Let’s Get Dirty.
Alana considers why we should consider dirt as a building tool. She cites that over centuries of building soil has proven its genuine worth given its durability over concrete. She also references that builders are returning to this material for its natural qualities, beauty, and practically. In this post, Alana examines how and what methods are suitable for Kalu Yala: adobe, cob (wattle and daub), rammed earth, and earth bag.
Half Marathon in El Valle de Antón!
After their first run with the Panama Hash Harriers, Alana and William agreed to run a half marathon in El Valle de Anton. Completely unprepared for the run, William describes how he made the best of the race, mostly by taking in the beautiful scenery surrounding him.
Panamanian Culantro, Part 1
Abraham once again thrills the intern crew with an authentic Panamanian meal. This week he made cilantro the star, serving up Chicken Roulettes stuffed with Serrano ham, pepper jack cheese and cilantro sauce as well as Culantro Pico de Gallo served on top of patacones.
Three Turks and a Grill
Join Anne Walker as she attends her first Turkish barbeque, at the intern house in Panama nonetheless! Our 3 Turkish interns showed us how to do it right, grilling beef kebabs, beef sausage, steak, chicken and delicious vegetables cooked directly on the coals.
Why Kalu Yala Should Have a Hostel
Read about why Ellie thinks Kalu Yala should have a hostel. As a member of Team Etsy, Ellie has spent the last 2 months researching all things tourism, including a focus on hostels. What she's found is that hostels provide great benefits to the people who frequent them and the community around them. In short, travelers can share stories and experiences as well as give advice, and the community's economy benefits from guests using their services.
Sustainable Living: Cultivating Ideas and Growing Design
Alana reflects on her research and how returning to "building basics" requires an in-depth understanding of our environment to ensure that qualities of life like "water, shelter, waste disposal, and comfort" are kept high priorities.
Indigenous Food Culture in the Now
Anne Walker speaks about her first two months here in Panama in this quick interview about her studies of Panamanian food culture and the history behind it.
Business Model Highlights
To change current development and marketing strategies underlying the real estate development industry, developers must take a Warren Buffet-like approach to value investing. Before you can talk about architecture, you first need to think about the business model that keeps bringing us more and more suburbs and how a new model can gain a competitive advantage even before planning and design begin.
Sarah Tyler Arrives in Panama!
3 Inexpensive Day Trips from Ciudad de Panama
Kimberly reviews 3 inexpensive day trips from Panama City, including Taboga, Gamboa, and Santa Clara Beach. Beaches and mountains- however will we choose?
Tags: beach, bird-watching, bohio, day trip, ferry, Gamboa, Gamboa Resort, Gatun, island, jetski, Kimberly Hall, lake, picnic, Pipeline Road, rainforest, Rainforest Discovery Center, Santa Clara, seabass, Taboga
The Benefits of Tourism
Over the course of the summer, Team Etsy has done a ton of research on tourism, including its economic impact. Read their post on Panama becoming a greater tourist destination, and its continuous need to enhance the tourism industry.
Surfing, Sand and Sun in Costa Rica
A photo journal Ellie and Betsy's weekend trip to Manuel Antonio and Jaco, Costa Rica. The city of Manuel Antonio is in the rainforest and home to some of the world's most exquisite beaches-- and people-- check out out photos as they are sure to make you jealous!