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

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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

 

 

Good site for David weather information

Found a site that answers many weather related questions one might have about David like “what’s the average temperature, humidity or rainfall”.

I like the layout better on the site but I cut and pasted it here for quick reference.                                David weather

MONTHLY – WEATHER AVERAGES SUMMARY   [ Show All Data ]
[ °C ]   °F
Average Temperature
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 80.7 80.5 82.1 83.3 82.9 81.3 80.6 80.3 80.1 79.8 79.3 79.3 79.6
Average High Temperature
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 96.1 98.2 99.1 99.5 100.4 97.5 96.1 95.7 94.1 92.1 91.8 93.2 95.4
Average Low Temperature
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 65.4 61.7 63.5 64 67.1 68.9 68.9 67.6 62.6 65.3 68 64.4 62.6
Average Precipitation
Years on Record: 10 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
in. 100.7 1.1 0.9 1.7 3.8 11.3 13.7 9.2 13.1 17.1 14.1 11.6 2.5
Highest Recorded Temperature
Years on Record: 20 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 104 100 102 102 102 104 102 95 98 90 94 93 95
Lowest Recorded Temperature
Years on Record: 20 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 64 64 65 64 68 70 68 68 68 70 68 68 66
Average Length of Day
Years on Record: 30 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Hours 12.5 12.1 12.2 12.4 12.7 12.9 13 12.9 12.7 12.5 12.3 12.1 12
Most Rain Reported in a Month
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
in. 27.6 6.9 3.6 6.3 11.4 23.5 24.2 23.6 21.5 27.6 26.8 24.8 10.7
Average Relative Humidity
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
% 75.7 67.7 62.6 62.4 69.6 79.5 81.1 80.5 81.1 82.1 83.8 82.8 75.5
Average Morning Relative Humidity
Years on Record: 14 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
% 93 89 85 83 89 94 96 96 96 97 97 97 94
Average Evening Relative Humidity
Years on Record: 14 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
% 72 60 56 60 66 75 77 77 78 80 82 78 69
Average Dew Point
Years on Record: 9 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
F 73 71 70 71 73 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 72
Average Wind Speed
Years on Record: 47 Chart This
ANNUAL JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
mph 4.4 5.4 6.5 6.2 4.9 3.9 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.6 4.1

Video of Ed Horna- Rental Property Available in David/Boquete

Ed wanted to make a new video since the old one was two years old and I’m making it available here. DO NOT CONTACT ME (JOEL), contact Ed (Eduardo Horna riochiriqui@gmail.com 507-6567-1127, 507-6757-0005 ) for any and all rental/purchase questions.

Special thanks go to Kris for the camera work and uploading to Youtube!

 

Contact information: Eduardo Horna riochiriqui@gmail.com

507-6567-1127 507-6757-0005

AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT ED, NOT ME!!!!!!!!

 Later,

j

Photos and more photos for Ma

At Jerry and Jennifers great covered patio area-the best!

At Jerry and Jennifer’s great covered patio area-the best!

Tranquilo, todo bien!

Tranquilo, todo bien!

2 bikers from Poland who stayed with us.

Two bikers from Poland who stayed with us

The 8'x8' pool, a lovely way to cool off on a hot, 95 degree afternoon in David's

The 8’x8′ pool, a lovely way to cool off on a hot, 95 degree afternoon in David’s

Cooling off after a bike ride.

Cooling off after a bike ride.

Wispy pink clouds at sunset

Wispy pink clouds at sunset

SEEDLESS!

SEEDLESS!

My mother, Elizabeth (Ma) up in Portland, Maine, doesn’t get to see the photos I take (ipad issues) SO…I am posting  a few to help catch her up on things I may have spoken of but that she didn’t see. They may or may not be of interest to the casual viewer but here they are anyway.

More photos next post.

Enjoying the moment….

Later,

j

Back in David and liking it a lot

Boy, did I ever love our trip to Ometepe, Nicaragua. People who have traveled there often describe it as “magical”, “peaceful”, “seductive”,  etc. I fall into that group, the island has a special feel to it that words don’t really convey. It’s a “feel” thing.

 Part of me wanted to buy some land and just stay there in a sort of suspended animation. But the more rational, “left brain” part pulled back on the reins and said, “let’s give this some more thought”. Really, Joel,  are you ready to dash off to live on an island with an active volcano, the occasional mudslide, and few gringos to talk to just because it is such a neat place??? YES!—NOT!!! (Wish I could say that but not right now!)

Now that I have been back in David I’ve had some time to mull over my quandry and I have to say that life here in David suits Kris and me quite well. And that’s great because it would be costly to move ANYWHERE  away from here anytime soon. We have a pleasant, affordable life and that is not lost on us.

Home-That’s what the David area has become -home, with all the familiarity that comes with knowing the area and being comfortable with your surroundings. We have  a very nice rental house, many good friends. And there are many stores and convieniences that we enjoy and would certainly miss if we moved elsewhere. We feel safe in our home and neighborhood and know our way around. Want to go to the mountains or beach? Either is only 45 minutes away!

Where Boquete is known as the land of eternal spring, David has earned the reputation of being hot. When we tell people we live in David we always hear, “It’s so hot”. Maybe David would be a more popular place if people knew that David ALSO can be quite pleasant (70-84) for many months during the wet season. The  hot weather will be starting mid-December through mid-April but that’s okay, we have a/c and can take more trips up to cool Boquete! As for now, I’m sure liking the 74 degrees weather at 6:30 pm I write these words!

Day to day life in our neighborhood is similar to the way it was like years ago in small towns in the states and that’s a pretty nice way to live. Folks here  are often found enjoying themselves on the front patios talking with friends and family.  It’s a relaxed, low stress type of life, people’s attitude is very “live and let live”.  Did I mention the low stress part? 🙂

Holidays? Halloween here is a non-event. Thanksgiving is observed and this Thanksgiving will probably be celebrated up in Boquete with our stateside buddies. Ham, turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies and all that good t-day stuff.

Good time with good friends, yes, indeed, followed by… (drum roll)…..Christmas time! … I’m SO looking forward to it! Love the lights and decorations, the fireworks (MANY!!!), and walking all around the neighborhood at midnight with everyone exchanging “Feliz Navidads”. Fun!

Yes, David has worked out quite well for us indeed. We may end up leaving here sometime, but I doubt it will be sometime soon!

Enjoy the moment

Later,

j

I see why more folks read blogs about becoming an Expat

Dear Friends,

We are doing okay here in David, Panama but also have a Plan B in case we get priced out of our area. We feel so fortunate to have NOT had enough money to retire in the USA,  we have made new friends in our travels and seen wonderous things.

Be not afraid, there is hope.

This movie “Brokeneggsfilm” (link is below)s quite an eye-opener. Watch it if you care to.

Good Luck to All!!!!!!!!!

Later,

j

http://brokeneggsfilm.com/broken-eggs-movie/