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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 

Street Fiddler

If you are walking down Via España you will probably run into this older gentleman playing his fiddle.  He is originally from Las Minas in the province of Herrera.  His music and his cheerful  personality are infectious. So if you are in the area drop by and enjoy as he plays a few tunes on […]

A Talented Fiddler

Here is another one of Panama’s talented street musicians. He can play a “mean” fiddle. As he plays, he’ll stand and dance a little jig. He is always impeccably dressed and loves to entertain the crowds with his repertoire of Panamanian folk music.

A Duet

On my most recent excursion to Casco Antiguo with my family, one of my kids took his ukulele with him in hope that he would be able to accompany Mr. Guantanamera in a duet.  When we approached him with the idea he was more than willing to share a moment of his time. Jorge, you […]

Jorge AKA Mr. Guantanamera

The other day I was walking along  Paseo de Las Bovedas in Casco Antiguo and  Mr. Guantanamera was in his usual place plucking away at his banjo and crooning a tune.  I have been a loyal fan of his since the very first day I heard him many years ago.   I have always  wanted […]

Local Talent

When you go to the Casco Antiguo, make sure you pay a visit to Las Bovedas.  As you walk along you are sure to meet up with one of Casco Antiguo’s most famous street musicians.  He is known as Mr. Guantanamera. His voice isn’t the most melodic, but he plays a mean banjo and has […]