Half a day in Panamá

To go to San Andrés from Brazil, there is no direct flight nor short-timed connections. Most of the time you have to spend the night either in Bogotá or Panamá. My flights stopped in Panamá. On my way back to Brasil, I made reservations to stay in the Hotel Casco Antíguo, in the neighborhood of Casco Viejo as according to many sites on the internet, it was one of the things to see in Panamá. I chose this hotel because of its decadent charm, like a ghost from the past that makes me wonder about better times. BUT… the neighborhood is really in a state of shambles… there are some buildings being repaired, but many of them are occupied by homeless people and a characteristic odour stuck to my nose at every street on my walk around the place. Also, the neighborhood is facing a dilemma of sorts. The people occupying the historical mansions are being are facing eviction. Well, the neighborhood as a whole was abandoned some decades ago and so there are people illegally living there since. There is a blog called “panamacascoviejo” on blogspot that has a lot more photos and information about if anyone got curious…

Anyway, it’s a pity, really. The whole situation…

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Para ir a San Andrés partindo do Brasil, não tem vôo direto nem conexões com curto espaço de tempo. Maior parte dos vôos faz com que você tenha que passar a noite em Bogotá ou Panamá. Os meus vôos pararam em Panamá. Na minha volta para o Brasil, fiz reservas para ficar no Hotel Casco Antíguo, no bairro Casco Viejo, já que de acordo com vários sites na internet esse bairro era um dos lugares para se ver no Panamá. Eu escolhi esse hotel justamente por causa do seu charme decadente, como um fantasma do passado que faz você pensar sobre décadas perdidas no tempo. MAS… o bairro está num estado um tanto zoado… tem várias construções sendo restauradas, mas várias delas está ocupada por pessoas sem-teto e o cheiro ruim forte te acompanha por todas as ruas. O bairro como um todo foi abandonado há algumas décadas e tem pessoas ocupando as mansões há 20, 30, 40 anos… e estão sendo despejadas a força. Muito complicada a situação toda do bairro.

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The Hotel

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The “Diablo Rojo” is a character in the panamenian carnival. You can see it represented in my places around the city.

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O “Diabo Vermelho” é um personagem do carnaval panamenho. Dá para vê-lo representado em vários lugares pela cidade.

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These handicrafts are the famous molas, made by the Kuna indians. The look so lovely in the sun!

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Esses são os famosos molas, artesanato feito pelas índias Kuna. Estavam tão bonitos brilhando no sol!

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I wish I had had more time in Panamá to at least tick off the Canal of my list :P

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Queria ter tido um pouco mais de tempo no Panamá, só para tirar o Canal da lista também :P

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San Andres – The Colombian Island in the Caribbean

Everyone has their fantasies about dream vacations. All those pictures we see, taken from priviledged points of view of pin-point chosen locations… San Andres sure has a beautiful sea, but the majority of its population is poor, and it reflects on the island’s scenery. Still, what I loved the best about this trip was diving. I went diving 3 days only out of the 7 I stayed in the island, and I should have gone more times… diving gives me such a sense of peace while I’m underwater!! I specially liked the diving places called “La Montanita” and “Bajo Bonito”, which are like an infinite crystal clear acquarium, so beautiful and full of colorful life!

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Todo mundo tem suas fantasias sobre as férias dos sonhos. Todas essas fotos que a gente vê, tomadas de pontos de vista privilegiados de locações escolhidas a dedo… San Andrés com certeza tem um mar lindo, mas a maioria da população é pobre e isso reflete no cenário da ilha. De qualquer forma, o que eu mais amei nessa viagem foi mergulhar. Mergulhei apenas 3 dias dos 7 que fiquei na ilha, e me arrependo… eu deveria ter ido mais vezes… mergulhar me dá uma sensação de paz tão grande!! Eu gostei principalmente dos pontos de mergulho chamados “La Montanita” e “Bajo Bonito”, que pareciam aquários infinitos de água cristalina, tão lindo e cheio de vida colorida!

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La Piscinita

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In San Andrés there are boats leaving daily to go to Cayo Bolívar. It’s a beautiful islet that goes further into the middle of nowhere haha I really enjoyed it there, specially because we saw a nurse shark in the shallows (and that’s why I mentioned on instagram that I wanted to save money for a water housing for my camera :P). Some people took pictures of me swimming all around it, but I don’t think they’ll ever send any of those pictures to me :'(

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Em San Andrés tem lanchas saindo diariamente para ir pra Cayo Bolívar. É uma ilhota muito bonita que vai mais longe ainda para o meio do nada hahaha Eu adorei esse passeio, especialmente porque vimos um tubarão enfermeiro nas partes rasas (e foi por isso que eu mencionei no instagram que eu quero economizar dinheiro pra comprar uma case a prova d’água pra minha máquina :P). Algumas pessoas tiraram fotos minhas nadando em volta do tubarão, mas eu não acho que eles vão me mandar essas fotos :'(

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Where in the world should I go next?

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Mariée de Lumière et Diamants

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Editorial for the Revista Mariée

Model: Samara Faust

Beauty: Ju Friedrich

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Self-Portraits

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a mournful regret for vanished illusions

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Eyes that whistle the true waltz of the tars

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Eyes like a supermassive black hole

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In my eyes, a waterfall… all I can hear, a siren call

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it’s not these fading beauties, these damaged goods, born in a diseased worthless century that will satisfy a heart like mine

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Je lui dédie ces fleurs maladives

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My dreams, they come a kissin’ cause I can’t get sleep, no

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But what can eternity of damnation matter to someone who has felt, if only for a second, the infinity of delight

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Les fleurs nouvelles que je rêve

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She was the face of a Goddess

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Models: Luana Araújo & Marília Januário

Beauty: William Cruz

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Bridal Editorial for Studio One Londrina

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Beauty and headdresses: Studio One Londrina

Wedding dresses: Velluc

Models: Natasha Boratin, Camila Rogel, Najara Ascêncio

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Duda Guagnini

Pretty young girl, following her dream of becoming a model :)

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Model: Duda Guagnini
Beauty: Jonas Afons

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