Making the decision to create a life in Panama was easy. I don’t know if I should blame it on the ignorance of my youth or just my adventurous spirit, but it did not take much for me to make up my mind. Knowing that I wanted to be in real estate, moving to Panama was basically a no-brainer.
Now going on my second year in the country, you would think I had a good idea of where I am at this point. I would have thought that after a year my lifestyle would be pretty concrete. But, in fact, that’s just not true. Going on my second year I feel like I live in a completely different country than I arrived in two years ago.
The reason? For the first year I was living in Panama City, and now I center my life in Coronado. Speaking from the point of view of a 23-year-old single guy, there are definitely many pros and cons to consider in making such a change.
Living in the city was driving me crazy. I began to realize the very reasons I came to Panama were the things now making me dislike it. Due to the rapid growth of the country, there are construction sites everywhere. New bridges, highways, buildings and streets being built around the clock.
Great for the future, tough for the present. Going from my house in Clayton to the supermarket without traffic should take five minutes. But with about ten new construction projects going up, the drive could sometimes take an hour with all of the traffic. I knew it was time to make a change when I realized my day was starting after 11 a.m. just so I could drive smoothly without traffic.
But like everything else in life there are sacrifices that would have to be made if I wanted to move out of the city. One was the nightlife. Coming to Panama City a month after graduating from college, the nightlife was somewhat important to me. And the city has plenty of it. There are numerous places to go to meet people and have a great time. From a professional aspect, the city seemed like the place to be if you wanted to be in real estate. With all of the skyscrapers and people, it made me think that this was the only place in the country that had any relevance.
Everything changed for me when a friend invited me to his home in Coronado. Peace at last! The complete opposite of what I was used to in the city. You can drive a full block and only press your breaks when you get to a stop sign. This is unheard of in the city. I found a place with many people from around the world, who all share similar stories of what made them come here. It was truly fascinating. Plus, the breathtaking beach made it heaven on earth. It honestly felt like another country in that aspect. But I thought it couldn’t be all good. Could it?
After getting a job in Coronado and commuting for two months from the city, it began to dawn on me that I had to move. The peaceful, friendly environment in Coronado was addictive. But once I made the move I realized that I would have my challenges here as well.
Coronado is a very unique place. It is home to some of the most gorgeous homes and worst streets. I quickly realized that people don’t only drive slow to look at the amazing beach and astounding homes, but they have to drive slow because some of the roads look like they come straight out of a war movie!
Another thing that I quickly noticed is that the town is mostly comprised of retirees. So the nightlife would essentially be nonexistent for someone my age. But, sure enough, I’ve met a great group of friends and living here has been awesome. With the high demand for real estate in the area, many of the roads are being fixed. So now the only thing that makes my drive slow is the amazing scenery. And being able to go to the beach after work is something that I don’t think I’ll ever be willing to trade off.