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Forum: Off-Topic September 14th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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Posted By Big Mike
No concern about real estate appreciation while...

No concern about real estate appreciation while you are deciding?

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic August 16th, 2013, 09:15 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Guys, I have created a separate thread to...

Guys,

I have created a separate thread to discuss my specific journey. You can find it here:

https://futures.io/off-topic/28410-big-mike-ecuador.html

This thread will remain open for anyone...
Forum: Off-Topic August 15th, 2013, 09:40 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
I highly recommend Ecuador :becky: 65-80...

I highly recommend Ecuador :becky:

65-80 degrees F most days, 90% of the year, little to no rain, and always a constant breeze.

There are actually many micro climates in Ecuador. I experienced...
Forum: Off-Topic August 15th, 2013, 08:45 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Thank you. Hard to believe it's two years...

Thank you.

Hard to believe it's two years since I started this thread, and of course this dream has lived in me much longer than that. I will meet my goal to retire before 40 (turn 36 next...
Forum: Off-Topic August 14th, 2013, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Yes I also found a Yahoo Group that has a lot of...

Yes I also found a Yahoo Group that has a lot of gringo/expat members with great info and can answer questions timely. While I was in Ecuador I also got almost all questions answered about visa's,...
Forum: Off-Topic August 14th, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Yes, I met Richard in Manta and watched this...

Yes, I met Richard in Manta and watched this episode before my trip. His son is no longer in Ecuador, moved back to States with his fiancee.

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic August 13th, 2013, 09:31 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador. ...

I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador. I visited Quito, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Playas, Guayaquil and many, many surrounding areas.

In coming days I'll post some of the pics and...
Forum: Off-Topic July 26th, 2013, 06:39 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Anyone here live in Manta Ecuador? Mike

Anyone here live in Manta Ecuador?

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic July 4th, 2013, 11:19 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Thank you for that. That is discouraging and is...

Thank you for that. That is discouraging and is much worse than what I had read. One reason I had shied away from Boquete Panama was because of all the guns everywhere, armed military at shopping...
Forum: Off-Topic July 4th, 2013, 10:57 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
Can you go into a bit more detail as to why you...

Can you go into a bit more detail as to why you rate it "low overall from a living standpoint" ?

Are you an expat?

Can I ask, are you a gringo? :becky: I am just trying to find gringo expats...
Forum: Off-Topic July 4th, 2013, 10:20 PM
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Posted By Big Mike
I am taking another look at Buzios Brazil. ...

I am taking another look at Buzios Brazil. Anyone from there?

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic October 14th, 2012, 03:41 AM
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Posted By Big Mike
I know I'm hung up on Boquete but I like it...

I know I'm hung up on Boquete but I like it :becky:

This guy has some good information in his videos, so I keep finding more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxQGerZnB7g&feature=relmfu
...
Forum: Off-Topic October 14th, 2012, 03:13 AM
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Posted By Big Mike
50% off entertainment including movies,...

50% off entertainment including movies, concerts, theater etc. (a regular movie ticket costs $4 - the retiree price is $2.)
25% off restaurants
50% off hotel accommodations from...
Forum: Off-Topic October 14th, 2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 338
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Posted By Big Mike
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detail...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JzAOL7uTzQ8

Guy says don't need to speak any spanish in Boquete, interesting. Also pretty cool on the discounts for retirees. I need to...
Forum: Off-Topic October 13th, 2012, 03:28 AM
Replies: 338
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Posted By Big Mike
Some basic info on Internet speeds and...

Some basic info on Internet speeds and availability in Boquete Panama

Boquete Internet Service Providers | Panama Broadband Internet Connection Access...
Forum: Off-Topic October 13th, 2012, 03:25 AM
Replies: 338
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Posted By Big Mike
Purchased this book, will comment later after I...

Purchased this book, will comment later after I have a chance to read it.

Escape To Paradise: Living & Retiring In Panama: Richard Detrich: 9781453851449: Amazon.com: Books...
Forum: Off-Topic October 12th, 2012, 12:34 AM
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Posted By Big Mike
Just googled and found some, will look at this...

Just googled and found some, will look at this later:

Expat: Boquete,, Panama forum. Panama expat info (http://board.panamatotal.com/Expat/Boquete)

Living In Boquete, Panama: A Day In Boquete ~...
Forum: Off-Topic October 12th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
Yes I thought so too, I will dig for more of...

Yes I thought so too, I will dig for more of these later.

Lots of gringos and expats speaking English it seems :) Much more than I thought. But I still think that it is relatively...
Forum: Off-Topic October 11th, 2012, 04:02 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
More info on Boquete Panama ...

More info on Boquete Panama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpGgZHa0dqA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zy72vF763D8


Mike
Forum: Off-Topic October 10th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 338
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Posted By Big Mike
Hi Randy, Yes, absolutely reliable internet...

Hi Randy,

Yes, absolutely reliable internet is a requirement.

I was thinking that Boquete Panama would still have reliable internet. I am waiting to hear back from some realtors in the area,...
Forum: Off-Topic October 9th, 2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
How much rain does Bocas see? One concern I have...

How much rain does Bocas see? One concern I have with Panama region is rainfall, a long wet season (April - November) described as "daily rains". I am not sure if that means it rains for 5 minutes...
Forum: Off-Topic October 9th, 2012, 12:20 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
Hey Chris, beautiful flickr pics there. Are you...

Hey Chris, beautiful flickr pics there. Are you in 'bama right now or Bocas? You maintain it as a 'summer home' (or 'winter home')?

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic October 9th, 2012, 08:09 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
Panama Canal expansion project - Wikipedia, the...

Panama Canal expansion project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal_expansion_project)

Expansion Program - PanCanal.com...
Forum: Off-Topic October 9th, 2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
Xav1029, why Miama instead of Panama? Desire to...

Xav1029, why Miama instead of Panama? Desire to return to Panama? Goal?

Mike
Forum: Off-Topic October 9th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 51,239
Posted By Big Mike
Yup, still exists based on what I researched...

Yup, still exists based on what I researched :becky:

Mike
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