I'm there hanging out. The ref blows his whistle and they prep for the jump ball. This is real street ball. The backboards are metal, the nets tattered and the rims decaying. Some of the players are wearing running shoes, the ball is chinese made and there is a big metal plate in center court. This should be called tough ball!
What makes all this unique is that all the work on these walls are done by hand. The lettering, the art work. Local artists here are not using projectors, they are free handing it. It's raw and it's unfiltered. Read More
Don't get me started on selfies. This phenomenon is ubiquitous now. It's seemingly acceptable behavior the world over. These little devices, smartphones have changed the way in which we communicate. It's how we keep in constant contact.
This clock was on the wall in a barberia shop in Santa Ana. The paint was peeling. The clock made in China. Read More
You can hear it before you see it. Smack! Smack! Smack! It's the formal but informal way to play dominos. It let's the other players know you have the upper hand. The games are quick. The tables are worn from the long play. Read More
The new lock chambers are 180 ft (54.86 m) wide, 1,400 ft (426.72 m) long, and 108 ft (33 m) deep. The amount of water typically in Lago Gatun is it stores 5.2 cubic kilometres (183,000,000,000 ft³) of water. Stay tuned. Read More
The look, the stare, what beauty. A smile is exchanged with a small nod. In San Felipe just off Avenida Central. It's a Sunday these streets and alleyways are usually packed. Most people have the day off. Read More
Panama, the haves and the have nots. It is said as many as 40% of the people of Panama live in poverty. Of that 40% half of those live in extreme poverty. Panama has the second biggest banking sector in the world after Switzerland. Read More
The question people are asking is the drought related to the deforestation of the Panama jungle? If the forests are cut down and the continuing construction of roads and buildings, does that cause the rains to lessen? Read More
All the buses go to Calidonia. The Pavo, the guy who takes your fare on the bus always yells out the route, Calidonia, Calidona, Calidonia. For some reason their voice is a special pitch, something that is a high pitch and manages to cut through the ambient noise on the street. Read More
Capt Fernando Jaen is leading the training at the Summit. The Summit for those of you who don't know is on the road to Gamboa and is just past the Puente de Centenario. The ACP carved out a replica of the Panama Canal, albeit at 1/25 life size. Read More
This neighborhood was founded in 1915 by a mostly immigrant population that was working on the construction of the Panama Canal. Now more than a century later this downtrodden area has a spirit that is uncompromised and unparalled. Read More
And now for the reason that I have been traveling to Panama since 2004, "El Canal" as they call it here in Panama. The citizens of Panama voted overwhelmingly to expand the Panama Canal back in 2006. Read More
I was speaking with a local business owner about The Panama Papers. He told me "I don't waste my time with that. They're all a son of a bitch. I have to work for my money. I don't read the news or look at the tv. That's bullshit! They never give you nothing.
The first day back in Panama is always tough. There is so much to do. First get the car, then get to the flat to drop off all the gear etc. Then keep my appointments. Today I had lunch at Sabores Chorillos. It's a cool spot where local restauranteurs share a patio. Read More
Whenever I talk about Panama it's a given that the weather is inhospitable. It's always really hot and always really humid. Even in the dry season. That's Panama for you.