Year round, the flowers are in bloom, the birds serenade you with their songs, while the sun rises and sets at the same time every day...it's no wonder that Medellin is nicknamed The City of Eternal Spring.
Life can be strange. One minute my husband Bryan and I are working the 9-to-5 routine, and the next we are looking at our future overseas. We sold everything we had, and off we went. Now we live in the capital of the Colombian coffee region, Pereira.
Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I were sitting in La Cabaña de Leo, enjoying lunch in the bamboo and thatch restaurant on a beautiful white-sand beach. The first course was a thick shrimp soup, made with crushed peanuts.
Boquete is the premier expat and retiree destination in the highlands of Panama. It's located in Chiriqui Province in western Panama, on the eastern-facing side of Volcan Baru, Panama's highest peak (11,400 feet) and only volcano.
Modern and cosmopolitan cities, lush jungles, mountainous countryside, and a year-round spring-like climate...Colombia is a place I'm very keen on—and particularly Medellín.
Walking along the deep blue waters of the Pacific, I stop to take in some of the most impressive city views I've ever seen. Across the wide, tree-lined avenue are gleaming new towers, housing everything from modern condos to offices, restaurants, and hotels.
"We have lived in Ecuador for a year and a half now, and we have no regrets at all," says Roger. "We are happy here, we feel welcomed by the locals and the expat community. We couldn't ask for a more tranquil setting for our retirement than Olón."
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.
A fixer-upper in a foreign country could sound like a big, and potentially intimidating, project to many expats. But for Terry Anderson, this was the best decision for his family—his wife and two children.
You couldn't ask for much better when it comes to a place to live. Ideal weather—highs in the mid-70s F most days, cooling off at night, with 300 days of sunshine a year.