I feel the earth move under my feet.

While running an errand to get paint for the living room, we all felt the earth move with another pretty routine earthquake.  No one was very concerned, so business as usual.  What I found interesting was that the tremor was at exactly 11:11am, for those of you in the know.
Went on a great little hike Monday morning up to the hydrophonic farm run by a lovely gentleman named Rodrigo.  He lives in his massive greenhouse with 5 toucans and is very in tune with las plantas. Made my purchase of lechuga.  A little bibb and some romaine.  Muy delicioso, Nice to have a day to just enjoy the mountains and flowers along the way. There was a castle on a hill along the way which was very cool.  And it’s for sale I hear.  Only 2 mil.  Found a place where they offer cooking lessons and made a mental note to follow up on that.  Time to learn some local cuisine I think.
Spent all of Wednesday with our lawyer, Eric.  Possibly one of the nicest people you could ever meet.  Bright, funny, warm, professional, and best of all…patient.  We all drove down to the immigration office where we spent 6 long hours applying for our pensionado.  This was after months of accumulating all the correct documents and having them apostollized  before setting foot in Panama.  The process, to the untrained eye, looks chaotic.  To the trained eye, according to Eric, a bit insane, but nevertheless, the way it’s done.  So lawyers come with clients and submit paperwork.  Then lots of waiting time until you sign some papers and wait some more.  Everything must be notarized, so our lawyer would hop over next door where that service was provided.  More wait time.  Back to submit notarized papers 2 feet from where they were approved.  Now for pictures (after already submitting 6 passport size photos)  Then let’s wait some more and go over passports again.  Off to the cashier for paying for step 1.  After this, we received our carnet (picture id card) but I think these had to be notarized as well, so back to the notary at least 3 different times.  Then everything had to be signed by a special principle, who managed to be out of the office for 2 hours while the line of waiting people got bigger and bigger.  Hooray!  He’s back.  Papers are signed and we then go through the whole process again to get a multi entry visa so we can legally leave the country before the official cards are sent to us (did I mention our carnet was only temporary.  Passports are checked again (we have supplied complete copies of every page, but I guess these didn’t count.  Time to visit the cashier again and at 3:34 we were finally done.  We had arrived at 8:30am when the office opened.  I am viewing this as a rite of passage.  I survived.  So this is my version of what happened, although I probably have it all wrong.  The end result is we are 1 step closer to being true jubilados and for that, I say thank you. The next day, I had a wonderful healing sessions with my new friend Bruce.  Learned a little about human design and matrix energetics, while overlooking the beautiful rainforest from his balcony.  Check out this moth who came to visitmy house the other day.  He measured at 3 1/2 “.  LIFE IS  ABOUT BALANCE. YIN AND YANG.  PRACTICE EQUANIMITY IN ALL THINGS. (even the immigration office)

About Rona True

Welcome to my blog. My name is Rona and I live here in Boquete, with my husband, Dennis. I've been keeping an online 'journal' of our adventure moving to Panama as a way to stay in touch with friends. As the universe is wont to do, my path crossed with some serious bloggers who have been encouraging me to step it up a bit with my technology, and so here I am; a novice blogger with a penchant for the spiritual path. Panama is a perfect place to recover the pieces I left along the way as I raised a family, had a career in teaching, and generally followed the 'responsible' road. I travel a new road now and each day brings a new awareness. Panama is a land which brings the senses alive. The culture, warmth of its people, sights and sounds are the stimulus for my journey. Without my incredible husband, this would not be possible. We breathe the same air on this adventure and I invite you to come along for the ride.
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