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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.


Post Casco Viejo

September 07, 2007 By: admin Category: Baseball, Casco Viejo, Customs & Culture, La Casona No Comments →

I no longer live in Casco Viejo. It changed and/or I changed or time marched on to separate us, but in response to questions about how I saw the changes, and especially the mass eviction of squatters who had lived in those buildings for over 20 years, this is what I answered. (more…)

Back to the Future

September 14, 2005 By: admin Category: Birds, Casco Viejo, La Casona, NYC No Comments →

Beginning with coming over to sign the lease on the new apartment last week, life has been completely different. That day, I kept running into people I knew. Seems I can’t walk a block without interacting with folks. Everyone knows me, says hello and smiles. I didn’t realize how comforting that interaction on the street was until it was gone. It does remind me of the neighborhood feel of an NYC of yore, a time when perhaps you didn’t know the shopkeeper’s name for the first few years of going in there on pretty much a daily basis, but you knew each other anyway. You shared those few moments each day or every few days that said "We are neighbors. We share this and that is special because that’s just about us and not the rest of the world. We have mutual respect for one another. The day is a little bit brighter now that we’ve shared a smile."

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.


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