Moving to Panama was easy for me because I have left California in 1990 and I went around the world for two and a half years. Experiencing different cultures is my cup of tea. I knew a little French at that time, too. I went to Spain for eight months where I picked up a little bit of Spanish.
Then, I decided to move to Panama, about three and a half years ago. I came here for two months and I went all around the country for those two months to check it out and see in what area I want to live. This was of course, after doing a lot of research. I had also already been to Costa Rica ten years prior and I loved Costa Rica so I figured, if Panama is not for me, well I love Costa Rica and I can go back there. Costa Rica is much more expensive now because there have been so many expats that have moved in and raised the cost of living.
In going around Panama, I loved the whole country. I thought it was terrific. Boquete is a major expat area. I loved it but being a surfer, so I found Boquete to be just a little bit too far from the ocean. It is also a little too far from Panama City. So I decided to live in El Valle de Anton and I have been here for two and a half years now.
El Valle is a small area, in a crater of a volcano. It is only 3.5 miles by 5 miles in the crater. I have to get out a lot so I will not be bored to death. I go down to the beach and surf or I go to Panama City. I cycle a lot and I study my Spanish so I find it all very interesting and I am very content living here.
Yes, there are potholes in certain areas here and there are issues that have to be fixed but we love Panama. Life here is exciting and it is like living in an eclectic world down here.
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