About Panamajama

I moved to Panama from Scotland with my husband and three children in 2010. An irresistible opportunity came up for us to move here, so how could we say no?

While we were in Scotland preparing to move out here, my daughter started calling her pyjamas ‘Panamajamas’ – so that is where I got the name for my blog!

I am also a freelance French to English Scientific Translator at Translations with Chemistry and erstwhile travel writer for Mondo Explorer.

I hope you enjoy looking at my pics and reading about Panama – I do get a lot of requests for information about schools, where to live etc., which is not what my fluffy site is about. If you require concrete information, please check out the El Visitante/The Visitor or International Living websites or the  Expat Focus forum.

Thanks for visiting!

47 thoughts on “About Panamajama

  1. Love to read about anything Panama & just today discovered your blog. I am looking forward to your thoughts on your new home. Husband and I made a trip to Panama last year to check it out – very exciting and amazing scenery. Looking forward to more posts.

  2. Hi Paula! Thanks for the positive feedback! Panama is the most amazing place I have ever been to and first impressions are that it is a fantastic place to live as well. Are you planning on moving out here yourselves?

  3. Hey there. I was surfing through linkreferral and found your blog. And while I am never impressed with stuff I find from Linkreferral, I particularly liked this blog. Especially the article about the tail whip scorpion. If you’re in for a particularly awesome scene, there is a Man Vs. Wild where he eats one of those things! Yeah, he was exploring a cave somewhere in South America and came across one of those beastly looking creatures. And of course he ate it. You may know of Bear Grylls from Man Vs. Wild on the discovery channel. If not, I recommend you look out for a video of him on Youtube. I believe you would particularly like him. Anyway, I enjoy your blog and thought I would mention the story about the Tail Whip Spider.

  4. Hi,
    I’m enjoying your blog. My husband and I moved from America to London almost four years ago and have since had a baby (18 months) and another one on the way due in November. Deciding to move to London from America was easy, but now we have the opportunity to move from London to Panama through my husband’s job and I would love to hear more about how you are enjoying it as an ex-pat wife with children. Have you met lots of other ex-pats and do you feel like there is a pretty supportive ex-pat community there? Do you speak Spanish (we don’t, but will take lessons and try to learn as much as we can)? I grew up in Louisiana, where there are enormous cockroaches, but I have to admit that getting used to giant bugs again after living in London will be an adjustment!

  5. Also, my husband works really long hours so I will be doing a lot of stuff on my own with the kids when we move. In London I have a great network of other moms with babies and I’m wondering how hard it has been for you in Panama to meet other moms with kids. Thanks!

  6. hi, we are looking at moving to panama, and are coming to check it out for Christmas. Would love any helpful tidbits.
    smiles, L

  7. Hello,

    I’m a casting assistant on an American TV show called “House Hunters International.” We are currently casting episodes of our program in Panama and would like you to participate in our show!

    Our show follows house hunters through their search for a home in countries around the world. Participating in our show is a lot of fun and a great way to document your exciting search for a home and new life abroad. In addition, you will receive compensation for your time and efforts. Contributors should be fluent in English, between the ages of 25-50, with fun and energetic personalities.

    If you are interested in participating with our show or learning more, please contact househunterscasting@leopardfilms.com. Have a wonderful day!

  8. Hello….just came across your blog and I’m looking forward to hearing your stories and your perspective on living in Panama. I moved to Panama about a year and a half ago from Southern California. I’m currently living in a town about 40 miles outside Panama City called La Chorrera. I am absolutely loving Panama more and more everyday, and I know you will too! Are you living in Panama City?

  9. Hi Barbara, glad you´re enjoying living here in Panama too! I haven´t been to La Chorrera yet, still getting to know Panama City and surrounds. We are just outside Panama City in the ex-American area of Clayton – a nice mixture of schools, play areas, new houses, apartments and jungle!

  10. Hey there –

    Welcome to Panama! I’m sure life here is so different from what you were accustomed to in Scotland. My friends and I moved to Panama City/Bocas del Toro six years ago – it was quite the transition. Anyways, we just launched a new business here in Panama (www.ofertasimple.com) which allows one to discover the best things to eat, see, and do in Panama City at discounts of over 50%. Hopefully it’ll open up your eyes to some new experiences! I’d love any feedback you have to offer on the site (we literally just put the first deal up today and would love any thoughts) Thanks and keep up the awesome postings!

