Macro Fest 2016

This past weekend(March 14-20) Panama celebrated its 8th annual Macro Fest.  This is an event in which fashion, art, and creativity are spotlighted.  There are many free workshops, art expositions, concerts and fashion shows to please the public.

Summer Is Here!

It is “summer” again here in Panama.  Summer is the dry season and people here in Panama take advantage of this time of the year to spend more time doing outdoor activities.  One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to walk around Casco Viejo and try to capture a little of its beauty and charm with my camera. These were taken near Plaza de Francia at the Paseo de las Bovedas.

Fiddler

I love music and I love street musicians.  This fiddler was standing on the corner close to the French Embassy. Of course, I had to stop to listen to his repertoire and snap a photo or two.   

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 love to spend these lazy summer days strolling through the streets of Casco Viejo.  For those of you buried under feet of snow, here are a few photos to warm you up.  

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.  

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 this tradition or visit the restaurant which offers traditional food and entertainment.

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 to take a walk on the Paseo de Las Bovedas where you can enjoy a song or two by one of Panama’s most famous street musicians, Jorge. (AKA Guantanamera) 

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 of the traditional dance, “El Punto”. http://amble.com/ambler/2011/11/panamanians-party-all-november-long/

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.