We rent a house here in David and pay the rent to the owner’s agent and now my friend Ed Horna On his last visit we sat down and he ran by me some ideas he had to help the expats,both new arrivals and established ones, with things as simple as translations to providing tours of the area. I thought Ed had a great idea and said I’d be happy to help him.
Wow- the idea of having a Panamanian who spoke good English and Spanish and who would accompany me, translating and explaining things sounded like a dream! I suggested he look into providing rides to and from the David airport for folks who like having a reliable, English-speaking driver. We tossed around some other ideas and Ed came up with some services and pricing. I’m happy to help spread the word that now you have someone here in the David/Boquete area to help navigate the new world that is Panama.
I think his business idea is solid and sure that once people hear about it they will see the value of the services offered. Ed is a great guy and I know he will do his best to help the expat. Ed is Panamanian but spent 10 years in the states, in Washington, learned English and is now back in Panama working with his lawyer wife selling homes and servicing rentals. It is a cliche, this is only the tip of the iceberg, Ed can REALLY help you out in so many ways but this is a good starting place. Here is his email below:
Hey Joel ,
This is what I was thinking …..
To be able to help and give out better services to the expat I am
offering these services:
Full tour of the city of David/Boquete, up 2 people, 10.00 extra for each person, max 4 people, 75.00 per day.
Included are: All type of advice on how to do things here, where to go, where to shop, what hospital to go, etc , etc .
Of course if someone wants my services for several days we can make a package or special price .
AIRPORT RIDES : 55.00 to the airport (Boquete – David or David- Boquete) up to 2 people .
with 48 hrs notice will be nice .
TOURS : Boquete , Cerro Punta , Caldera Hot Spring , Las Lajas beach or any place they want to go in the Chiriqui Provincia will be 95.00 up 2 people for one day, 10.00 extra per each person, up to 4 people max .
Again, that will included all advance questions and answers.
TRANSLATOR : If some one needs assistance with getting their cable or internet hook up, medical appointment or shopping and their Spanish is not so good ……………….15.00 per hour .
PARALEGAL : Having a wife who is an Attorney you learn a lot through the years, we can do just about any legal services and consulting , (Corporations , Immigration , Law suits , Title process, etc , etc )
Any more info please let me know ,
Thanks so much ,
As always, i you have any questions for Ed don’t contact me,
contact Ed at Río Chiriquí <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
My friend and the guy who has houses for sale and for rent (Eduardo Horna) asked me to post info on a house he has the listing on.
Hey Joe ,
You wont not believe the property I just got in my hands to sell …:
Beautiful 2 brm house built by Canadians in a 2.5 acre only 20 min from David.
Asking Price is 159,000. Fully furnished, paved road and every thing .
Check it out , if you don’t mind put it up in your blog, maybe ?
This is a deal , here is the link ,House for sale
Joel here-I don’t know anything about it except what Ed said in the email and what I see in the photos and it does look nice. Contact Ed NOT me for more info. His email address is: Río Chiriquí <email@example.com>
I get some “what/how/where” type of questions and Kris get MANY on her blog. I’ve explained before but rather than repeating I think I’ve got a way that folks can get more suggestions in one place.
Oh, and you will never see a scene like below here in Panama :-)
Chris is a blogger friend in Panama City and wrote a good post that is pretty helpful for folks who are wondering where the best place for them. Also included is a list of Panama bloggers and many describe how they approached the decision making process. Here is the link to Chris Power’s Blog.