    1. Hi David, thanks for the nice words about my blog. It’s funny, but I had just signed up to your website through facebook! It was about time somebody did this for Panama City, great work. I’ll keep visiting your site and hopefully get some tips on child friendly restaurants/days out etc..

  11. Hi, Thanks for reviewing our Silver People Chronicles blog. I just noticed your review and had to pay Panamajama a visit. You have the right idea and, apparently, the enthusiasm needed to make the transition to life in Panama.

    Good luck to you!

  12. Hi, I found your blog while doing a search on life in Panama. I’ve been offered a job in Panama and was trying to find some info on the country (other than the canals). Your posts are great and the pics are even better.

  13. Hi Jane,
    This is the first time I visit your blog. I like it a lot and love the idea of expats sharing their experience with others.
    I am a freelance writer based in the UK. I am currently writing an article on expat British mums and the challenges of raising children in a foreign country as well as the experience of having kids growing up among different cultures.
    I will interview British mums in various countries and I would like to add your views as well.If you are interested and will be happy to be photographed or supply your own picture if requested, please send me an e-mail :( amira_abozeid@yahoo.com).
    P.S:It will be an e-mail interview.
    Hope to hear from you.

    1. That’s a lovely compliment for my site Fran, thanks so much. I have no problem with you posting links to some of my posts, as long as it is clear they came from the Panamajama site. :)

  14. Hola!

    I love your blog! I’m a Panamanian living abroad and enjoyed seeing my country from your eyes and camera. I used to work near Pedro Miguel locks, and would see numerous ships pass by. Your blog brought back so many memories.

    Thank you!

    1. Hola Analida!

      I’m so pleased to hear you like my blog so much. It really means a lot coming from a Panamanian. As you can tell I love your country a lot!

      I often drive up to Pedro Miguel – it’s a great place to watch the ships up really close. We live pretty near Miraflores.

      Lots of love xx

  15. Hello,
    I am a writer & moderator for BlogExpat and truly enjoy your blog. We are actually starting a new project where we will feature expat interviews and I was hoping you would be interested. It would entail a brief questionnaire with a personal introduction, questions about being an expat, and a picture.

    If you are interested, please let me know and I will send the questionnaire. We are excited about the launch of this series and hope you can be a part of it! In any case, keep up the great work.

    Erin Porter

  16. Love your photos, and this is a beautiful blog. I spent three years in Panama Canal Zone. Got to see some other places, but not many. I found Panama to be a beautiful place. My favorite, all the beautiful tropical plants. It was truly a period and time of my life, I hold dear to my heart. Another favorite, was the weather-no cold-snow-ice !! I loved the all around year of sunshine and warm weather-even during monsoon, with all the rain, after it stopped-everything dried up quickly-the sun would appear.

    1. So glad you like my blog Penny! :) We live in the canal zone at the moment. I love the climate too – a bit of a change from Scotland. The plants are so amazing, aren’t they? My favourite things are the birds and wildlife. X

  17. I would love to visit Panama again one day, as there was so much to see. The tropical plants; I can’t say enough about, they nwere just beautiful. I had a run-in with a three toed sloth-that was really hesterical !! did not like the spiders! when the fires would burn in the hills-they all came running! I for one can be a lunitic-when faced with these eight legged creatures ! :)

  18. Hi Jane, it was great to read your blog, ‘cover to cover’, as we might move from Bath UK to Panama. We are a Dutch family, so we did plunge into an adventure in another culture already three years ago (no no don’t laugh, it IS another culture). Not sure what our chances are to go to Panama city but it is wonderful to get a first impression. It looks amazing. Good photographs, good sense of humor too! If we are given the opportunity, can I contact you for some information about neighbourhoods and schools (we have two girls 10 and 11) and things we need to know? Good luck to you and your family, kind regards, Pam

  19. Hello Jane,

    I am new here in Panama; just moved here last month from the U.S. for my job, and my husband and three children will be joining me in a couple of months. I am very excited about the opportunity for my family and my career. I found your blog to be encouraging as a way to fully embrace life here in Panama. If you have any tips on how to make the transition as easy as possible – especially when it comes to driving in Panama and learning Spanish – I´d love to hear them! Take care,


