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Commune Design, Will You Marry Me?

Inspiration comes from everywhere, right? Well for me, inspiration strikes hard each and every single time my eyes fall upon a Commune design. Two months before we moved away from Casco Viejo, The American Trade Hotel finally opened. I had the luck and opportunity to cruise through the skeleton of the hotel, sawdust flying, hard hat on, months before it… Read more →

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Face the Foliage

I’m just bursting with inspiration these days as a new muse has tickled my fancy. For any of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may already be familiar with my newest artistic passion: creating faces and images with flowers and plants. Here’s a peek: It was an idea sparked by a friend and creative powerhouse Justina Blakeney who created the hashtag… Read more →

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Pedestrian Peepshow

Just outside of the Casco Viejo limits exists one of the most bustling, eclectic, hot, intriguing, entertaining, and vibrant pedestrian streets I’ve ever been to: Avenida Central. It’s pretty clear to anyone who crosses over Calle 12, headed northwest, that they’ve crossed some kind of invisible, unspoken line. There are less restored buildings and there is more exhaust, more honking,… Read more →

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Restoration for the People

“I’ve lived here for 42 years” she said. “I raised my children here. I’ve seen a lot of changes.” Almost every evening, Joaquin and I take a stroll around the neighborhood at dusk.  In doing so, we always see the usual suspects: Dani having his 6pm drink outside of Manolo Caracol, a slew of local kids running rampant, Julio the… Read more →

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Taking the Plunge

I recently heard from an old friend that he and his wife quit their jobs in San Francisco, and with their very young daughter, moved to Italy for the next six months while he pursues a wine apprenticeship. My instantaneous reaction was pure glee as all I could do was imagine how much of an exciting roller coaster adventure the… Read more →

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Just Visiting

Moving often and living in new cities and countries involves starting over. Obviously, the starting over includes basic things like an apartment, a job, discovering the local hangouts and markets, transportation, the general day-to-day stuff. But, moving abroad is also largely made up of the people that we meet along the way, the friends we make, and the social circles… Read more →

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17 Hours : A Photo Story From Panama to California

7am Pick Up – Casco Viejo, Panama Nobody’s Turning Back Now Wave goodbye to El Arco Chato, Joaquin Passing Folks and Blurry Colors Central America, Car Seat Not Always Required Waiting for Take Off Empty Middle Seat : Happy Baby, Happy Parents Layover Snacks I see California Clear Skies and A Clear Coast Bay Bridge View of The City Smell That Air Joaquin?… Read more →