My Continuing Journey to Find my Retirement Dream

by Sharol Rasmussen
(Boquete, Panama)

Hi Pat,

Long time no hear, that is on my part. I planned to start my retirement adventure, after going to Mexico with my kids, but my plans had to change. The trip was horrible, and I knew I couldn't continue to Chile with my daughter, and her wonderful attitude, she' s 23' going on 40. She knows everything.

My right knee was really acting up again, and I found out the first knee replacement was done completely wrong, so I had to have a real pro redo it for me. It was a very difficult surgery, and that was about five months ago.

About two months ago, barely able to walk any distance I left for Chile.I stayed in Santiago for a couple of weeks, this was in the dead of winter, and now I understand why they call Chile, Chile, it's soooo cold there. It got much worse when I went to the beautiful, sleepy town of Pucon.

The town was breathtaking, with a big, grand volcano and a lake there. I stayed a month there, and became a snowcone, and I narly froze to death, my computer even died in Chile. The people didn't use insulation for their houses, it was the coldest I've ever been. I would consider living north of Santiago, but you know the big earthquake that just happened there, and issues with lack of water, make you think twice.

I told my daughter, Ashlee, I couldn't take it there anymore, so here I am in Boquete Panama. It's beautiful here, with warm weather, it does get cold at night, and I am living here in the rainy season, and it loves to pour about 2 pm on for a couple of hours, but anything is better than way south, Chile, this place is paradise.

For the most part the locals are friendly, you always shave several bad apples no matter where you go, and tons of expats, that makes it all worthwhile. You can get into the Panama culture as much, or as little as you want, it's all here...You can rent here for as much or little as you want.

I found a two bedroom place in a Panama neighborhood for $250. A month plus utils. I'm even the asst. director for the local community theatre here, and I've been here only a few weeks. Great things can happen here for you, even if your a lone, single women such as myself.

There's soo much to do here, you can be as busy or as lazy as you want, the choice is yours. I hope you come and join me, someday.

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Oct 28, 2015
Journey to find my retirement dream
by: Anonymous

I loved the article. This lady never gave up and followed her dream. She gives me hope that I can do it myself.


Oct 28, 2015

by: Pat @ Babyboomers

Sharol good to hear that you've found somewhere you feel happy with. It sounds lovely. Can you contact me by e-mail as I have accidentally deleted your e-mail address.

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