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Panama Revisited

November 03, 2008 By: admin Category: 9-11, Cuenca, La Casona, Portobelo, Safety 1 Comment →

I never did get to write up more about the miraculous Galapagos.  Life got in the way.  These days, I am actually writing for a living and I continue to both pinch myself and thank God on a daily basis that I got so lucky.


Christmas in San Blas; NY’s Eve in Portobelo

January 02, 2007 By: admin Category: Beaches, Customs & Culture, Kunas, Portobelo No Comments →

I have had a couple of holiday traditions since moving to Panama. One has been to ‘play Santa Claus’ for about 1000 kids on 4 islands in San Blas. It is always treacherous and taxing to get there as the weight I take out mandates a trip by other than air. Last year, it was an overloaded canoe over the ocean in 15 foot swells for 7 hours after a bus ride from Hell. This year, we passed over the mountains near Chepo on a dirt road that grew progressively worse as we neared the Atlantic side until we were simply sliding down sideways to seemingly certain death. I repeat, mud is to driving in the tropics what snow and ice are in the US mountains. That was one of the 2 scariest drives of my life. Flying back and looking at that ribbon of a road
that runs along the very peak of the mountains, I knew that if I had seen the realty of the drop offs beside as we slid sideways down the steep grade that I would never have considered going up there to begin with. The old addage is true, ignorance is bliss. (more…)

La Casona

July 01, 2005 By: admin Category: Art & Culture, Casco Viejo, La Casona, Portobelo No Comments →

What a night here in Casco Viejo! La Casona had it’s official opening. Spearheaded by my downstairs neighbor, Blanca Davalos, Ye Ye and Miguel (whom I first met in Portobelo and then ran into here in Casco Viejo yet who’s last name I still don’t remember). The new room is a combination bar, gallery, music venue in a cavernous space that has not been renovated, merely cleaned up. The ambience is incredible! With a large inner open courtyard adorned by an old mural of the Virgin Mary nearly a whole story high and barely removed vines that once threatened to completely claim the space, it is uniquely Casco Viejo. La Casona de Las Brujuas is located behind the hotel on Herrera Plaza, a fringe part of Casco Viejo and major props to all involved for taking that risk.


Diablos y Congos

February 22, 2005 By: admin Category: Colon, Customs & Culture, Portobelo No Comments →

Well, part of me is hesitant to write about Portobelo because I’d like it to remain the irrelevant that it seems to be. Portobelo. I loved it! If there were internet, I’d move!

Food and Danger

February 20, 2005 By: admin Category: Casco Viejo, Grocery Shopping, NYC, Portobelo No Comments →

Comment: You should start a Panama branch of Zagat’s dining out guide. What a good review of food and restaurants. I’m a former New Yorker - born upper East Side, lived on Christopher street until moving to New England.

Question: What NYC neighborhood might Casco Viejo compare to in terms of safety (if a comparison can be made)?


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