’s been two weeks since this site has gone “live” and in that time we’ve had over 400 individual visitors from 22 countries. While those numbers can’t even be described as a “speck” in the internet universe, it nevertheless is a surprise to us (especially Jane) that so many people find their way to Panama Notes. Some of you came by way of Chiriquí Chatter - Don Ray’s great blog about life out West in David, Panama - thanks Don. Others are friends, family or strangers stopping in for a visit - THANKS TO ALL!

Comments: Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment - we read every one.

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Email us if you have a question, or a suggestion for a “Note”. Use any of the addresses on the “Say Hi” page or send it to that “admin” guy (that’s still me) whose link is at the bottom of most pages.

Some Technical Stuff

Just a short post tonight about some of the tools used to put this site together.

I’m a MAC guy. My current operating system is OSX 10.5.3 running on a MAC Mini. My primary web browser is Safari.
Help requested from those NOT using the Safari browser - the majority of visitors. Could you give me some feedback on how this site looks and functions for you. Read more

The Rich and Famous

Remember when air travel had a certain romance associated with it. When we looked forward to our trip to the airport as we started our latest adventure. Now that seems like such a long time ago in a place far, far away . . . . .

American Eagle at Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix.
For several reasons (the hassle factor alluded to above) along with our relative isolation (read, very poor airline service from St. Croix), a lot of baggage and our concern for the third member of our family - Wags. Jane and I did something that was totally foreign to our lifestyle - we decided to charter a flight from St. Croix to Panama. Never, in our wildest dreams, had we ever considered spending such an outrageous sum for a ride in an airplane. Read more

Visa Requirements?

Warning: This post has nothing worth reading unless you're thinking of moving to, or retiring in Panama. Of course, if you are really bored or have nothing better to do, feel free to Read more

A Tough Three Months

The decision to move was relatively easy, then the tough part started. We had two major factors that would determine the when of our move; Jane wanted to complete the school year (mid June) and we had a house to sell.

Jane and Wags at the house
We put our home on the market in January with everyone confident of a relatively quick sale. In fact we were worried about selling too soon and having to find a rental on St. Croix until the end of June. After some initial interest things slowed to a crawl - the mainland’s mortgage problems and housing meltdown started to impact sales on the island. Months slipped by and it was looking like a June move just wasn’t in the cards. When the occasional looker came by we would get hopeful then disappointed when nothing happened. Then, in mid May, we got an offer, countered and had a deal with a closing on June 25th, just a month away. Read more

Why Move?

Christiansted Boardwalk
The original title for this post was going to be, “Why Panama?” - but the process started with a much broader search and had a background element that made my process somewhat unique. Early in my life (several decades ago, when I was nineteen) our family spent two years in Africa. My two sisters and I attended the University of Nigeria while my father was on faculty. During those years I traveled within Africa, the Middle East and most of Europe and I have been a traveler (not a tourist) ever since. It’s in my nature to explore, take the roads less traveled and seek out new experiences and the excitement that comes with those experiences. Jane observed that every ten years or so it’s time to “hit the road”, again. Read more
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