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Volume 16, Number 10
September 6, 2010


lifestyle

Also in this section:
Balboa Union Church
Democrats Abroad
US Embassy's labor photography contest
The humble but versatile papaya
When the bomberos strike up the band
Nature and those who would conquer it
When citizenship doesn't equal voting rights
Scenes from the Caravana de Asistencia Social
Canadian Thanksgiving

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The Norwegians had this amazing pudding-filled fudge stuff, at the bottom left

Caravana de Asistencia Social
photos by Eric Jackson


It's an annual tradition, begun by the diplomatic wives in a time when there were very few female diplomats. Back then, the Caravana de Asistencia Social was to raise funds so that needy Panamanian kids who wouldn't get anything for Christmas would get a toy, a pair of roller skates or something else to brighten his or her life. Now the foreign residents and foreign-owned businesses play major roles, several non-Christian countries participate, and the charitable causes that are supported have expanded along with the event. This year it was held on a Thursday (September 2), which meant that the Israelis didn't have to shut down early as they did for religious reasons when the events were held on Fridays.

This obese reporter did not try to compare all of the foods and beverages. The big purchases were used books from the British and pure maple syrup from the Canadians. The sampling was food from Norway, Greece, Israel, Taiwan, India, Holland, Argentina, Paraguay and El Salvador; and beverages from Canada, Japan, Bolivia and Cuba. The Norwegian and Cuban things were the outstanding moments for this reporter. Other people --- there were a LOT of people this year --- would have tastes that would have them trying different things and coming to different judgments. It's not a contest, but a fun time and a good cause.


Bolivian coca tea, a mild stimulant and a big hit


This reporter's name is unpronounceable in Spanish --- but how about Mandarin?


At the Russian stand they did vodka, caviar  and pastries




So as to do a day's work, this reporter chose baklava instead


Austria had sausages and pastries


India is always a "must visit" for the vegetarians

The Swedish ladies were doing a brisk business


The Americans did chili dogs, soft drinks and cookies


Dutch meatballs in satay sauce


The British had all sorts of things to offer, but this reporter concentrated on the books


Also in this section:
Balboa Union Church
Democrats Abroad
US Embassy's labor photography contest
The humble but versatile papaya
When the bomberos strike up the band
Nature and those who would conquer it
When citizenship doesn't equal voting rights
Scenes from the Caravana de Asistencia Social
Canadian Thanksgiving



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