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Faces Of Central America

Observing people in Central America is really interesting. First of all, there is a true melting pot of cultures: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, indigenous people such as the Kuna in Panamá…

People have different activities than in North America and in Europe too. The market is often at the center of the community and it´s packed at lunch time, while there is always something happening in the street. In San José, Costa Rica, we would always walk the same pedestrian street. Many vendors displayed their goods in the street: socks, hats, CD and DVD etc. Every hour or so, the police would come and everybody packed in a hurry… to start selling again five minutes later!

Downtown, you can also find people playing music, hanging around, selling stuffs, playing, eating… basically living. It struck me how much of an indoor culture we have become in North America. Sure, the weather is colder and does not allow us to hang out in the street in the middle of January, but I think we have become housebound too much. We always seem to go out with a purpose: eating, working, or going from point A to point B. Loitering is frowned upon, or even forbidden. It´s a bit sad, really.

Painting Political Murals, David, Panama
Painting Political Murals, David, Panama
Getting In The Bus With A Chicken, Panama
Getting In The Bus With A Chicken, Panama
Kuna Kids Watching T.V In The Street, Panama
Kuna KIds Watching T.V In The Street, Panama
Painting In The Street, San Jose - Costa Rica
Painting In The Street, San Jose - Costa Rica
Street Music, San Jose - Costa Rica
Street Music, San Jose - Costa Rica
Packing Up Street Goods, The Police Is Arriving, San Jose - Costa Rica
Packing Up Street Goods, The Police Is Arriving, San Jose - Costa Rica
Playing With Feral Pigeons, San Jose - Costa Rica
Playing With Feral Pigeons, San Jose - Costa Rica
Eating At The Local Soda
Eating At The Local Soda
Selling Spices At The Market
Selling Spices At The Market
Who Want To Ride The Wooden Horse?
Who Want To Ride The Wooden Horse?

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