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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Casco Viejo Panama City Photographs

Casco Viejo Panama City Photos

The following photographs are of the Casco Viejo- Casco Antiguo- Old town of Panama City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Neighborhood. This place is awesome. It jets out on a point into the sea and the antique buildings of Panama rise up into the city scape. The Casco Viejo section is currently being rebuilt with great energy. It is especially interesting now as you can view the old ruins of buildings right next to ones that have been restored. I have a feeling that Casco Viejo will look much different a few years from now: the construction crews are working! Hurry up! Go there!

Photograph of a restored building in Casco Viejo.

Inside the wall of a building in Casco Viejo that has been burdened by the weight of time. This building has not yet been restored.

Restored building standing eave to eave with one that has not been repaired. Which do you like better? Tell UNESCO.

The gate to Panama City's Chinatown.

Photos of Casco Viejo.

On the walk leading into Casco Antiguo- A UNESCO World Heritage Neighborhood.

The ruins of the old part of this section of Panama.

Casco Viejo in Panama City.

House in the old district of Casco Viejo.

Refurbished church steeple in Casco Viejo, Panama City.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

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Panama Viejo Ruins Photos

Panama Viejo Ruins Photographs

Panama Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside of Panama City. It was the original site of Panama City, but it was destroyed by Henry Morgan and his band of pirates. The Panama Viejo Ruins still stand today. To get there just take an Ave. Balboa bus that says Panama Viejo in the window. The driver will drop you off in front of the ruins.

The ruins of Panama Viejo- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tower of Old Panama. They ask you for your ticket on your way up it. If you jumped the fence like I did to avoid paying $5, you better run.

Casa del Obispado in the ruins of Old Panama which were sacked by pirates.

Photograph of the Panama Viejo Ruins.

Photo of the ruins at Panama Viejo.

The tower of Old Panama.

The Panama Viejo Ruins are very extensive and cover a large area.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where I hid after being caught by security for visiting Panama Viejo ticketless. I got away.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

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Panama City Photos

Photographs of Panama City

The following photos are of Panama City, the capitol of Panama. The pictures are of the skyscrapers of the new city, rush hour traffic, a church, and Panamanian food.

Photo of the new city of Panama.

Panama City.

Traffic in Panama City.

Church in Panama City.

Photograph of breakfast food in Panama.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
february 27, 2008

Panama City Buses

Panama City Buses

One of the most colorful elements of Panama City are the buses which fly down the streets. These are no ordinary city buses, as they are painted from stem to stern with beautiful scenes of women, battles, movies, and loved ones. It is my impression that the drivers are permitted to customize their buses how they want to: so there are buses with shark fins on top, with paintings of beautiful women, and portraits all over them. These painted buses are awesome.

Photo of a painted Panama City bus.

Inside painting on a bus in Panama.

Front of a painted bus.

Panama City bus with an excellent paint job.

More photographs of the Panama City street art that adorns the public buses.

One of the most colorful aspects of Panama City are the public buses. You can sit for hours just watching them pass, and talking about them. These buses really are a moving art gallery


Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

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Panama Canal Photos

Panama Canal Photographs

The following pictures are of the Panama canal. They are of the Miraflores locks, the Panama Canal workers, ships going through the canal, and the equipment that is used on the Panama Canal. The Miraflores locks of the Panama canal are around 20 minutes away from Panama City. You can get there by taking a Ave. Espana bus to the Cinco de May Plaza and then get on another bus from the bus station next to the highway to the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal.

Photograph of canal workers.

Tourists at the Panama Canal.

The Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal.

Cranes and gear to get the ships through.

Close up photo of one of the locks.

The Panama Canal.

Miraflores Locks station, made in 1913.

Ship in the canal.

Lock of the Panama Canal.

Miraflores locks station.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Indian Call Center

Indian Call Center

This is a funny picture of an Indian call center employee. It is meant to be a joke. I have been to the call centers of Bangalore, unwittingly even studied and wrote about them, and I know that they do not look like this below photo. The call centers of India are actually very much not like this photo. I just think it is funny.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

Indigenous Boruca Crafts of Costa Rica

Indigenous Boruca Brunca Crafts and Masks of Costa Rica

The below masks were carved by a Costa Rican indigenous tribe called the Boruca or the Brunca. They inhabit the southern part of Costa Rica and many people of their communities live off of carving masks, painting, and making traditional crafts to be sold to tourists to Costa Rica.

A traditional Boruca mask in San Jose.

Indigenous masks by the Brunca.

Indigenous crafts in Costa Rica.

Photograph of the masks that the indigenous people the Brunca of Costa Rica make. These crafts can be purchased in San Jose or by visiting their communities.

A photograph of a traditional indigenous mask made and painted by the Boruca of Costa Rica.

Photo of an indigenous mask made by the Borca of Central America.

Crafts for sale in an indigenous art shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Wade from Vagabond
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 27, 2008

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