Posted by: pennyinparadise | December 12, 2020

Luxury Apartment for Short Term Rental

When we came back from Mexico in late February 2020, we were greeted with a lockdown for Covid-19. We took advantage of that 8 months to create a truly unique rental for short term stays. It is a 2,000 sq ft apartment below our house (Villa La Rosa) with 1 1/2 baths, a large king size bedroom, a queen size Murphy bed, full laundry, fully appointed kitchen, living room, dining area, game area, utility room all furnished completely for your stay.

Penny & Jim. US Phone: 321-215-7678. WhatsApp: +507 6948 8255.

See Villa La Rosa Abajo. Give us a call if you want to visit. Our rates depend on time of year, length of stay, etc. We require a 3 night minimum. You will need a rental car as we are on Alto Jaramillo mountain….a 15 minute drive to downtown Boquete.

2,000 sq ft apartment in Alto Jaramillo, Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama


Posted by: pennyinparadise | December 9, 2020

Return to Panama from Mexico

In January of 2020 Jim and I decided to return to Boquete, Panama from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where we lived for over 2 years.  We decided to return to Boquete to complete construction of a 2,000 sq ft apartment downstairs.   Of course, we just got started when the LockDown occurred and we could not get more materials.  Here is a video of our return.

When we returned to Villa La Rosa and we were immediately put into LockDown for the Coronavirus.   Panama’s president reacted to the virus in early March by shutting down ALL businesses except grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and gas stations.   The road into/out of Boquete has a checkpoint with police who spray down the vehicle with antiviral and take your temperature before letting you enter Boquete.   Women are given Monday, Wednesday and Friday to shop at those 4 places sometime between 11 and 1.  Men are allowed out at the same time on Tuesday and Thursday.   Saturday and Sunday everything is closed and no one is allowed out of their houses.    Our mayor really wants zero cases before he considers it safe for us to go out.  This lockdown lasted for almost 4 months, when finally we were permitted out of our homes from 5 am to 7 pm, and hardware and auto repair businesses opened.

As of this writing, which is December 10, 2020 we are still in partial quarantine, but restaurants are open at 25%.   We still are mandated to wear masks and maintain social distancing.   Temps are taken at entrances to businesses and feet and hands disinfected.   Here in Chiriqui in western Panama we are pretty low in rt numbers, but the city has higher numbers and may be locked down for the holidays.  Liquor sales will be limited also.

Wanda and Kevin will be coming down for my birthday, which happens to be the date for the Presidential Inauguration….that should be interesting.

Penny & Jim

Posted by: pennyinparadise | December 9, 2020

After the Pandemic

Jim and I were locked down in Panama for 8 months. We are finally reopening some restaurants, but with masks and social distancing mandatory by law. We took advantage of the “time off” from our normal world to reflect on our lives in Panama. I’ve been here 16 years now and am a Citizen of Panama, complete with passport. Jim joined me here 7 years ago. We enjoyed living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a couple of years but, as always, returned to Boquete.

So….here’s a video interview of us done by Panama Location Tours of our thoughts and comments.

We have finished construction of a 2,000 sq ft apartment downstairs, and furnished it beautifully. It will be available for short term Airbnb rental. Check it out at

So come down and visit…

Penny & Jim

Posted by: pennyinparadise | January 4, 2020

European Trip

In late September Jim and I flew to Ireland for a week on the Emerald Isle.   FABULOUS.   Jim has been trying to get me to Ireland for years.   I resisted and now sorry I did.   I can’t wait to go back this summer and see even more of this amazing country.   Here’s some videos on our trip (click on the blue links for each video.


After Ireland we flew to Rome, Italy to board Holland America’s newest ship, the Nieuw Statendam.   Our spiritual teacher, Dr. Joe Dispenza, hosted 800 people on this ship where we attended 10 workshops with Dr. Joe and made several shore excursions.   Monte Carlo and Florence were scratched from the shore excursions due to high seas, but instead we stopped at the Island of Corsica.   Corsica has been owned by both France and Italy throughout history, and is now French.   Napoleon Bonaparte was born here and you’ll see his home in this iMovie.


