Monthly Archives: February 2017

Carnivals in Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Today is “Sábado de carnaval”, everyone is out either at the beach or at one of Panama´s countryside towns to celebrate. Casco gets pretty quiet, but if you walk to Central Avenue, you´ll see everyone buzzing, buying lottery tickets, hats, wigs and food, getting ready for the weekend and the parades.  Salsipuedes also has a traditional sale of school books, as the school calendar starts right after carnivals. We prefer to avoid the big party at Cinta Costera, if you are in Panama city, do explore Central Avenue or head to the beaches, specially Taboga … Continue reading

Panamanian Tales with a Twist: Micro Cinema

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Last night was the second edition of Cine Animal at Temporal, Casco Viejo. The star film of the night was Cucarachita Mandi, a twist on the Panamanian fable “La Cucarachita Mandinga”.  All the films, including Mandi, were based on animation. Temporal also showed what it takes to make it: all the props (which were for sale) and the amazing number of people involved to do it. My favorite voice character was by Jaguar Clandestino, one of the really talented slam poets in Panama.  He raps pretty well too! Congratulations to the Temporal team and to … Continue reading

Stepping Up: Enlaces Student Presents Choreography

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo To dance, is one thing. To create, another.  To direct your own peers takes a special skill. Now try to do all of it, and, by the way, you are barely a teenager. Yesterday, we went to Enlaces dance program, to see the first choreography fully created, directed and danced by the students. Several pieces woven into one concept: what it is to be born in a place/circumstance vs another.  The result was fantastic, in a world where it seems we don´t find the correct words to talk about our difference, these kids found it … Continue reading

Amazing Community Week

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Last Wednesday, young families in Casco gathered at 5th street to inaugurate Casco´s first “baby park”, fully created and implemented by the community. The ngo that made it happen was AVACA, Casco´s neighborhood association.  The event was honored by the presence of the Major and the Director of Historic Patrimony, who have been known for working for a greener and friendlier city.  The park is free and fully open to the public. They also celebrated the third year of Day at the Bay, an initiative to bring awareness to Casco´s beach as a natural resource … Continue reading

Pop up Movie Theatre in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo A mini movie theatre in Casco Viejo!   Arte Nómada and Cine Animal  transformed La Vecindad in a pop up mini cinema. This week, they opened with three short films by Panamanian artists and the place was packed. The films had fashion as a common theme, but they were all very different: from sci fi to abstract. Next week they´ll be doing “Neighborhood Film” night, so keep tuned! More about Arte Nomada click HERE

Caramelized Apples

  The Caramelized Apples, brings me so many memories of my childhood.  I remember seeing them at fairs, at carnivals, it’s like turning the cassette around to see this image.  I was curious to know the origin of this wonderful dessert that made Eve sin and to Snow White fell into the temptation to give a bite and I found  that in 1908 William Kolb produced them in his store in New Jersey and in the ’50s Dan Walker changes a Little the color´s formula to start being called apple with caramel. This sweet enjoyed by generations, part of the … Continue reading