Thoughts upon returning to the US after 5 years in Korea

I could write about my own experience’s going back to the states but this was so well done I decide to add a link so the reader could get a take on what it’s like for another person to return to the states after an extended stay overseas. I  have lived overseas many different times for many years  and have after having returned to the states can certainly understand the various feelings this writer is talking about, perhaps you can get a better idea of what it’s like. What happened.

He had changed but the place was  pretty much the same-and no one who hasn’t traveled can quite “get” how the returning person feels or even why they traveled or would even the want to leave the USA, friends and relatives and all the USA has to offer again.

If anybody would like to comment on this side be interested in reading the comment and responding if you’d like.

Later, j

This blog is inactive….

For some reason people still sign up to follow my blog, I really don’t know why being that I haven’t posted in quite a while. I’m not active on the blog and don’t look forward to being active in the future. I suggest  that if you actually want to learn a bit more about anymore see some pictures or just generally entertain yourself that you follow my wife’s blog. Her name is Kris Cunningham and she runs the Panama Aventure blog. She remains quite active as  it is current on names and numbers of helpful people should you need that information. If you want to go back in time and read my blog, knock your self out but don’t hold your breath waiting for me to write too much more🙂

If you’re headed here to Panama  I wish you good luck and perhaps we’ll run into each other when you get here.

Later,

j

Cacao Cafe, New Restaurant in Boquete

The Panama Adventure

We had a delightful and unexpected surprise yesterday. We decided to take the day off and explore some of Boquete I hadn’t seen. We ran into Steve and Donna who were talking about their new restaurant, so we decided to check it out on our way home. We were really impressed! The restaurant is called the Cacao Cafe and their website is here. Check it out for a bit of information about Mayan food, the specialty of this restaurant.

We rarely eat out. We make great food at home so it usually isn’t worth it. This wasn’t the case last night though. The food was excellent, inexpensive, and a bit different than our usual fare.

We were the last people there and it was dark when we left. As we got into the car I turned around and saw this pretty scene.

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The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch…

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America: At the rate you’re going, you may never get to ditch your 9-to-5 job…

Want a “wee bit of hope”?  The headlines scream that you’re going to have to work foreverSCARY, but not necessarily true. If you are willing and able to think “out of the box” life after retirement can be pretty darn good for many of us.

Kris and I feel fortunate on a daily basis:

We have our health,

Our monthly bills are not so high that we feel deprived,

We live in a nice home/neighbourhood, city/country

We have access to great CHEAP food

We have been able to make some good friends

And to top it off, things just seem to be getting better the longer we live here

Bottom line, it’s always good to “Be Prepared”, do your homework and then…..“Just Do It!”

PS I added a poll if you want to respond and see what others think

Enjoy the moment,

j

Panama is the Happiest Country, 2nd Year in a Row!

Why Panamanians are so happy

I don’t post a lot but I thought this was worth the time to pound the drum. Long story short is that Panamanians have a “Positive Outlook”. That to me is SO important!

A woman wearing a traditional "pollera" -big one-piece skirt- takes part in a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the declaration of the Panamanian indenpendence in Chorrera, 30 km from Panama City on November 10, 2014. Panama will celebrate 193 years from its independence from Spain next November 28. AFP PHOTO / Rodrigo ARANGUA        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman wearing a traditional “pollera” -big one-piece skirt- takes part in a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the declaration of the Panamanian indenpendence in Chorrera, 30 km from Panama City on November 10, 2014. Panama will celebrate 193 years from its independence from Spain next November 28. AFP PHOTO / Rodrigo ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

I remember listening to a motivational tape that stressed “DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH NEGATIVE PEOPLES”,  English wasn’t the speaker’s first language but it made the phrase unforgettable to me.

Wondered exactly why I feel so good here in Panama. Being around folks with Positive Outlooks is a BiG reason why!

later,

j