Bill Uhlman

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About Bill Uhlman

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  • Real Name:
    Bill Uhlman
  • Reason for registering:
    Considering relocating to Chiriqui
  • Location of primary residence:
    Outside of Panama
  • Birth (home) country:
    USA

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  1. Hi Bonnie, yes, that was what i was referencing. So if the temporary visa is issued after the submission of the documents you referenced, then waiting till the 90 day stay is over to decide, ensures that there will be a period of no driving. it would require arriving for the trial visit with the documents in hand - which is good to know.
  2. So let me try out this scenario (which is hopefully ours). After several years of annual vacations, we arrive for a 3 month trial life sometime later this year. Just before the end of the 3 months, we decide whether to apply for pensionado visa and engage a lawyer or go home. If we stay, at that point, instead of making a "hop" like the olden days, what i understand from some sources but not others, is that our lawyer can issue a statement at some nominal cost that allows us to remain for the duration of the process without risk, and either a) continue to drive legally on our US drivers license, or b) do the work to obtain a Panamanian license, or c) still not be able to drive legally until the process is concluded and we are residents eligible to apply for a drivers license. Which is true?
  3. So after several years of visits, we are contemplating a three month trial in late 2017, followed by (hopefully) an application for a pensionado visa. It seems to me that process will require one or perhaps three border hops before all is done. Given the current hysteria, if it is true, we could be taking a risk each hop of being denied re-entry and perhaps throwing all our efforts to waste (not to mention rental agreements, auto purchases, etc). While fortunately we have 9 months or more before our three month start for all of this to settle out, it is really concerning for people like us who intended to do things right to possibly be locked out in the middle of the process. We will have to closely watch how this plays out before we commit to selling our house, and trying to settle in Panama.
  4. The ones that Morts had last week were delicious - they even held over well to the next day. They said they were a new item because of their new "guest" baker.
  5. There is pepper jack at Jamon
  6. We just stayed for less at the new PC Crown Plaza - nice pool - including free shuttle to and from Tocumon, than we do at a rural and shabby Best Western in Oregon. however the food and drink downstairs was fairly expensive.
  7. Thanks for the advice Alison, i have seen the pictures of this place and it looks intriguing. We are used to wind where we come from but the past few days have been brutal so i get that it could be nasty.
  8. Hi, we are on our third trip to Boquete and checking off our list of things we have not yet done. What is the best nearest beach for a day trip? General directions would be helpful. We are not interested in the Bocas Del Toro side. Thanks in advance for your kind advice...
  9. Could someone give me contact information for the fundation pro integration? Preferably an email address, as we currently are in the US.
  10. Thanks for this conversation. We are getting our ducks in a row for a potential move, and after a few visits using ATMs we had a similar question about why have a local account. Two Sailors makes a good case to have one if the fees are right and the required balance is low. We also appreciate the idea of a Schwab account and a Barclay or similar account. These are mostly things we can do before a move to ensure the greatest financial flexibility we can get moving to a new country.
  11. So, help me understand. They are charging tourists $10 a trip to promote tourism? While I don't care much about a $10 fee added to my trip, it seems kind of backwards to me...
  12. We are "liberals" from the US who have been visiting Panama for almost 4 years with the intention to live here after retirement. Richard Detrich, in his two books, references the trend being discussed where every 4 to 8 years expats arrive due to the political situation in the US. i assume in his relatively long tenure that he has seen enough to know that this is a real phenomenon. I am kind of happy to contemplate that Boquete has been in an out cycle, lately, as rents still seem to be on the increase. So when you see us "liberals" around town in 2017, just know that some of us were on our way here after a long path of discernment and not due to the change in administration! Retirement for us just happens to coincide with the change in the political winds...
  13. So if we are visiting for a few weeks in early 2017 and want to check out price smart ( as a part of determining if we want to live here) could we join price smart? If so how? Their website is not very clear. And we understand a Costco membership from the states is not transferrable.
  14. I just read this earlier today and went to show it to my wife and it was gone. Fortunately the link was still in my browser.