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Congratulations to Phyllis – Bona Fide Citizen of Panama

Hello once again, and congratulations to me – I finally got my Permanent Visa to the Republic of Panama!!!! What a wonderful feeling to know you are legitimate in a country where you want to be and want to abide by the rules and regulations. I did finally get back to Panama City on November 8th and it took all of 10 minutes to get my photo done and my card processed. Then I was on my way for the day to have fun and enjoy a Surprise Birthday Party for Isabel and we were all lunching at LUNA, one of the best restaurants in Panama City. The food there is absolutely delicious as well as very pricey. Although I was trying to organize this for friends and her family, it was just all family, and it was later explained to me that it is Panama Custom that when you invite people, you pay – they do NOT pay for themselves, even if you are supplying the wines, etc. No one ever pays for anything if they are invited. Boy, this was to be a huge cultural shock for me. None of Isabel’s friends were there, but 8 of us, as family to celebrate. The Moet and Chandon Champagne flowed and her son had ordered appetizers for the table and then we ordered our own entrees. I would not have wanted to pay that bill, or part of it, but Joaquin, her son, and Mari, her daughter took care of the tab and a fabulous time was had by all. I did take the bus back to where I live later that afternoon and it wound up being a very long day for me, going in both directions by bus in one day. But I loved it all.

Just got my visa, thanks to Tonya, my lawyer.

Just got my visa, thanks to Tonya, my lawyer.

Isabel and daughter, Mari

Isabel and daughter, Mari

Isabel's son, Joaquin and wife Annie

Isabel’s son, Joaquin and wife Annie

Elections in the US of course, had a lot of happy people and a lot of sad people. Whatever, I do hope that all in the U.S. will be able to deal with the decisions that are made and need to be made and I sincerely hope everyone can learn to be BIG and get along and do what is good and what is right for the great country. That is enough of politics. I do not want to go there with anyone.

My back is getting better, thanks for all of your calls and e-mails. It is very, very slow, but I do know the difference, and I am coming back to life at a slow pace. Guess it is because I am 40 and not 16 anymore that I heal so slowly????? Or that it takes such a long time? Seriously- I am doing so much better. In fact- I had been so depressed over the fact that I really could not do a lot of things, that I decided I needed to go on some kind of a trip to be totally pampered and not have to do anything for myself. Where does one do that? I booked a cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale the Sunday after Thanksgiving for a week going thru the Caribbean. Believe it or not, I actually found one that has a few ports that I have never been to, and you all know how much I have traveled the Caribbean. Cannot wait. I will leave Panama on the 24th of November, and return to Panama on December 2nd. So with getting away and totally relaxing and being pampered, I really should come back here feeling fit as a fiddle. By then I also feel the back will be at almost 90-100% better and make a big difference in my ability to get around and do things that I still cannot do.

I am tooling around in that big SUV like a “pro” already and almost feel like I own the roadways!. Learning how to pull into parking spots, getting back out and backing up and out. Learning the size of the car, albeit slowly, but enjoying it. Went to fill up the tank the other day. I had gone 480 km and took $64.00 worth of diesel. I am loving it. The mileage is great and I hardly need to fill up except once in about 3 weeks. Of course, I am not going that far but I am getting more used to the car, and as that happens, I am going further and further away to explore things. A new and fun experience.

As the year is almost coming to an end, and my lease is up in this wonderful condo, I have started scouting around to see where I go next and what do I really want to do. I know I want to be in the beach area, and I know what I think I need. So the hunt is on once again for a condo that will make me happy, either for another few months, or do I start looking for a permanent solution and be able to send for my things and settle in once and for all??? I need to see, I need to think and I do need to make some decisions. So that I will be doing. I also realize that I am really settling in to a way of life as well, and not so much adventure right now. That is very tellling – or is it? Is it really that my back has held me back a little and forced me to just be quiet for a while? Time will tell.

Met a lovely lady here, Mary who moved here from Santa Fe, New Mexico. We have gotten together a few times, and altho I do not have the time right now, nor do I want to drive the long trip, we are anxious to go to El Valle, about an hour or so from here, and in the mountains where it is cooler. With Thanksgiving coming up and me leaving and needing to get ready to leave, I really am waiting until I return and then we will go. There are probably a lot of spots we could drive to for a days trip and will be doing that right after I return. I had been to El Valle while visiting Panama, and really did like it, but not for me to live. I do know people who live there now and love it, but I don’t want to be that far, especially being alone. So I stay where I am guarded and safe and just visit other places. Better that way.

The infamous Roy, my driver.

The infamous Roy, my driver.

This is going to be one of the shortest blogs, but I wanted to get it out prior to Thanksgiving and give myself a chance to get ready for my trip, catch up on last minute paperwork and be ready to leave and enjoy and not be under the gun when I get back. As Thanksgiving approaches this week, and by the way, it is NOT celebrated here in Panama, my thoughts turn to dear family and friends all over the U.S. Many of you will be cooking and entertaining over the holiday and many of you will be traveling to be with loved ones. To all of you, I wish you a “happy” day and hope that you will join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we do have in life. I know there are times we doubt that and wonder “why” things happen, but we are truly blessed in so many ways. Wishing you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING and please know that I think of you all.

Will be back in another month or so. Keep those e-mails and calls coming. Love hearing from you and keeping up.

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