For my wife, Abbe, and me, our lives here in Pedasí, a small town on Panama’s Pacific coast, are a far cry from the hectic existence we lived back in the U.S. In Florida, we lived our entire lives in busy suburbs where we had to drive to everything. Now we walk to restaurants, grocery stores, and the town square.
As a consultant to large corporations, I work with clients who ask for and use my expert advice to make important decisions. My wife, Abbe, also is a consultant to people who use her help to move.
My wife, Abbe, and I moved to Pedasí, Panama, full time in the Fall of 2016. We had been coming to the village for three years and purchased a small house in mid-2015. We love our new home and here are some fundamental reasons why.
In many ways, Pedasí, Panama reminds me of small-town America 50 years ago. It's a friendly village of 2,000 people, downtown is picturesque with a quaint church and colorfully painted town square, and large cattle ranches and corn and hay fields on rolling countryside surround it.
I rise at 6 a.m. just as morning light breaks. I don't need an alarm clock as the singing of birds in the trees outside have replaced that annoying sound. My first task is to make a full pot of freshly ground coffee and then open the curtains, sliding doors, and front door to let in the fresh air.
My wife, Abbe, and I were living the American Dream in Naples, Florida. We had moved there in 2003 from the chilly Northeast for the warmer and sunnier climate. We had a beautiful condo directly on the Gulf of Mexico from where we could watch dolphins swim by.