    1. Hi Camille, I hope you all enjoy your time in Panama as much as we do. It is a very exciting place, especially if you like wildlife. :)
      Tips…although I have been here almost a year now, my Spanish is still pretty poor I’m afraid. Talking to taxi drivers is a pretty good way to get some practice in! Driving in Panama is actually fine, everyone seems to drive huge 4x4s here, but I’m sure it is the same in the US…I guess the roads are a little dangerous and people tend not to signal, so you need to pay attention.
      Love, Jane x

  20. Hi Jane,

    We are potentially moving to Panama City later this year for work, discussions are on going, and we expect to have dates etc finalised in a few weeks. We have three young children aged seven and younger, and are currently based in London. We would be particularly interested to get your views on the schools, as this will, most likely dictate where we chose to live.

    Very much enjoyed stumbling across your blog, and nice to hear of some fellow Scots over that way.



  21. Hiya! Just came across your blog while searching for a beetle I found here in Panama. You have a photo of the exact same type! I’m from England, but both parents are from Scotland and I’ve been staying in Juan Diaz with my Panamanian boyfriend and his family since last year. Don’t you miss Scottish food at all? It’s funny because I came across your blog a while back aswell when I was trying to find out what that temple was for. Well I got my answer thanks and just thought the blog was probably by an American tourist. Hope you are still enjoying it here.


  22. Hello, Jane!

    I came across your lovely blog several nights ago and stayed up until the wee hour, reading and smiling. I am so very glad that you and your family are enjoying life in Panama! I moved there with my parents in 1948. We lived on a sugar plantation in the Interior, near Aguadulce, until 1953, when my parents moved to Santa Clara. I loved growing up in the Interior. Married, we lived in Colon, then in Panama City, then back in Colon. My two older children were born at the Clinica San Fernando. We moved away in 1964 and stopped by to see my parents in 1968, the last time I was there. The photos I see of Panama City are not of the Panama I knew and loved. I hope that the Interior has not changed so dramatically! I prefer my memories of the country I loved so much–the people, the places, the animals and plants, the food, the music…

    I do hope that you and your family will continue to enjoy living in Panama. I’m sure that you, too, will carry many memories of your life there with you. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Gail, Thanks so much for your kind words! You are very lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful country! We passed through Augadulce a few weeks ago on our way to Pedasi, I think it would look a bit different to how you remember. The south of the Azuelo Peninsula is still pretty unspoiled however, with Howler Monkeys everywhere! :) Do you think you will ever come back to Panama?
      Although it has changed a lot since 1968, it is still such a fantastic place. Panama City would be unrecognisable though!
      We love living here, in the midst of all the wildlife, and so near to the tropical rainforests.
      Jane x

  23. Hi Jane, Shiron here, love your blog! Its amazing and I look forward to reading and learning more about Panama. Let us meet soon for a coffee! Regards Shiron

    1. Hi Shiron! Aww, that’s really nice of you to say that, and I’m so glad you like it! (recognize the view?). :) Definitely we need to get together for a coffee soon! Xx

  24. You have a great blog, I have really enjoyed reading through it. I am preparing for my trip to Panama next week and have gotten a few great ideas here. Thanks so much and keep up the great work!

  25. Hi there…. I am currently living near Washington DC and might be moving to Panama. I have 3 children and are looking in the Clayton area. I wanted to see if you we’re happy with the international school your children attended and find out which one it is they attend. Thanks for your blog!

  26. Hi, so glad to have found your blog through another website with your list of things to do with kids while in Panama.
    We are very interested in traveling to Panama with our 9 and 12 year olds this winter. I have done some research and would like to ask you a few questions about places to go and see. Do you mind emailing me directly?
    Thanks so much!

  27. Hello! I love your blog, it’s really giving me an honest idea as to what living in Panama will be like!! I’m currently living and working in Taiwan, I’m a CELTA and TEFL certified teacher. What is the teaching field like for expats there? Would it be difficult to find well paying work? Any advice, or websites you could point to me towards would be so helpful as finding specific info on the web can be difficult. Thanks so much in advance!

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