November 27, 2020
You may have heard that we have a new home here in Panama; this is true with some caveats.
As you know, we came away having looked at a number of homes and where slightly disappointed in what we saw, not many options that we felt would meet our particular needs.
We are staying in the same place we did in February and where we fell in love with Las Lajas and her beautiful beach, the owner is not ready to sell quite yet but maybe in the next few months or possibly a year, hard to give up such a beautiful place. That would leave us having to rent, probably in an area far from the beach, so we are going to rent (6 months to start) with the possibility of buying. In the meantime we have our “dream home” and plenty of room for guests with an extra casita.Win-Win for both parties.
Some ideas of what we’d like to do to build this into our own little piece of paradise will have to put on hold for the time being but that’s okay, all things in their time.
We certainly hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving; we are off to sign our new lease!
Gary and Barbara
November 23 2020
Well let’s see…we arrived in Panama on the 18th and it has been rainy and gray most of the time with the sun peaking out here and there, mostly at sunset. Today, the 23rd we did have a beautiful sunrise as we walked the beach, It is still the most beautiful place ever.
We flew from Spokane to Denver onto Miami, where we spent the night at the hotel in the airport…it’s bigger than it looks and had quite the walk from United to the hotel. It’s a bit pricey we paid around $100.00 for the night but as we had to leave so early the next morning, it was worth it. Don’t expect anything nice for that price though. We had I think around 5 viewable channels, no dresser, microwave or fridge but it did have a coffee maker and was passably clean. (We will have a “Procedure Blog” coming soon with all the details we’ve found that works for us so far and will update them as required)
There is a restaurant on the 7th floor, that is very expensive based from the quick peruse that Gary did before going to our room; we weren’t going to eat there anyways.
It may be Florida in general or maybe just the times but everything seemed expensive or perhaps we’re just tightwads…We chose to visit South Beach and have a bite there, the uber was $20.00 each way which is the most we’ve ever spent on transportation but hey, you only live once. Dinner at cj’s crab shack was another hefty bill for a spilt fish sandwich and 1 crab cake. All in all, South Beach is a lot my hype than the price is worth.
There were only 2 things that we must do on this trip, look at homes and visit with an attorney. The later happens when we arrive in Panama City. The home looking we did on Friday and Saturday. We were hoping to have a larger range of wonderful prospects, we have two. One in Las Olas and one in Las Lajas, however there is a third one here on Las Lajas that has not been listed yet and we are hoping to talk more in depth with the owner in the next couple of days. I feel for our realtor as we don’t have a set theme on what we are looking for, we only know, that we will know, when we know. Sometimes it is what you don’t see, but can imagine that is the most important. We have a lot of thought and praying to do before we make this decision.
The rest of our time here in Las Lajas will be to relax, explore and get some more useful information from our host, Rudy.
Oh, I almost forgot. We have closed on our house in Naples this past Friday! The timing couldn’t have been any better.
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Gary & Barbara
November 5, 2020
As you might have seen in the previous blog we have been steadily working on our house and we are still under contract just waiting for their money to come in so we can close. We wanted to share that we’ve not only been working like busy bees but have been able to take a few days here and there to rejuvenate.
The 1st week of September we went to the Oregon coast for a deep fishing trip. This was not my idea of total relaxation but I must admit I did have fun if not being somewhat horrified at times. Keeps the blood moving I suppose. We are able to catch our limit on Halibut, crab and we also caught rock cod on days 1 and 2. Gary was able to experience Sushi for the 1st time and he enjoyed it so much that we had it for lunch one day and dinner another. I also had some beautiful picture moments.
A week later we took another 4 day trip to Huntington Beach, California to deliver to my nephew one of our trucks that he bought. This is a farm truck but it being a Duramax, Morgan felt it was too good to pass up.
As you can see he's really done a great job!
We also were able to visit one of my sisters. It was very nice to spend some time with her, we just don’t see each other very often. We had Sushi on the beach the night before we flew back home. It was a beautiful time
Gary’s been busy not only on the house but taking care of all the little things for our upcoming trip to Panama, PCR testing at the local hospital, car rental, trying to contact an attorney to see while we’re there and I contacted a realtor to look at a number homes the 1st Friday and Saturday.
The rest of the trip will be relaxing and perhaps some sightseeing. Panama is being affected to some degree by hurricane/tropical storm Eta so it’s very wet there right now, we will have to see when we arrive.
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Thank you for joining our adventure
Gary and Barbara
October 19, 2020
So much has happened and in ways we never dreamed of.
We are in the process of remodeling the house we’ve been in for the past 20 years, raising 6 children, running a number of businesses out of and was very dated. We’ve been doing this in abundance the past few months and had almost finished the upstairs and were starting work on the downstairs, so we decided to post pictures and “put it out there” on Facebook, we had 3 individuals in the first 48 hours looking and was “Under Contract” in less than a week.
Panama finally opened October 12th and we have been waiting for the prices on flights to come down but the biggest issue has been the flights themselves. First, to come into Panama we must have a Certificate of Swab tests / PCR or negative antigen done within 48 hours when we land and there are currently no direct flights into Panama. Gary spent most of yesterday working out a schedule that’ll get us there within that window AND at a cost that doesn’t break the bank. Most flights out of Spokane are starting at $755.00 roundtrip per person and taking 2 days to arrive. What Gary found will get us there will plenty of time to spare and at a cost of $460.00 roundtrip per person, SCORE!
This will be the final visit before the “Big Move” in January 2021. We will be meeting with an Attorney to start the process for our Pensionado Visa (Retirement Visa) and a Realtor to look at some homes in both Las Olas and Las Lajas.
Both these areas are very appealing to us for different reasons. Las Lajas is the beach we absolutely fell in love with on our first visit in February of 2020 however there doesn't seem to be many home options here at least that we see on the internet, we know that there could be more than what is being advertised. Also this is a beautiful swimming beach, with light swells and you can walk out a ways and still only be waist deep.
Las Olas is a gated community with many beautiful homes available for purchase, closer to David and also seems to have a beautiful beach. Through our research however we are finding that the beach there seems to be much more appealing to surfers as the ocean has more swells and a propensity for potential riptides. We have yet to visit this beach so we will take a look see, to be sure what we are reading is correct, we’d hate to pass on a lovely affordable home based on mis-information.
Of course this will not be all work, we will be doing some much needed down time. Gary will be practicing relaxation exercises which will consist of drinking Panamanian coffee as the sun rises, walking the beach each morning and honing his surf fishing skills. I will be doing the same, only instead of fishing I will be working on my photography skills.
Thank you for joining us,
Gary and Barbara
Deep Sea Fishing Newport, Oregon September 2020