Our goal in moving to Panama was to live within our income following the big financial meltdown in the US. We've met that goal easily – and so much more! Life is all about options and choices – that's true whether you're an expat or not. But by embracing the options available to us as US expats … [Read more...] about Options and Choices — Expats have More
Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is about a half hour drive from our home in Las … [Read more...] about Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth
Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town -- and Las Tablas' normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families earn some extra income by bunking in together … [Read more...] about After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]
When you live overseas, going away for a while can be more complicated than it would be in your home country. This is especially true if you have pets. While it's become easier to bring your pets with you when you move, it can be very difficult to travel with them once you get there. In the … [Read more...] about How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?
Carnaval (yes, that's the correct Spanish spelling for Carnival) is a big deal here. A very big deal. Every year the town of Las Tablas swells to more than 10 times its normal population. This normally quiet town -- residents describe it as muy tranquilo -- jumps from about 10,000 people to … [Read more...] about Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama
It's time for another peek into the expat mailbag. Here's a question that I haven't thought about in a while (and trust me, that's a good thing!). Utility Outages Hi, I love your website, there's nothing like hearing about a place first-hand! What about electricity, water, and internet … [Read more...] about How Reliable are Utilities in Las Tablas, Panama?