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Jan 13, 2020 - Panama City, Panama

WOW, are we learning a lot!!! Geography, history, geology, etc is much more interesting when you're actually there! Panama, like the other Latin American countries, is populated with Mezitos, white, and black. No Chinese here. They have two seasons - rainy and dry. They speak Spanish. The are mostly Catholics but have freedom of religion. They use the US dollar. Panama is a small country with only 3 million people. What's been interesting on this trip is the emphasis on the indigenous people. All the countries we have visited have reached...

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Off to South America

Nov 8, 2019 - UPDATE AMAZON

Just published in Resilience October 2019: Latin America becomes repository for Obsolete Technology AND THIS FROM 2014: More to add to the Climate Crisis

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South America Plus

Jun 17, 2019 - Panama City

Our original plan was to tour the Panama Canal by boat. At the last moment our reservation was cancelled by the vendor. Since we only had one day in this beautiful city and wanted to make the most of it, we decided on a bus tour that would take us to the Panama Canal instead. We walked down to the ticket and bus pick-up for Hop On-Hop Off Red Bus Sightseeing. We figured this would allow us to see as much as possible. Our first stop was an hour at Albrook (Koala) Mall. We saw the largest mall in Panama City, window shopped, and ate lunch at...

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Panama Trip 2019

Jun 16, 2019 - First Day - To Panama

My husband Steve and I took the red-eye on the Aero Mexico airline from Sacramento to Guadalajara to Mexico City to Panama City, Panama. Total hours = 12 hours, 3 airplanes. Whew! We tried to sleep but needed a nap upon arrival. We took a taxi from airport to Bristol Hotel. After the short nap, the hotel staff recommended a little Italian restaurant around the corner a short walk from the hotel. Boy is this a global world. We came all this way to eat Italian food. LOL. It was called La Vespa decorated with an actual Vespa and pictures of...

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Panama Trip 2019

May 17, 2019 - Last day in Panama

We left our wonderful beach resor this morning and returned to Panama City via the Bridge of the Americas. We had nice views from Amador Causeway of the canal and city sky line. Our first stop was at a Guna tribal market. There were about 40 stalls in the building. They all had similar souvenirs. One of the handcrafts they made were Mola’s. These are a hand sewed panel with bright colors, depicting animals or nature. They were beautiful and very well done. They had beaded items and clothing of the area. We arrived at our hotel for tonight....

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Adventure in Panama

Apr 29, 2019 - Crossing the Panama Canal

The 51 mile Panama Canal starts near Panama City in the Pacific Ocean and travels southwest to northeast to Colon, Panama and into the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Three sets of locks at each end of the canal raise and lower the ships 85 feet so that they can sail across the Continental Divide via Gatun Lake. The canal reduces the Pacific-Atlantic sailing distance by over 7,800 miles. The original locks were opened in 1914. The new, larger set of locks were opened in June 2016. This was the first time our ship had passed through the...

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Jan 25, 2019 - Jan 25 Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Friday, January 25 Today was our visit to Costa Rica. We arrived in Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas) at 7:00, and were off the ship for our panoramic tour. We had a great guide with lots of information who clearly is proud of his country. First we drove through countryside into the hills to the small town of Esparza where we went to the town park and enjoyed a folk dance performance by children from the local school. They had great costumes, talent and enthusiasm. The PTA had booths selling snacks and crafts. From the town we drove on through...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 23-24 Panama Canal and a sea day

Wednesday, January 23 Panama Canal Day! I was up and out by 7:30 to see our approach to the canal (and see what Panama rolls are—a sweet bun with mango filling). Apparantly this is a tradition to serve on entering the canal, at least for Holland America. The first three locks took us up 85 feet to Gatun Lake (created when they dammed the river to create a year-round navigable waterway). Some of these locks have the original gates from 1914. Sailing on through the lake and through a narrow channel, we came to three more locks and went...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 5, 2018 - Panama City, Panama

After cruising through Gatun Lake we entered the first lowering locks, which is named the Pedro Miguel Locks, and should be called lock, because it is only 1 lock. It then becomes a small lake for a short period before entering 2 more locks, named the Miraflores Locks. Coming through the locks we were able to see Panama City and the port up ahead. We also passed the Panama Immigration Building. It had all of its balconies covered with people waving and hollering at us and visa versa. We went under the Pan American Bridge which was the only...

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Mar 4, 2018 - Traversing the Panama Canal March 4 Morning

Traversing the Panama Canal March 4 Morning Considered one of the 8 Wonders of the World, the shortcut through the isthmus of Panama is an amazing engineering accomplishment. Considering its era, this accomplishment is even greater. Originally a French project and based on that country’s success with the Suez Canal in the late 19th Century, the USA took on the challenge after the French company went bankrupt. With hundreds of ships passing through every week, we in the Azamara Quest began our traverse early in the morning before...

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Feb 7, 2017 - Panama City

Flew from David to Panama City. Flight takes about an hour. It would take about 6 or more hours depending on traffic or other events on the highway. We checked in and spent our last day by the pool. We have checked other places near by which are about the same cost but the pool area keeps drawing us back. It feels like an Oasis in the middle of the city. You can hardly tell that you are right beside a major highway. Occasionally you will here truck Jake brakes but for the most part you feel quite isolated from the city here. I also love...

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Panama 2016-2017

Jan 5, 2017 - Last day in Panama city mission to obtain Drivers Licence

So we are off today to get our Drivers licence. First back to the Foreign affairs of Panama to pick up our documents and then to the Drivers licence (DL) office. We arrived at the Government office around 10 am and our documents were ready. We waited only a few minutes and we were out of there. We hopped into a cab to cross the city to the licencing office. There is only one place in the city you can obtain a DL for foreigners. Thankfully we only need to do this process with authentication this time. For renewals we can go anywhere in the...

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Panama 2016-2017

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