I LOVE Living In Panama!


I just wanted clarify, The last post that I published had a title that I’m sure attracted a lot of attention. I wanted to clarify, I did not write that post. I “re-blogged” that post from another blogger who has been living in Panama City with their two young children for about a year now. They have really enjoyed their time here and have had the best experience ever! But I just thought it was really good to share what they thought were some of the not so great things about living in the city. I’ve been following their blog for a long time and enjoyed witnessing a family with small children having such an amazing adventure together. They have made it very clear during the course of their year here that they have really LOVED their experience. After I posted it, I began to worry that some may be confused and think that I Hate living here. I think the author of that post wrote it with kindness and it didn’t seem like they were being really negative, just honest about some of the things that bug them. No place in the world is perfect, this is true. I’m also sure that as time goes by there will be certain things about living here that will drive me crazy. But I must say, I didn’t move from the states to “run away” from anything particular, although there’s plenty to hate about living there and plenty I could complain about. There are plenty of expats who move to Panama and end up becoming negative and complain about how different it is is from the states. To me, the differences (for the most part) are a breath of fresh air. This being said, I’m certain that after living here for awhile some aspects of living here will begin to wear on me. My point is, yes I have a point, I don’t hate living in Panama. It really bugs me when some people bitch and moan about some of the differences here and I often find myself saying,”why are they here?” . The way that Panamablu wrote that post was honest without sounding like they “really” hated it here. Of course I have the advantage of having followed their blog and I know how much they really have “loved” being here.

I occasionally “re-blog” posts written from other bloggers because I like to offer my followers other perspectives. I follow quite a few bloggers who, like me, are pursuing a very different lifestyle in other countries. Everyone has their different reasons for doing it as well as different perspectives on their new life in a different country. I think it’s a lot of fun and very interesting to hear their stories so from time to time I will share them with you. This last ‘re-blog’ seemed to get a lot of attention and I think the title was pretty bold. If I enjoy hearing from various bloggers who are kind enough to share their life with us, I hope those of you who follow my story also enjoy a bit of variety. I happened to be a big fan of hearing peoples stories. After all, we all have one and our ‘stories’ are what make us all uniquely who we are. Every time I read a post published by a fellow blogger I find myself feeling grateful to them for their willingness to share their life and I also enjoy the talent they have of writing such vivid descriptions of their life. As a fan of all things ‘literature’, I’ve found great pleasure in reading the blogs of so many different amazing people. Cheers!

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! :)

8 responses »

  1. holly, you would turn any negative experience into a positive one. you might get discouraged, but you will find your way out and into a sunshiny smile! people do need to hear the good as well as the bad, especially if they are considering a move.
    keep smiling, sunshine!

  2. LOL! I too read Panamablu but I think it will be coming to a close because they were only here for six months to experience living in a different country.

    I didn’t post in the comment section of Panamablu but here is my take:

    You don’t have to pay your bills at the bank. If you don’t have a bank account where you can pay on line you can go to what is called a “Pago” store. Western Union does this and usually the supermarkets will have a payment counter where you can pay all your bills. They will have a list of what payments they accept. And don’t go on a Friday afternoon, that’s when the locals get paid. And try to avoid the end of the month it’s also a busy time. That way you don’t end up in that long line. šŸ™‚

    Trash, yes is a problem. Our townsfolk take pride in the community but around the district, especially between our town and Las Tablas there is quite a bit of garbage in the ditches. Wet season helps to hide it šŸ™‚ but hopefully with education this will be reduced.

    And yes, the traffic in the city is horrible. That is why we don’t live there, nor would I want to live in traffic congested cities like Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. Sorry I’m Canadian, so I’m using Canadian analogies. šŸ™‚

    My feelings are that we all have something that we can find to criticize no matter where we are in the world. As long as we do it as observations and not in a mean spirited way then I say no harm, no foul.

    • HEAR!HEAR! That’s exactly what I think! And I think that post was written in such a way that it was stated in a positive way. Yesterday my Spanish teacher just became friends with me on FB and my blog goes directly to my FB page so I woke up this morning worried that he might think I wrote that blog post. His english isnt that good and I doubt he reads many blogs so I didnt want him to misunderstand and think that I said I hate living in Panama. Silly, I know, but that was what prompted my post this morning. Sometimes I get a little paranoid. But I have had instances where some people have misunderstood my writing , blah, blah, blah. Hope your day is filled with happinesss!! cheers!

  3. you are very kind you to clarify your last post, although it was not necessary because you did not write it šŸ™‚ but I understand why you were a little worried … as you say there is no perfect country, but the good thing about living in other countries is that we learn to face our frustrations until we get the point where you find the balance .. Have a nice day Molly, keep learning spanish šŸ™‚

  4. Attitude is the real disability. I had this bumper sticker on my car once and it still holds true. I don’t think your positive attitude will ever discourage you from living in Panama. When the newness wears off….there will be discouraging times, but you will happily overcome them. Keep on keepin’ on, Holly. I enjoy reading your blog. It’s like watching spring explode in vibrant colors.

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