If you are reading this blog or other Panama blogs to get a better understanding about living in Panama, take off your Rose Colored Glasses.
I think many people read into any blog post what they want it to say to justify their decision to move, if Panama is under consideration as a retirement location. You certainly would not want to move someplace worse than where you currently are.
If you read many of the newer blogs, it may be hard to find any post that doesn’t portray what a great time the blogger is having. I am not saying they are not writing how they feel, but when you are experiencing something new, then it is exciting. Fun things will be amplified and not so fun things will be downplayed. It is human nature.
I have said it numerous time and will repeat it again here, the only way to see if Panama fits your retirement plans, is to live here 6 months to a year, prior to making a permanent move.
If you were going to buy a pair of shoes, you would try them on and walk in before spending any money.
If you were going to buy a new car, would you pay for it prior to driving it? No Way!
The same is true in evaluating living in a Latin American country.
I pick 6 to 12 months so that you can live in both the dry and the rainy season. One or the other may not suit you. You need to experience all aspects of Panama life before you can evaluate it from your perspective, which is the only perspective that matters.
You need to pay bills. You need to experience healthcare services. You need to visit hospitals. You need to understand crime and crime prevention. You need to drive on the country roads. You need to experience water and electricity outages. You need to experience Panama television and Internet availability. You need to experience customer service.
That experience will be much more valuable than anything you may read or think you read (ROSE COLORED GLASSES), in any blog, Yahoo group, or book.
You may think that the tone of this post is intended to convince retirees not to come to Panama. To the contrary. If Panama is what you want and will be good for you, then come. If I didn’t like it here, I would not have stayed for 12+ years.
I just don’t want people to move, be unhappy and complain in 10 months because they were wearing Rose Colored Glasses.