Hi and welcome to The Panama Gringo Guide! Thanks for stopping by.
I’m JuliAnne Murphy and I’m so happy to share my experiences with you about my life as an expat in the Republic of Panama. It was my own triumphs and tribulations (mostly, the latter) that inspired The Gringo Guide to Panama – What to Know Before You Go
and The Gringo Guide to Panama II: More to Know Before You Go
But, first, let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve been in business for more than 23 years, and my job first brought me to Panama some years ago. When I came, my family came with me. I moved here, bull-headed and starry-eyed, thinking that my usual way of getting things done would be what carried us through as we began our new life here. Boy, was I wrong! I had NO idea what I was getting into, and I found because there was so much to deal with…new job, new country, new culture, new language, new everything…that I could barely keep my head afloat. Really, that’s just how it felt. I felt overwhelmed.
Over the past five years, I made the change from full-time executive to full-time writer and author. The inspiration for the Gringo Guide to Panama series came from our own experiences, and the realization that all the stories and the things we’d learned could probably really help others. When I meet new expats, I’m always giving advice when asked, in addition to sharing my own stories and thoughts.
It’s been an amazing experience writing and publishing these books over the past five years. And it’s been a heckuva adventure for me – moving outside the U.S., living abroad – outside the U.S., specifically in Central America: Panama and Costa Rica, and I’m not done yet. Life in Panama (nor in Costa Rica) is not to be entered into lightly for expats. My books are the guide to Panama that I wish I had had, when I relocated in early 2008. But, they did not exist before, and that’s why I wrote them.
I hope you’ll enjoy The Gringo Guide to Panama book series, and that it helps you in ways big and small. It’s my contribution to making the moving to Panama experience that much better for those new to the country.
As an expat, I’m always looking to connect with other expats. Life is a journey, after all, and it’s only better when we share it. I invite your comments and your posts. Like me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter. And, please go to Amazon and review both my books. It will help others find them, just like you did.
I wish you the best on your Panama journey, or wherever you may land. And IF in fact you find yourself also researching Costa Rica (which is where I am now), check out my blog and boutique real estate firm there along the South Pacific coast!