Queen on Display for Carnival 2014
Because the tendency to assume everyone shares our core values is universal, the opportunity to be blindsided by a cultural difference in a foreign country lurks right below the surface, like a grinning crocodile. Recently a friend of mine stepped right into the jaws of one of these cultural differences. She gave me permission to tell her story for the […]

Temporary Cultural Differences

Calle Abajo Carnaval Queen
Did you know the flamboyant spectacle of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama was started with a Church fight back in the 17th century?  It seems back then the fervently religious Spanish colonists were divided into two factions, each with its own patron saint.  The Hermitage of Santa Cruz celebrated the Holy Cross on May 3, and Caledonia celebrated Santa Librada […]

CARNAVAL Prep: The Tale of Arriba and Abajo

Candles and Perfume – who can think of them without thinking of romance? Now, imagine a sultry night. Let us say it is a night in, perhaps, late March of 1945, the first night of Carnaval for that year. The Visual Feast Imagine hundreds of women of all ages, lovely in their pollera dresses, the skirts spread like wings as […]

The Romance of Las Tablas Carnaval