We loved Corsica and have decided to spend 2-3 months there and on to Ireland for another 2-3 months.   We’re leaving San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where we have been for the last 2 years.   We’re ready for a new adventure and learning a new language.  They speak both French and Italian on Corsica, but not much English.   First, we’re going to our home in Boquete, Panama (which is on the market) to finish a construction project downstairs at the house.  We’ll be there for a couple of months before heading off the Europe for 4-5 months.  We’ve rented our second home in Boquete, to a wonderful single woman, and we have a live-in caretaker in the big house….so we’re free to go to Corsica.

Stay tuned…..more to come

Posted by: pennyinparadise | December 25, 2018

Mexico Update with iMovies

I’m just loving making iMovies….they make my blog posts so much more interesting than those old still photo galleries.   The first 3 below are new posts and those that follow have been here for a while.   Just click on each link to view the iMovie.

I’ll be making more, especially when we go to Ireland in late September, 2019.   After years of asking me to share his love of the Emerald Isle, I look forward to it.    From there we will fly on to Rome where we will board Holland America’s newest ship for a 10 day Mediterranean cruise with our spiritual teacher, Dr. Joe Dispenza.   The ship will visit Gibraltar, Cartegena, Sevilla, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Marseilles and Florence before returning to Rome.   There will be lots of movies to share about this trip, to be sure.  In the meantime, enjoy the links below.


We’re living large in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

We turned 76!! – a look back as we move well into our third quarter of a century!!

Golf in Mexicoa view of a few of the courses we’ve visited

Music in Mexico – a sampling of the incredible music we have enjoyed in San Miguel

Mini-Vacations in Mexicoclips showing different places we’ve visited so far, here in Mexico





Becky The Boston Terrier – clips of Becky from her puppyhood to her new life in Mexico.


Also, I’ve made movies about our houses in Panama.





Villa La Rosa – our primary residence in Boquete, Panama, which is now ready to receive its new owner





Villa Escondidoa villa I built for my mom in Boquete, with a caregiver apartment below.   Unfortunately, mom passed away 2 weeks before we could move her here, so now it is a rental unit.

I hope you enjoy these…..and will visit the blog and share it with others.   Have a happy holiday for 2019 and please keep in touch.   We love to hear from you all.

Penny Ripple & Jim Wasson

Vagabonds at Heart





Posted by: pennyinparadise | September 1, 2018

I’m Making Movies!!

WOW…I’ve learned how to make iMovies on my computer.    Here are my 2 first efforts.

Our home in Boquete

Our rental villa in Boquete


Posted by: pennyinparadise | September 1, 2018

Life in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I cannot find words to express our joy in being here in SMA (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).   It is totally different from Panama in many ways.   First of all, it is desert, not rainforest.   Second of all it is higher elevation (6,600 ft compared to 4,500 ft).   And it is charming, charming, charming…with tons of cultural activities, art, music and Mexico is filled with different and exciting places to visit.

I know….I know.   You are all saying MEXICO!!!   How can you live in Mexico where all the cartels and crime are?   Well, we’re not in the drug business so we aren’t part of the crime of cartels.   We exercise the same caution we used when living in Panama and in the 9 months since moving here, we have had no experience with crime.   On the contrary, we feel very safe and know the people here to be kind, courteous and easy going.   As a matter of fact, I feel much more unsafe when I visit the USA than I do in Latin America.  It was the same in Panama and Ecuador when I lived there.  Every time I tune in to American TV news (which I avoid whenever possible) I am appalled at the shootings in schools, parks and buildings there.   So when people ask “Are you safe there?” I just have to laugh.

I’ve also learned a new technology called iMovie, which will provide a more convenient way for you to see our photos….so here goes….

I haven’t had a chance to capture photos of all the art galleries, music concerts and restaurants here..I’ll do that soon so stay tuned!

Posted by: pennyinparadise | April 2, 2018

Hospital Visit in Mexico

One of the first thing people have asked me when I moved to Panama, Ecuador and now Mexico, is….”Are you SAFE there?”.   My answer is always the same….”Are you SAFE there?“.

