Goodbye Panama! Thank you!
Buenos dias from Panama!
It’s a fitting time to celebrate with our friends at Amigos Restaurant here in Boquete! Thank you to Mark and Jen and their staff for the many fun times at their restaurant over the past four months.
We have decided to go back to Canada as of August 1st. We’ll visit Edmonton for a short time to catch up with family and friends then head off to live in Vancouver for a few months or maybe eight, then we’d like to rent a condo in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the province of British Columbia, possibly Vernon or Osoyoos.
These locations are quite different from each other. Most of the people we’ve bumped into have heard of Vancouver. It’s a great city full of opportunities, a plethora of tasteful restaurants to dine in and of course, an endless supply of festivals, celebrations, and activities that living next to an ocean can provide.
Departing from Vancouver and driving east into the southern interior of British Columbia, we would arrive at our destination of Vernon, a city with a population estimate of 45000. It’s located in what is known as the Okanagan Valley and is the largest city in the northern part of this region.
For us, it offers a varied climate, which is important since we’re “four season people” at heart. The average high temperature is 26 degrees Celsius in July and drops down to an average low in January of minus 7 degrees Celsius. These temperatures suit us just fine as we happen to be acclimatized to the colder temperatures after living in Edmonton for most of our lives.
Another perk in our favor is an international airport can be found at Kelowna, BC which is only about 40 km away from Vernon. And there are many lakes in this area to fish, swim, suntan or whatever to your heart’s content.
Osoyoos, on the other hand, is in an arid region, close to the border of Washington State. It’s located on Lake Osoyoos, in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley, so we’re near water again and would enjoy all that this affords.
Quite often, Osoyoos is also the hottest spot in Canada. The average range in temperatures is from 29 degrees Celsius in July to -5 degrees Celsius in January. It’s becoming a popular place for retirees to settle in and the Kelowna International Airport is about 1.5 hours away, a reasonable driving distance of about 100 km.
Even though it would appear that we were on an extended vacation in Panama, my wife has had a rough time living here in Boquete or anywhere in Panama for that matter. She has been homesick to the point of physical nauseousness and struggled with her anxiety to the point of having panic attacks.
We’ve decided it’s time to go. Thank you to those of you who followed my blog. Your support was enthusiastically appreciated! And best of luck to all of my fellow bloggers and may their writings be inspirational and entertaining for many years to come!
And a special thank you goes out to all of our expat friends that we’ve met in our travels throughout Panama. You were and are so very kind and we’re glad we exchanged personal information with you so we can keep in touch.
Another special thank you to all of the very nice Panamanians who helped us along the way especially Ken, Angela, Eduardo, Carmen and Fernando. And the many taxi drivers we met who drove us around at all hours of the day and night. You serve your towns and cities well! And thank you Panama for your hospitality!
Until next time…if there is a next time, buenos dias from Panama, Don