Living and working in Panama

In 2006 my wife and I obtained permanent residency in the Republic of Panama. We moved there from Florida in the U.S. after living there for about two years.

The general population in Panama speaks Spanish. That’s the same language we mostly use at home due to the fact that my wife is Colombian. The Spanish language lends itself to talk about fun and family topics.

In Panama an international couple turned into a small family with another international member: our daughter was born in Panama City and is growing up in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment.

04 Dec 2011 Leaving Panama
20 Aug 2011 Finally - Paddock right in front of the house
05 Jul 2011 Snake hides in a moving box
30 Jun 2011 Horses, cows and a view to the Pacific Ocean
01 Apr 2011 Remarkable insect
30 Mar 2011 Water is essential for new pasture during dry season
06 Aug 2010 Farm plans on hold due to authority dragging their feet
19 May 2010 Teaching one handed Ruby on Rails after an accident
12 Apr 2010 Building a transmitter over the weekend
04 Apr 2010 Peruvian mares mastering rough terrain very well
01 Apr 2010 25 km and 10 river crossings
26 Mar 2010 Unwilling, stubborn or simply scared
23 Mar 2010 City girls - too afraid of creeks
17 Mar 2010 Right of Possession and local authorities that fear to act
10 Mar 2010 Building a temporary horse stable
07 Mar 2010 30 km and different food can have a dramatic effect on a horse's health
01 Mar 2010 Fine Peruvian Horses
18 Feb 2010 Meeting with the district administrator to complete the road
17 Feb 2010 Registering our brand
16 Feb 2010 Checkpoints everywhere during Carnival
15 Feb 2010 Crossing the "Brazo de Chuluganti" river
13 Feb 2010 Jeep as Logging Tool
13 Feb 2010 First baby trees in the tree nursery
07 Feb 2010 Where no car has gone before: what a great feeling
04 Feb 2010 Progress on our dirt road
02 Feb 2010 We are building a dirt road in the jungle
30 Jan 2010 Analysis of legal problems with Right of Possession
28 Jan 2010 The last 300 meters
27 Jan 2010 A path on top
26 Jan 2010 Hauling a tree with the Jeep
14 Jan 2010 Cherimoya fruit was seeded
12 Jan 2010 Started to seed in the new tree nursery
10 Jan 2010 Very pleased with the wood transport rikshaw
09 Jan 2010 Wood Rickshaw
07 Jan 2010 Nice doors and final paint job for the offroad trailer
05 Jan 2010 Doors for the offroad trailer
04 Jan 2010 Going off the road with our homemade trailer
30 Dec 2009 Setting up a tree nursery
27 Dec 2009 Homemade offroad trailer
25 Dec 2009 Making signs
23 Dec 2009 Making our own trailer hitch
16 Dec 2009 No solution yet to the legal issues
10 Dec 2009 There is a better access road
07 Dec 2009 Agreements are not always honored by all parties
28 Nov 2009 Clamp slabs together to saw poles
27 Nov 2009 Turning the guayacan log into slabs
23 Nov 2009 Think like a cow: pasture
23 Nov 2009 How to make wooden marker poles
22 Nov 2009 Land survey in the jungle
21 Nov 2009 Searching for wood and finding a "quebrada"; More weeding
20 Nov 2009 Fixing up and cleaning the rancho
19 Nov 2009 A farm in the rainforest - but with great cellphone coverage
18 Nov 2009 Removing a large jobo tree to unblock the access trail
17 Nov 2009 Pedron's hoof is getting better
16 Nov 2009 Our first two heads of cattle
13 Nov 2009 Buying cattle from a local farmer
11 Nov 2009 No luck today with the cattle purchase
11 Nov 2009 Buying cattle via Blackberry
04 Nov 2009 Pedron receives a house visit by the medical team
02 Nov 2009 Vaccines for our horses
31 Oct 2009 Where the rainforest is
28 Oct 2009 Flower and fruits
26 Oct 2009 Food and beverage in the wilderness
24 Oct 2009 How to do a land survey
22 Oct 2009 Rights of Possession in Panama
19 Oct 2009 Seems like this will be the access road (2/2)
17 Oct 2009 Seems like this will be the access road (1/2)
15 Oct 2009 Luzero's accident and rescue
13 Oct 2009 Luzero, Toby and Pedron visit a teak plantation
04 Oct 2009 Some more offroad fun
02 Oct 2009 Exploring a true jungle
22 Sep 2009 Another attempt at finding a good route for the access road (2/2)
19 Sep 2009 Another attempt at finding a good route for the access road (1/2)
18 Sep 2009 Didimo's old and new home
16 Sep 2009 Our temporary home base
15 Sep 2009 The big trip to the farm for our new horses
14 Sep 2009 Horse Beauty Salon
13 Sep 2009 Picking up Luzero to join the others
12 Sep 2009 Saddles, Machetes, Lasso, etc.
11 Sep 2009 Finding horses
10 Sep 2009 Going all the way to the end of the road (2/2)
07 Sep 2009 Sometimes leaving can be difficult
07 Sep 2009 Going all the way to the end of the road (1/2)
07 Sep 2009 Figuring out where to build an access road
06 Sep 2009 How the farm looks like at the moment
06 Sep 2009 Farming in the rainforest of Panama
06 Sep 2009 Exploring the farm
06 Sep 2009 The final 2 km are on horseback
04 Sep 2009 How to get to the farm
04 Sep 2009 A farm in the rainforest of Panama
28 Dec 2008 Left the city behind and went 4x4
13 Oct 2008 Small countries celebrate a little different
15 Sep 2008 IEEE Panama celebrates Dia del Programador
09 Sep 2008 Got invited to speak at IEEE Panama
06 Sep 2008 Launched
15 Dec 2007 PanamaJUG Conference
29 Nov 2007 PDF for my talk "Agile Development in Panama"
01 Sep 2007 Panama JUG: Two Day Conference
12 Jul 2007 Comment on Cultural Sensitivity and the backlash of having none
30 Jun 2007 Potential good news for snowbirds and investors in Panama
25 Jun 2007 Someone interested hearing about software development in Panama?
09 Jun 2007 Additional article about reduction of tourist visa term to 30 days
08 Jun 2007 Developing countries and immigration laws
08 Apr 2007 The impact of roadblocks on residential tourism
26 Feb 2007 Road trip with a surprise - Always carry your passport
19 Feb 2007 City is dead during Carnival in Panama
03 Feb 2007 Cerro Azul - Vacation Homes Between the Clouds
01 Feb 2007 Presented at 4th Geek Fest Panama
26 Jan 2007 UXcamp: Information Architects in Panama
19 Jan 2007 Smart brains in Panama
19 Nov 2006 Leading a mixed language development team
25 Sep 2006 Latin American business culture
27 Aug 2006 Leisurely Sunday at the beach
25 Aug 2006 Walks around Panama City
23 Aug 2006 Welcome Antonio
19 Aug 2006 Quite fast
15 Aug 2006 Fiber Optics for Internet Access
28 Jul 2006 Washing machines seem to be a rare good
23 Jul 2006 Moving in
20 Jul 2006 Buying a washer or how to loose a customer
19 Jul 2006 Fine Italian dining in Panama
14 Jul 2006 It's past 8 pm and there is some live accordion music from down the street
13 Jul 2006 Fourth day in Panama City
10 Jul 2006 Arrived in Panama and started working in my new office
29 Jun 2006 We're finally relocating to Panama