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Patty Blue Hayes, Nueva Gorgona

Published Monday April 15, 2019 (15:37:40)
Patty Blue Hayes
Who are you?

I'm a writer who's been on a grand life adventure since the end of a marriage that, at the time, I barely survived, but now am grateful for the opportunity to become myself again.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I'm in the process of moving to Nueva Gorgona, a little beach town just an hour from Panama City.    more ...


Janet Sussman

Published Friday July 14, 2017 (13:33:08)
Janet Sussman and friends
Who are you?

That’s a tough one! I am a lot of things…a lot of women…a lot of life! I am a semi retired teacher from Florida with a lot of history before that! I am a widow, a mother, a grandmother!    more ...


John And Susan Pazera, Boquete

Published Wednesday July 05, 2017 (13:05:42)
John and Susan Pazera
Who are you?

We are John and Susan Pazera, lately of Long Beach, Calif. and currently living the expat life in Boquete, Panama. John is retired, and I'm still working full-time as a public relations writer.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We arrived in Boquete on May 1, 2015.    more ...


By Edgington, Boquete

Published Monday December 12, 2016 (08:55:02)
By Edgington
Who are you?

By Edgington (short for Byron, but no one ever gets it right).    more ...


Susanna Perkins, Las Tablas

Published Monday November 14, 2016 (18:19:23)
Susanna Perkins
Who are you?

I'm Susanna Perkins. I'm a writer. Married, with 5 grown kids and 1 granddaughter. Interested in music, mysteries, language, and anthropology, and of course, travel. I have an undergraduate degree with a double major in English and Comparative Mythology. (I've never been content doing things the easy way.)    more ...


Kris & Joel, David

Published Sunday October 23, 2016 (02:32:19)
Kris & Joel
Who are you?

I'm Kris, wife of Joel, and we are retired and living in Panama. I was a nurse, and Joel did home repairs and remodeling by day, and played music by night. He retired from the day job and is thrilled to have all the time he wants to play music now.    more ...


Kris and Joel, Panama

Published Friday July 24, 2015 (14:42:18)
Kris & Joel
Who are you?

I'm Kris, a retired nurse from the USA, married to Joel a retired home remodel and repair guy and musician, who still enjoys making music.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved in October 2012 from Florida to David, Panama. We were tired of working and couldn't afford to retire in the US, so we needed an alternative.    more ...


Al McCullough, Panama

Published Sunday July 19, 2015 (14:20:57)
Al McCullough
Who are you?

Hi there, I’m Al McCullough, also known as…the Panama Dude.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My wife, Shelly, and I moved to Pedasi, Panama in August of 2014. We always had desk jobs back home in Canada, and neither of us were keen on spending any more time at work than necessary. So we quit our jobs, sold all our stuff, and moved to Panama to figure out what we want to be when we grow up.    more ...


Ross Richard Blankert, Boquete

Published Tuesday August 26, 2014 (01:42:23)
House and view from front yard
I am Ross Richard Blankert.

I and my spouse Janice flew to Panama with our suitcases and our cats May 2, 2012. We sold all our things before we left Washington state including my Model A Ford. The big challenge was to get our cats out of quarantine and through the expensive process of getting them into the country. Then people do not wish to rent to you if you have pets. A dog is really a no no. I had a friend to pick me up in Panama City.

They actually want to rent their rent house to us but we stayed for a month or two and decided against living anywhere near Panama City.    more ...


Olivia Ohlen, Punta Paitilla (Panama City)

Published Tuesday June 12, 2012 (12:47:40)
Olivia Ohlen
Who are you?

My name is Olivia Ohlen also known as “The Positive Expat”.
I have always been an expat and a nomad, having studied, set up "homes", raised children, and developed a career in several countries since age 14. Originally from New Caledonia (French), my family moved to Australia and from there my need for a nomadic lifestyle has taken me to the U.S.A, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, France, Madagascar, Canada and today Panama.

My husband and I are involved in the Mining Industry and we work on projects throughout the world. The construction of a copper mine in the centre of the Isthmus has brought us to Panama for a period of at least 4 years.

My vocation is counselling and coaching individuals from all walks of life, countries, age groups, religions and cultures. I LOVE working with local communities and expatriates who come together for a common purpose    more ...

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