When Jeff and I decided to ditch our Air BNB with the cage-like windows for a more permanent apartment it was slim picking. A three-month lease on a furnished apartment isn’t easy to come by in Panama City. By law, Air BNB stays can’t be for longer than 45 days, Most furnished apartments want at least a six-month lease which was longer than we wanted to commit to.
We found a great realtor through a Facebook ex-pat group that not only had several apartments for us to choose from but also spoke perfect English.
When he showed us an apartment in a fancy high rise building we fell in love with the view and signed a three-month lease.
The lease was in Spanish, so as Jeff signed every page Rueben translated. We either signed a three-month lease or accidentally bought a Panamanian zoo.
The apartment is great except for one little thing. The bathroom is missing actual walls. The bathroom is in the bedroom, like IN the bedroom.
The bathroom situation is weird, but when we found out there was a bar on the top floor of the building with two for one happy hour. We decided “Who needs privacy.”
We’ve settled into our apartment without bathroom walls pretty well. It’s really high up which means getting over a small fear of heights.
I’ve made up an elaborate water aerobics routine for the pool. Jeff moves to the other side of the pool area and pretends he doesn’t know me when I do it.
We have a washer/dryer combination that we can’t figure out. Our clothes seem to get locked in at the end and just cook.
We are settling into a good routine.
Jeff is set up at his desk and back to work.
Here’s what I do when Jeff is working.
This is what I’m really doing, trying to find remote work I can do from out here. So far I haven’t found anything, but I’m sure there must be something I can do.
We’ve sort of figured out grocery shopping.
We even bought this fancy shopping bag cart.
And have been trying new foods, and also some old standbys.
There’s that saying, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
We’ve adopted it to, “People who live with glass bathrooms, shouldn’t leave the bedroom door open when they have to pee.