January marked our 1 Year Anniversary of arriving in Panama. It was hard to believe it had been that long. Now that our former Hawaii house was sold, the realization set in that this is now our Home. The pressure of maintaining and paying for the US house was gone and we focused on settling in to our day-to-day lives here in Panama.
In March, Tina and I had to make a trip to Panama City, to handle some paperwork related to our permanent residency application. We planned some extra time in Panama City and make a short excursion out to see the Panama Canal. It has a pretty amazing history and truly is one of the most impressive engineering feats in the world - especially given the technology that existed in the early 1900s. The canal opened over 100 years ago and has been in continual use since then. Here are a few pictures from our visit to the canal museum (which adjoins one of the canal locks):
In late May, we took a trip to California, to attend the wedding of my nephew, John, and his fiance, Sophia. The wedding was in Temecula (Southern Cal) at a beautiful winery. We were looking forward to seeing family and celebrating the first wedding of one of my nieces/nephews that we've been able to attend. I have a niece, Beth, in Arizona, that got married in 2009 but we were unable to attend because we still had our business in Hawaii (Beth also made me a Grand Uncle in 2014). Since we were traveling back to The States, we took an extra, empty checked suitcase, to use for all the purchases from our "US shopping list". We flew into LA and drove a rental car the 90+ minutes to Temecula. Believe me when I say I don't miss driving the California freeways, especially since we were driving back to LA the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.
It was a memorable trip and a beautiful wedding. The time spent with family was really special.
The next month was when we had our BIG trip planned...