Next On Our List Of ‘To Do’s’.

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Now that the biggest things on our list have been accomplished its time to slowly , one , by one , work our way through the remaining list of ‘To Do’s’. We need to set up our mail forwarding service in Miami. This will be our new U.S. address where we will receive any correspondence . First thing we need to do is get rid of as much paper bills and such as we can. Setting up electronic bill pay for whatever isn’t already set up that way. This shouldn’t be too many things because Scott already has most of our bills set up that way. Also, we shouldn’t have too many bills after we cancel out everything here.(Did anyone say whoohooo?) So the mail forwarding service will collect our mail and we will be allotted a weight amount that we pay monthly for. Anything over the allotted weight will be an extra charge. Then they send it to Boquete, possibly to Mailboxes Etc. We will gather our mail once a month.

I found an interesting solution to all the tons and tons of junk mail that we really want to stop receiving. If we keep getting junk mail we will end up actually paying for it! No thanks! There are services to rid you of all the tons of catalogs and credit card marketing junk. The one I have found is $35.00 for five years! So for five years they will continue to make sure you are off all the lists of mass mailing organizations. This sounds good to me. It will take about six weeks for it to actually kick in so it’s a good idea for us to get this started asap. Of course I just realized that means I have to actually try to stop throwing it all in the trash as I remove it from the mailbox. I need to give the name of the catalogs that I wish to have my name and address removed from.

This is yet another part of our preparations to begin our new life. Next up, making sure we have enough original copies of personal documents like marriage licenses and Birth certificates. These things can be very important especially while applying for certain documentation at government offices. They just love documentation in Panama, so we have read. We have also read that poor Scott will be required to actually wear long pants when going into government offices! Gasp! He’s not happy about having to bring pants with him , just when he thought he was finally going to be “Mr. Shorts”! Well, I suspect, he will mostly achieve that goal of nearly never having to actually be forced to wear those dreaded Dockers! It will hopefully be only very infrequently that we will be visiting government offices. After we retain our Pensionado Visa it should be a “shorts” only life for him.

There are still a few more ‘to do’s’ on our list but that list is slowly getting smaller and smaller with each passing day. We’re almost there, for sure! It wont be long now and these posts with start being about our new life in Boquete.

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About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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  1. It’s so weird “closing” your life out. The first time you don’t forward your mail, transfer your utilities, change the address on your driver’s license – just make arrangements for most of it to go away. Selling cars with no replacement is the oddest since most of us have had our own car since we were 16. Refreshing feeling getting rid of the clutter that’s followed you for years – but very weird too.
    We met a couple from Vero Beach a few weeks ago in Boquete just waiting for their house to sell. Looks like they did so they should be right behind us and are just as excited.

  2. https://www.catalogchoice.org/ I used these folks and it seemed to do the trick. I also use my daughter’s address as my US address. She sorts and scans/emails anything that needs our attention. It’s rare that something has to actually be mailed to us, good thing since it isn’t a quick process.

    Nope, no shorts in the bank. Panamanians dress nicely to go anywhere. If you see someone in shorts and flip flops it’s almost always a gringo. We notice we are seeing more shorts on the younger people especially on weekends for casual things like the fair or the supermarket (but here too they are clean, stylish, and neat), but for business it’s business attire. I was noticing yesterday even the kids getting on the bus after school – they look like they are ready for picture day, not even a wrinkle in their shirts.

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