IMG_6926-300x225 Introducing Latitude Adjustment, Version 2.0 The Expat Life
In Havana last December

Exactly two years ago, we launched our blog with only a month and a half to go before moving ourselves and our fur kids lock, stock, and barrel to Panama. In preparing for this post, I looked back over some of our earliest entries — and got to relive the excitement, uncertainty, and anticipation all over again as we sold our house and belongings in Long Beach, Calif. and figured out the details of getting our dogs here safe and sound.

It hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, but the move has exceeded all of our expectations. We’ve made wonderful friends and found a comfortable home in Boquete, Panama. And already we’ve had more adventures – both locally and through our travels to South America, Cuba, and Costa Rica – than we ever could have imagined.

Now it’s time for this blog to grow up a bit. Over the last year, as we’ve done more traveling, we’ve begun to see possibilities beyond a simple chronicle of our day-to-day lives here in Panama. We’re not sure we’re headed with this, but we want to create a foundation for a blog that could someday become a full-blown travel resource with a much broader readership. To that end, we’ve moved the blog off and to a new host, and we’ve adopted a fresh new look and feel with much more flexibility to add different kinds of content.

So . . . welcome to the new and improved Latitude Adjustment, and please, tell us what you think! We still have some tweaking to do, so we welcome any and all ideas and suggestions.

Happy travels!
– John and Susan


  1. I really like the header image. Are those colors, lines and curves Panamanian traditional motifs?

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Hi Bama – yes, the image is of a mola, the traditional craft of Panama’s Kuna indigenous people. It’s a very intricate reverse applique with tiny stitches.

  2. captmike1946 Reply

    Looking forward to more adventures and hopefully a visit from us as we now have a nephew who just moved to Costa Rica.

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      That would be fantastic! We’d love to see you both 🙂

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Thanks! One of the biggest problems we had before was finding things according to a specific topic. This makes it so much easier.

  3. Ray Miller Reply

    Subscribed to your NEW blog site and I get a message: You have opted OUT of Suscription Emails. ???

    • John and Susan Pazera Reply

      Hmm, no clue. Let me investigate that. We’ve been having some problems with folks who can’t access the new site. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  4. We get it just fine, great site! Nice and clean, uncluttered, with a great contrast white/pictures etc. It works well. Maybe a ‘find’ function for past posts? Keep ’em coming. Congrats.

  5. I received your post as usual and love your new look. How fun to see the traditional Kuna embroidery featured as your header as we loved their intricate work and use of colors and still use some of the little bags we picked up as organizers when we travel. From time to time it’s fun to look back in this new phase of our lives as expats and see where we started. And I have to agree with you as the expating adventure has greatly exceeded our expectations too! Anita

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