275 maps including a map by Juan de la Cosa back in 1501 (he was the pilot for Christopher Columbus) are being shown at Casa Soldado, Las Bóvedas. Each one with an interesting story behind, weaving the history of the “New World” and Panama. La Estrella article mentioned, for example, that in 1574, Panama became the first “country” in America to have a map of its current territory. And then there are others like the route for “el polvo de oro” (golden dust) and so on. If you love history, you´ll enjoy this exhibit!
Casco´s first chocolate store opened this week! Taste a fully locally grown and made chocolate. Oro Moreno´s cacao comes from Bocas del Toro, in an alliance with Forest Finance, and their blends include rum, coconut, passion fruit and even culantro. Couldn´t resist to take a beautifully packaged box to Arco, and have a hot chocolate myself. Congratulations Oro Moreno!
25 August, CASCOMAR opened. Last night, fifteen Casqueños got together to check out the tapas. Formerly La Rose de los Vientos, the restaurant is tucked away on the corner of Avenida 9 Sur on the back side of Iglesia San Jose and Calle 8. Our tables extended almost half the length of the terrace along the seawall. Martha, the owner, recommended an authentic tortilla espanol and croquetas de jamon iberico ,delicious. Their house white wine is an Albarino from Spain. Before the weekend, some of us will be back for dinner. It was a delightful evening on a quiet back street. Cascomar is open for dinners Tuesday thru Sunday.
With beautiful views of Casco Viejo, Nacion Sushi opened this week at Casa Casco, opposite of the American Trade Hotel. All the classics: salads, sushi rolls, soups and pad thai. We had a great chat with owner Carlos Guevara, who showed us around. You can also call them and they´ll have your order ready to go! Cel 68159786
Casco Yoga has a full month coming! fun events and classes. Check them out, from Maya´s newsletter:
After the amazing turn out and response for Jackie’s Yoga Dance Master Class on August 27th Casco decided to repeat this event on a monthly basis. As Jackie is training for a few weeks in the States in September the next one will be in October.
This Thursday September 1st we are starting our second 14 day Challenge after the success of the first back in June. Looking forward to good vibes on and off the mat! (This is also available for anyone that has packages open, we can freeze these during this time.)
On September 3rd we will do our first RUN-YOGA-BEER Event!
On Saturday September 10th Leah Bess Murray wil be holding a beautiful workshop at the studio (special prices for Challengers).
We are working closely with Leah to organise a Yoga Retreat during the Surf&Yoga Festival in Bocas del Toro. Stay tuned for more information.
In addition, on september 17th we are having another RUN-YOGA-BEER Event ending with a small celebration at the studio for Edwin and Maya’s upcoming wedding.
Please check our website/social media on a regular basis to stay up to date with the current schedule and for information on events. We made a small change regarding classes considering the traffic on Thursdays and Fridays (classes are 30 min later; 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm).
PANAMA GASTRONOMICA, Cuisine and Learning
The VII International Gastronomic Congress is held on 26, 27 and 28 of August in ATLAPA Convention Center, with more than 100 stands with the newest trends on the art of cook.Three casqueños are participating: Andrés Madrigal, José Carles and Pierre De Janon!
We loved the concept of the contest, where each chef competes supporting a cause. Congratulations to Pierre for his choice and lots of luck!
Many don´t realize Santa Ana is part of Casco Viejo. For many year, the Plaza Santa Ana was the political epicenter of the whole town: marches, gatherings, protests and celebrations. Their streets have tons of history and characters, and now you can tour them with the help of an app by LiveWalkPty . It has 12 stories “told” by Chaflán, a local charater. From poetry to the history of buildings, this is an interesting way to learn about our beloved city.
Prisma Dance Festival has sent their 2016 schedule. Time to get your tickets! This year, it will be from October 9th to the 16th. CLICK HERE for their website and full information.
This year, they´ll have dancers from everywhere! Hungary, Germany, Austria, among others. HERE is the full list with all the dance groups, so you can find the one you like the most. Leave you with this video we found on Ferenc Feher:
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