Monthly Archives: September 2015

Historic photos are always fun!

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Historic photos are always so much fun! when you know the area, they are always interesting. These I bumped into the office of a friend who said that clients loved them. I was surprised by the beauty of the balconies of the buildings towards Plaza 5 de Mayo. If you notice, they are very much like the ones in Colón, where the arches extended over the sidewalk, offering shade and protection from the rain. So needed in this tropical environment. Apparently, a number of these buildings used to be this way, but they were cut … Continue reading

Bank Financing in Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo This week, an interesting article came out in the newspaper about how banks are tightening up procedures to avoid money laundrying. This is a tendency everywhere, Panama is no exception.  I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind everyone about the basics of how to apply for financing in Panama. If you are travelling and thinking seriously to buy, it is worth while bringing these documents with you, so you can make the best out of your trip. It will serve you well with banks, lawyers and realtors, as they all have the … Continue reading

Fresh Fish at your Doorstep: Hope Seafood

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo For my birthday, I got a fantastic gift: a certificate for Hope Seafood, run by our neighbor Juan Acevedo.  Fresh from his fisherman friends, Juan brings it to my door and it is fantastic.  You can just chat him and he´ll respond right away.  I ate the best tuna ever! With a bit of salt and olive oil! He´ll do subscriptions as well, if you want “x” amount of dollars/ pounds of fresh fish a week, he´ll keep your supply coming.! Here is his contact info: Best: call him or WhatsApp him at: 6252-3869 Email: … Continue reading

Ocean to Table Dinner: the Maramesa Challenge is here!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo What is the Maramesa Challenge? On September 26th, three chefs and two graduates from the Esperanza Program will go out fishing and cook together an amazing, super fresh, ocean to table dinner.  This event will fundraise for Esperanza, which helps young men in Casco Viejo create their own businesses. When is the event? September 26th Where? at Maito Restaurant Donation: $200 (dinner and drinks included) Chefs: Mario Castrellón (Panama), Manuel Núñez (Spain) and Pablo Pérez del Pulgar (from Spain) What is Esperanza? it is a social reintegration program that tackles at risk youth by giving … Continue reading

PRISMA Dance Festival 2015

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo This year, the PRISMA dance festival will be from Oct 13th to 19th. Unfortunately, we won´t have the National Theater working, as it is closed for repairs. But the Anita Villalaz will host several performances, and at most of the nights they´ll have talks after the presentation. Groups this year will include: Colectivo CLA (Costa Rica), Collective 605 (Canada), Cuenca Lauro (Germany, Italy, Colombia), Periferia (Colombia), Los Innato (Costa Rica), Hur y Can (Spain), Dinamo Danza (Spain) Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), Shin Eun-Ju Dance Company (South Korea) and Cie Burnout (France). From Panama: Milvia Martínez and … Continue reading

Amazing Oceans at Your Reach

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo We went to Iceland a while ago, and thought was how incredibly beautiful the Blue Lagoon was. Every photo and add showed it exactly the way it was.  This is how I feel about Pearl Islands, it is every bit of amazing as you see it in the video posted below. Now, with Casco Charters, this experience is only 45 minutes away from you. You can take a trip on their Maramesa from Flamigo, or straight out from Casco Viejo if you book the smaller boat and go to Taboga (this takes only 20 minutes).  … Continue reading

Entrepreneurs For Development

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo On September 19th, from 12 to 8 p.m., a special event will be held at the Arco Chato, Casco Viejo: it is an Entrepreneurs Festival. Organized by several organizations including SENACYT, Cambio Creativo, Voces Vitales and others, this event looks to provide with a space of interaction and connection among entrepreneurs, and an inspiration point for to be entrepreneurs. If you want to learn more about the festival, check out their website HERE.