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). Fishing, whale watching, island hoping, you name it!
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.
Panamá, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Last weekend was also the official inauguration of Banistmo in Plaza Herrera. What an event! Aside from the concert, what we loved was how they really took the effort to reach out to ngo´s and make them part of the event. Dances where presented from children at Aprojusan and the Enlaces program at Calicanto. Food included the boys from the Fortaleza tour of the Esperanza program. Young rapper Jacobo, the son of Nico from La Vecindad had the chance to share stage with one of the oldest reggueton singers in Panama (Nando Boom), back when the genre was being invented. They have also open their doors to internships, one of Aprojusan´s young graduates is already working with them. And they even recycled! which was very much appreciated!
Sunday morning we woke up and we couldn´t believe the weekend we just had. What a historic moment for Panama! international music stars, legends like Wayne Shorter in our own backyard, playing amazing music, having fun. From the Danilo Perez Jazz Club special night with Wayne Shorter, to the Percussion Festival at the Anita Villalaz with musicians such as Danni Clovis and Jimmie Morales. We enjoyed every single moment, and everyone stood up to the challenge. Still speechless for local new young talent coming out of the Danilo Perez Foundation: Richard Santamaría. What a kid… remember that name!
But the absolute best was to see them all together, when Danilo took the piano for a last jamming with everyone. The stage was on fire!
We always celebrate new retail coming to Casco, but specially if it is retail with a strong social tie. This is the case of TOMS, a store that is known around the world for giving one on one, meaning that each shoe that you buy, represents a shoe for a child in need, and that every pair of eyewear you buy, they invest in eye health for someone that needs it.
They are located at Hotel Colombia, next to Casablanca, at Plaza Bolivar. They´ll open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. , so there is no excuse not to pass by! Welcome guys!
Las Clementinas has renewed its entire menu. It is now more bistro, with dishes around $9. We tried them on Friday (along with a bunch of cocktails) and they were really good. Here are some photos, but nothing compared to the ones they posted at their Facebook Page. Wao!
A number of years, Arco surveyed among the neighbors what type of businesses they needed the most. Among them were: a pharmacy, a grocery store, a bank. Step by step, we´ve been bringing them to the neighborhood. Not always an easy task! That is why we would like to celebrate today another historic landmark: Casco´s first bank in San Felipe. I don´t think the town had one since the 70´s.
Banistmo opened this week at Casa Lewis, Plaza Herrera, corner of 9th and A Avenue. They´ll be open from Monday to Friday (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon.). More info at their Facebook Page HERE
A beautiful initiative by La Prensa and Balboa Bank: they are publishing on Sundays really nice infographics about Casco Viejo Churches. La Prensa´s website is also featuring a special page with information and videos.
Walking is something most of us take for granted. We walk from point A to B without giving much thought. But this experience hits us, the way vitamins do: you just don´t notice them, until you are out of them and get a really bad flu. When done with full awareness, you start connecting your feelings to your thoughts on why you feel the way you do when you are in places you like and places you don´t. It hits you when places get destroyed. It lifts you when places feel “right”, and somehow “thoughtful”. For the latest one, yes, probably there was a lot of thought put in them, the kind that is generated by an activity like Jane´s Walk.
So, what is it? in short is a walk with awareness of your space. Probably you´ll have someone that is an urbanist with you, as a guide on what to see, the historic contexts, so that the group analyzes by being phisically there what makes a place special, livable, great… or not.
In Panama, this simple, but yet powerful way to get a conversation started about our cities is picking up. Today, a full article was featured in La Prensa on the young architect that is organizing them for the Municipio. The article is obvioulsy about what, how, where and who, but what gets us excited is that it is happening. After so many years in Casco planting the seed for walking districts, finally, the plant has started to root and sprout.
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