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Life as a Voluntary Castaway

Our current situation in Panama is interesting, familiar, and yet new and exciting. In the last six years of our life this will be the longest we have stayed continually, in one place (we’ll be outdoing that next year, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that story). Four and a half months voluntarily removed from face to face contact with everyone but a very small group of locals who do not speak much English. Thank goodness the location we are in is pretty bloody wonderful. Certainly not for everyone, but for those who don’t mind having to rely on themselves to solve most problems and don’t particularly like sharing a swimming pool, it is awesome.

As you can see from the top photo, it is hard not to feel a little spoiled here. We choose to have proper table top dining for all our meals. It allows one time to sit back, look around, and appreciate the experience you are living.

Watchful Mom
A big part of the experience here is the animals. We have been very fortunate to see a number of baby birds.
Hungry Baby
This nest is right outside our casita. It is not unusual to walk out the door first thing in the morning and see one of the two babies looking for food.
Photo Set up
Some photos take a little more work than others. I think it was worth the effort.

We have a collection of chores that require attending to, however some tasks are more entertaining than others

Bloody Vacas!
These cows from a neighbouring village occasionally like to come check out the grass on the other side. Herding them back home is good fun and a challenge. You do have to be careful not to spook them because the chance of them damaging water lines goes up if they start running.
Western yellow bellied racer
A few times we have had snakes drop by. Now that we have mastered shooing them away with a broom they aren’t nearly as exciting as they used to be.
Hanging out at the bar
Most of our wildlife encounters are of a much cuter nature. This tiny frog was keeping an eye on us while we were in the pool.
Collared Aracari
Again from the pool, yes, we spend a lot of time there. This Collared Aracari stopped by briefly.
Leaping Lizard
While we were playing cards this fellow landed in a tree about 4 metres from us. It had leaped from another tree approximately 5 – 6 meters higher up and managed to stick its landing on this branch. Amazing.
Storm is coming
As it is the rainy season right now we are regularly treated to some fantastic light shows at night. It certainly is not difficult to tell when some interesting weather is headed our way.

Life here is very good. We are just past the halfway point of our time here and looking forward to what the next couple of months holds for us. Our Spanish is improving nicely, though the guys here still laugh when we try to put a sentence together. We spend at least an hour a day working our way through the online program, Duolingo, to improve our Spanish language skills. The most learning comes from conversing with the people here though. They are very patient with us.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

6 comments on “Life as a Voluntary Castaway

  1. Wil Garth

    Hi Peter, I love your idea of traveling thre world. Any suggestions for me to do a similar idea? Would like to know where you have been and how you got to house sit to get the real experiences! Thanks, Wil

    • I’ll message you

    • Jane Jablonski

      Hello Peter,
      I too have often considered how one would get involved in house sitting abroad. Any info you have is much appreciated. Thanks, Jane

      • I would certainly suggest taking a look back over our blog posts as I try to talk about house sitting frequently. We use a number of house sitting sites but get a lot of sits from Many countries have sites specific to them, Australia and Canada are two we have had success with. I can’t comment on Europe yet as we simply have not got there yet. Stay tuned however.

  2. Anonymous

    looks so beautiful – island or shipwreck just of the jetty?

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