Street Vendors

Street vendors are a very common sight in Panama.  You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, candy, soft drinks, food, ice cream, hats, or just about anything your heart desires without ever entering into a building.  If you are driving around in your car, you don’t even have to get out of your car to […]

Festival Abierto

Festival Abierto is a activity that is held every year in Parque Omar.  It was created to promote awareness of our fragile environment and how we have an impact on our surroundings. We all have the power to initiate actions that can generate great changes in our society. Many local and international artists worked to […]

Placid Afternoon

The perfect way to spend a placid afternoon is strolling through the lovely streets of Csco Viejo.  I can’t think of a better way to spend the day.

Spanish Cultural Center

The Spanish Cultural Center is located in Casco Viejo in the Casa del Soldado. The center was inaugurated by the Prince of Asturias and opened to the public on November 14, 2013. It is currently showing the work of Anton Lazamares. Entrance is free and definitely worth a visit. http://www.thevisitorpanama.com/2013/12/a-cultural-spanish-center-in-casco-antiguo/    

San Lorenzo

The fort of San Lorenzo in the province of Colon was built in the late 16th century by the Spanish.  It is located at the northwestern entrance to the Panama Canal. If you are a history buff this is definitely a place you should put on your “to do” list while you are visiting Panama. […]

Lazy Summer Days

It’s summer here in Panama.  I know that’s hard for those who live up North to believe.  While most people in cold climates are bundled up in wool coats and thermal underwear, we are strolling around in our shorts and t-shirts searching for a bit of shade to shield us from the glaring sun.  I […]

Bagpipes in Panama?

This is a first for me! I was taking a leisurely stroll along the Cinta Costera when I came across this young bagpipe player elegantly dressed in his kilt.  From the look on the face of the passerbys, I was not the only one who was taken by surprise. 

George (AKA Guantanamera)

George, my favorite street musician, has turned his banjo in for a ukulele.  He explained that his banjo suffered irreparable damage so he decided to try something new.  Here he is tuning up, getting ready to please the crowd with his usual repertoire of songs.  

Colorful Kuna

I have always admired the colorful attire that the Kuna women wear.  They wear wrap around skirts and hand made molas.  The mola is an intricately sewn cloth made from many layers of fabric. Their legs and arms are wrapped in handcrafted beads of many colors creating different geometric designs. http://public.cwp.net.pa/~bowerman/page3.html  

Diablicos Sucios

Diablicos sucios are part of Panama’s folklore.  They represent the fight between good and evil in the traditional Panamanian dances. This particular diablico can be found adorning the outside of a local restaurant in Casco Viejo that goes by the same name.  Click on the links below if you would like to read more about […]

Summer Stroll

Summer has come with a vengeance and days are hot and sunny.  A great way to spend the day is strolling through the Casco Viejo.  Take in the light hearted, bohemian ambiance, visit a couple of museums, stop off at one of the restaurants for a cool drink or a bit to eat. Don’t forget […]

Sunday: A Time for Family

I grew up in the Deep South and there I was taught that Sundays are to be set aside to spend time with the family. I am glad to see that many people still consider family time a priority.  Take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life to relax and chat with […]

Jane Goodall Goes Wild in Panama!

Jane Goodall, considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, hosted an intimate conversation with students in Panama.  The famous primatologist answered questions about the conservation of flora and fauna, sharing her wealth of experience with her young audience.  https://www.facebook.com/ConcursoGoWildPanama

November: A Month of Celebration!

Panamanians are happy people who enjoy life.  This joy for life and love for celebration can be witnessed in the verve and zest with which they celebrate their patriotism in the month of November.  Check out the link below to see what days are celebrated and why.  I leave you with a couple of photos […]

November 5th: Colón Day

November 5th is the day Panama celebrates the valor and courage the people of the province of Colón showed in the fight to separate from Colombia.  I pay tribute to this province with these pictures of the traditional Congo dance and the attire used by the residents of Colon. 

Flag Day

November 4th is the day we celebrate the Panamanian Flag as the symbol of this lovely paradise. This beautiful flag flies majestically from Ancon Hill, declaring Panama’s independence and sovereignty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancon_Hill

Panama Celebrates!!!

On November 3, 1903, Panama separated from Colombia and became an independent country.  Today the country puts on its best traditional attire and takes to the street to commemorate this historic event.  Viva Panama!!!!

Tri-Color

The entire month of November you will see the country dressed in the three colors that represent it: red, white and blue.  I especially enjoyed seeing the flag placed all over the area of Clayton, in the City of Knowledge.  This area was once part of the U.S. controlled Panama Canal Zone, an area which […]

A Dying Breed

These colorful buses, known as Diablos Rojos, are a dying breed. Diablo rojos (Red Devils in English) are old school buses converted into city buses. Each one boasts its own unique, custom paint job with bright, usually red, colored murals on the outside. This culturally identifiable trademark is soon to be a thing of the past. They have been […]

Panama’s Jewish Community

Panama is known for having a rich blend of people from many countries, religions and backgrounds. According to the World Jewish Congress there are now about 10,000 Jews living in Panama. The majority of Jews living in Panama are traditional in their practices therefore keep kosher and observe Shabbat. This synagogue, located in Bella Vista, is one of the […]