Good Morning to you all! I have wanted to move to Panama for a very long time. In fact, I almost bought a piece of land along the road from David to Boquette about 7 years ago. I was dealing with Saskia Delic from now defunct Happy Whales Real Estate. Then life changed and I moved to southern Oregon from Seattle. Now we are starting to think about the retirement years (may be in 5 to 7 years) and the Panama-thoughts have rekindled in my mind. I have researched things a lot, but never joined any of the forums before now. Like many of you, I appreciate all the work of many people to keep this forum alive. Yes, there are many discourses, but a saint once said that ‘eddies form only in moving waters’. This forum is certainly not a stagnant place for opinions!! We wonder about the problems we read about rude and unfriendly Panamanians. People seem pretty unanimous about this issue. Are these experiences mostly from urban areas or folks feel the same way about rural dwelling Panamanians too? In the US, folks are lot nicer in small towns compared to the big cities! Also, does one’s experience change when one learns fluent Spanish? By profession I am a veterinarian with strong holistic leanings. We are not sure yet, but we are considering setting up a tiny practice. However we do not want to live anywhere near the cities. I am a farmer at heart and will be looking for a bit of land. But funds are limited, so we have to be careful. At present we are thinking about the Penonome area. My better half has never been to Panama. We are planning to take a vacation there in few months and drive around. Again we really appreciate all the hard work of many folks to keep this forum alive.