The second thing people ask is “What is the medical care like” and in Panama and Ecuador I could easily answer….”well, it’s adequate but not great”.    Now, in Mexico, I can actually say “It’s EXCELLENT”.    I  have now spent 5 days in the new (opened in August 2017) hospital MAC in San Miguel, just 4 blocks from my house.  Seems my colon has developed some lesions and this caused me to be admitted into the emergency room.   Luckily, I was able to get health insurance just 12 days before I turned 75, when I would no longer be eligible.  And, luckily, the doctor I’ve found here just happens to be the Medical Director of this new hospital.

Clean, modern, efficient….and excellent.  I had the full monte….xrays, CT Scan, Endoscopy and Colonoscopy.   All excellent.  The ambulance is operated by Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) Mexico and is FREE!!   The doctors and nurses were wonderful.   I am really, really happy to have had this experience.

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Fun things are always happening.  A huge 2 week flower show in one of the parks offers lots of plants.   Music shows abound….of all types.   And people here love their dogs…’s a little guy riding on his owner’s motor bike.

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I’ve joined the country club and was just beginning to play with some women when I ended up in the hospital.  I’ll get back on the course this coming week.

Golf Friends

I’m having Mani/Pedi appointments and this little lady sat next to me this week.  She was very experienced in this and picked out a beautiful pink polish.

This little girl was very, very accustomed to having her nails done

Posted by: pennyinparadise | March 10, 2018

We’re Moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

After we vacationed in several Mexico places, we fell in love with San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which is 4 hours north of Mexico City in the high central desert of the Sierra Madre mountains, 6,600 feet above sea level.   It’s dry, which is a big change from the rain forest of Panama.

As you may know, every 5 years or so I get the urge to move to a new place.   In 2008 it was to Cuenca, Ecuador.  18 months later I returned to Boquete.   So, I’ve rented a house here in San Miguel de Allende (SMA for short).   I’ve had to construct a fireplace and 2 split heat/air units to handle the cold in winter and heat of summer.  I’ve also added water treatment, electric garage doors, gardener bodega, washer/dryer and done lots and lots of fixes to plumbing and electrical.   I know that’s not a good idea, but I can’t help but make myself comfortable.

Jim is working on some finishes in our Boquete house, preparing it for sale.  He joined me here in late February for his birthday, then on to the US for business, and back to Panama to continue work on our house.   When he is finished the project he will return to San Miguel, where we will stay through November.  We will have had a full  year’s experience by then, and will decide whether to split our time 1/2 Panama and 1/2 Mexico, or choose one or the other full time.

Becky the Boston Terrier came with me…we survived the cold weather and are now (in mid-March) enjoying the warm.

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A few days after I arrived I celebrated my 75th birthday.   As someone said “If I’d known I would live this long I’d taken better care of myself”.   But this special day was full of surprises.

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My cousin Joy, who moved to Panama 6 years ago, came with me when I moved.  She fell in love with SMA too, and bought a cute condo on a beautiful garden with a river at the bottom.   After trips to see her family in SFO and a trip to Spain with her best friend from childhood, Donna, she will return to SMA to close on and occupy her new condo.  We had a big BOOM the other day, and the whole house shook…turns out a condo under construction across the river from Joy’s condo, had a gas explosion.

Gas explosion across the river from Joy’s new condo in San Miguel

Our wonderful driver Roman is a fabulous guy.  He’s a professional baseball player in northern Mexico, and returns to San Miguel (SMA for short) in off season.  He helped me renovate the house by handling all the subcontractors for me, he took me to buy my car, get my driver’s license, etc. etc. etc.   In return, Jim gave him golf lessons.   Here are some Roman shots:

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There are many things I love about SMA, not the least of which is the FOOD!!  There’s a nearby fabulous upscale mall with great restaurants in it, including PF Chang’s.

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Not only is the food (and ambiance and service) in restaurants a joy here, but there’s music everywhere all the time.

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So….we look forward to posting lots of news in the future, as life develops here in SMA!

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