Expat Life

Letter to my sister

Letter to my sister

Dear Paulee, When I woke up this morning the sky was nearly clear. I thought the flotilla of clouds sailing far down the valley would find moorage on the coast, but they tacked upwind instead, gathering strength in numbers until they became a single vast grey ship...

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Why live in Spain?

Why live in Spain?

--Sponsored post-- By Marjorie Jean Vera Five days earlier, I arrived back to NY from Barcelona. On my way back, I had made a vow in my travel journal and messily scribbled, "If I lose my job..." It’s June 13, 2014 and the World Cup games are about to resume. I had...

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Su Moto Azul

Su Moto Azul

Back when Edie and I lived in the United States, we often went on rides at the end of the day. Our Tundra, Big Red, carried us out of the city and into pine forests and hardwood bottoms. There, the smells and sounds of ancient bayous assuaged the senses in a way that...

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Expat living in Panama City for under $1800 a month

Expat living in Panama City for under $1800 a month

--Sponsored post-- By LP Wirth They refer to Panama as the "Jewel of Central America". It's true for Panama City, a popular expat choice. Panama is a developing country. Some areas are the envy of Central America, such as Panama City. Others lag and are underdeveloped...

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Approaching a new life phase — wanderlust

Approaching a new life phase — wanderlust

--Sponsored post -- By Cathy McKay As we come into our "latter years," we have lots of big decisions to make. One of the biggest is where we want to spend those years? It could be abroad. Well, the time is drawing near.  After working hard for what—30 or 40 years—we...

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Hojalatero

Hojalatero

Authors note: I wrote this piece about five years ago after having arrived in Ecuador only a few weeks earlier. I’ve learned a lot about the folks here since then and a quite a bit more Spanish also! The shop is still there and the same artisan is still tapping that...

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How to obtain a Panama driver’s license as an expat

How to obtain a Panama driver’s license as an expat

By LP Wirth Getting a Panama driver's license as an Expat differs from that of a Panamanian citizen. Anyone who has driven in NYC, Paris, Berlin, or Madrid will manage to drive in Panama. Bring patience, alertness, though, and a valid driver's license. If you are in...

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Are you Globetrotters or Lifers?

Are you Globetrotters or Lifers?

By Cathy McKay Some expats choose to stay in one place. Other want the freedom to travel around the world. But no decision is necessarily irreversible. Having lived in Cuenca for over a year now, I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend many expats. They have...

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Spider! Beware!

Spider! Beware!

By Jeremiah Reardon Its mind made up, the four-inch wide insect plopped onto the street and stepped gingerly across the concrete. For a few minutes I stood over it, fascinated by its steady gait toward the other side. If traffic remained light, its chances looked...

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