Moving to “paradise” sometimes isn’t always as amazing as you might expect it to be. Rather the process takes 2 months or two years, uprooting your whole life is never easy. We humans are creatures of habit and find comfort in places, people, things, weather, traffic, etc. Rather its a positive or a negative, what you experience everyday in your life makes up who you are. When all of that goes away or changes, it can be very hard. For me it has been a very tough journey from the move all way to being here in Panama, and now moved in to our new home.
In Panama technology is huge! Despite technically being a third world country, Panama is very first world in a lot of ways. They have a well built internet infrastructure, and cellular system as well. Many restaurants, stores, and malls that you go to will offer free wi-fi (here in Panama they pronounce it like wee-fee). That being said if you come here to visit or live here bring an unlocked smart phone that takes a Sim card. If you don’t know what either of these things are you can check out this video on YouTube:
Again we had hear horror stories about the traffic going to the city so we planned an early start. People said leave by 4 am which I thought was insane, so we left around 5:30 am and let me tell you ……it’s no joke! They have one main road in and out of the city so it’s a ZOO!
The start of our adventure July 13, 2015 through July 14th “The day that never ended”.
Deciding to move to Panama was easy, the act of getting there was going to be much more complicated. We knew that our 4 dogs were going to make the move with us, but we had no idea how to make it happen. After doing a little research online we found Panama Pet Relocation, a company that specializes in Pet Transport to and from the U.S. and Latin America. Once we hammered out all the details is was going to cost us $6000 US dollars to transport them, including the paperwork for customs & immigration. This number was no easy pill to swallow at $1500 per dog!! So, instead we started considering our options.