ahh the FAT GRINGO

Yep thats me, the fat gringo. of course bald I am not. hair down past the mid point of my back.

let me share with you what I have learned here about food. food from the states and food here.

when I lived in the u.s. about three years ago, I was huge, size 42 pants. I could tear a buffet up. The little chinese woman would come out and yell, you go now!! you been here four hours!!!

I could eat four times a day and then snack. and eat a lot of food each time. wendy's and mickey d's, taco bell you name it.

when I moved here the fast food places were in the city, so I ate whatever my wife cooked. rice, beans, fish, chicken, meat ect.

now over this three year time frame, I never tried to lose any weight at all, but I found that I was eating far less food and far fewer meals. now I eat once a day and I am full.

visa and paperwork

someone wrote that panama was changing and wanting more income to move here. wrong on that point as well. they did change some laws about it, but it was dealing with fines you pay for overstaying your visa, and putting a two month limit on them to get your paperwork done. if they don't have a yes or no for you within those two months, you are approved.

there are a few types of visa's you can get to live here full time. one is to show proof of income 500 per month and if your married then its 600.00. this must be in the form of s.s. or a retirement check. something that is going to keep coming in each month, not income off of say a rental property you have or a property you sold and are getting payments off of.

they also have a visa where you can put so much money in a bank account in a c.d note. I think that is around 200k.

travel with pets to panama

PETS  Yes those wonderful members of the family.  ok heres the deal to bring them with you to panama. first the vet must give them a clean bill of health. not just any vet can do this, it must be a vet that is listed with the U.S.D.A.  As soon as that vet signs the forms, the clock is ticking. you have 15 days to be here in panama with those forms.  sounds like plenty of time doesn't it?  well not really.  after your vet signs off on everything, you need to make copies of it just for your records. then you must mail it to your  usda office, for them to look over and then stamp. I can't remember what they charged me to do that. then they send it back to you.. then you must mail it all to panama's embassy IN THE U.S. for them to stamp, again another fee, I am thinking 10.00 dollars or so for every stamp. then they must mail it back to you. I used fed ex and pre paid for them to fed ex it back.

who I used for shipping, and you want a lexus

I want my Lexus RIGHT NOW....Life is too short.

Are you a developer/realtor???

You write welll....


thanks, I really don't write all that well at all, I spell really bad, and sometimes my mind throws words out there and my hands type what they want too. but thanks. I am just a country boy at heart, that grew up in the city, then back to the country. I believe in being fair and true with people. help when you can, and try to make things better then worse.  I write only to help people or to make people think about things here that they might not have thought of.  I was full of dreams of islands and sunsets as well.

many things here I don't like, but the good far out weights the bad for me.  so you want a lexus? well get out there and get you one, time is short.. live it up while you can!!!


what area has what

This is a link to a map I will use to point out a few things.

start at the darrien gap.. this area is not safe. few very roads, power water ect. the colombian F.R.A.C run into this area to rest and refuel from fighting with the colombian army, they take what they want, and few police are ready to fight with them, after all they do have army type weapons and the police here are outnumbered and out gunned.

on the caribbean side from darrien to almost colon, all this area belongs to kuna tribe and its not for sale.

colon has some pretty areas, but it also has a little more crime, due to the free zone. a new highway is being build as I write this.

from there to bocas, few roads to take you to that coast.

selling stuff

its not hard to sell stuff here?, what you are talking about is a gringo that has to leave the country soon and is making sure that his truck will be sold before he has to go and just leave it.

I wanted to post a few things about me, so people who read the things I post can understand where I am coming from.


C.R.  the crime rate in c.r. is out the roof and will get worse. many of their beaches are so nasty that just swimming in it will make you sick.   the crime rate has also started to take its toll on tourist that are going to other places, this is killing their cash flow to the hundreds if not thousands of people who work in that field.  add that with the u.s. slow down it really is hurting them.

so in turn that person is out stealing instead of working to be able to live.

If your thinking of moving there and buying something. think of this, c.r. really doesn't have a base for income, outside of tourist. They have no oil or any other huge large source of income to help the government run the country.  without tourist bring in millions of dollars per year, where do you think these people are going to start looking for the money to make up for that loss?

buying real estate. shipping

wow so your ready to move from the states, down to that little piece of heaven that has been in the back of your mind everytime you see the ocean waves on t.v.  you have worked hard for that goal and now your ready to make the leap..

first you must understand that most people down here are not your friends, they are looking to cash in on you. even some of the real estate people will do some back door dealings to cut more of your money from you. if a gringo is trying to buy property, you can better bet that price just went up. I find a lot of things here in panama don't even have a price on it, they charge by who you are.

crime in costa rica and panama

well we all know crime is a factor when we travel,  you bring some spending money for that special gift for a loved one back home, or you see something you want to remind you of your time here.  It's not much maybe 50.00 to 100.00 dollars, and of course you have your camera to take a few shots. that's another 200.00 plus maybe a watch 25.00 to 100.00, how about those nike shoes at 150.00, maybe even that cool back pack you just had to rush out and buy just for this trip, what that set you back another 100.00.  so lets say you have maybe 600.00 worth of stuff on you..

now 600.00 isn't  much to most of us. but to them, thats about equal to 4 months of working.  In some places if they don't rob you for more then 500.00 its not really even looked at like a crime.

Now we all understand being robbed by a street person, but being robbed by the police really rubs salt in the wounds. And that does happen more times then you think.

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crime figures - nicaragua - 2008 2009

2008. Managua. 725 reported assaults in taxis.  Half of the time, the victim was the passenger, half the victim was the driver.  Fair enough.

2009. Granada. Less than two weeks in, already 15 reported robberies with force and intimidation. (Including two lady foreigners robbed.)


What about Costa Rica?  What are figures like there?  How many taxi robberies happen per day in San Jose?  How about Panama?  Honduras?

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