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  • Day167

    Exploring the canal and Panama City

    February 21, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Today, we decided to explore the Panama Canal because that's the most important attraction in Panama I guess. As we prefer nature over museums, we took the famous tourist train to Colon. It's an old railway connecting between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans mainly following the canal. It's pretty expensive, 25$ person for a one hour ride, but at least you get a small coffee, some snacks and especially great views of the canal, some boats, bridges, the docks and rainforest scenery. We really enjoyed the ride, as we also met Susan and Steve who sat next to us. They were a retired couple from New Mexico and did some birding in Panama. Great conversation partners as well.
    Colón is a very rundown place, a pretty dodgy area. Most of the other tourists on the train were picked up right in front of the train to get driven to a couple of other tourist places in the area. We just walked to the bus station and took a bus back to the city. This was an experience in itself. The first bus wasn't working properly. After driving for about an hour in walking speed and still picking up people, the driver finally realized that the bus would not miraculously fix itself, so he stopped and we could get out to just catch the next one passing by. This one brought us to the terminal in Panama where we tried to find a local bus to our hostel with no luck. We ended up walking half way on a highway before stopping a cab to take us back to the hostel.
    In the afternoon, we crossed the city to our next accommodation which was on the other side of town. On the way, we passed the stadium and some monuments, got a view of the Bridge of Americas, cycled the cinta costera, a circular road in the ocean around Casco Viejo, saw the fish market and the highrises in the back. There was also a great bikeway along the sea. In general, we quite liked the city itself, it's very diverse. Unfortunately, the bike way ran out after the center and we had to fight our way through the busy roads for another 16km.
    Samuel welcomed us at our Airbnb. He is turning 19 in March and very interested in pretty much everything. He even accompanied us to the nearby mall to discuss politics, the German economy and our jobs on the way. Before going to sleep, I got a haircut. Stella, Samuel's mum, is a hair dresser and used my cut to explain the art of cutting hair in angles to her son.
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  • Day51


    January 23, 2020 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Heute waren wir in Panama. Leider ist Panama City 2 Stunden mit dem Auto entfernt und das Taxi wäre zu teuer gewesen. Deshalb konnten wir nur Panama Downtown besuchen. Es ist nicht besonders schön hier aber sie Hauptsache ist das wir endlich wieder Zeit draußen verbringen konnten. Jetzt folgen 10 Tage auf See 😭. Werde mich also dann erst wieder melden können.

    Morgen werden wir durch den Panama Canal fahren. Das wird richtig interessant sein. Das dauert 8 Stunden und wir von Zügen durch den Kanal gezogen. 20 Leute kommen an Bord und übernehmen die Kontrolle an Bord. Der Kapitän hat dann nicht das sagen.
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  • Day152

    Puerto Lindo, Panama

    June 1, 2019 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Ich bin ja schon einiges aus Mexiko gewöhnt was das Busreisen betrifft und vor allem die Temperatureinstellung!
    Es was nicht kalt es war einfach eisig im Bus.
    12h Eiskühlfach .... mit 2 T-Shirts, ein Pulover und einer Jacke und ein Handtuch als Decke und 2 Hosen war es trotzdem Arschkalt!
    In Panama City angekommen ging es gleich weiter mit Chickenbus richtung Puerto Lindo und das dauerte dann auch noch mal ca. 6 Stunden.
    Total kapput angekommen war erst Duschen und Schlafen angesagt!
    Am späten Nachmittag gings an die Straßenkreuzung wo es weit und breit nur einen Stand zum Essen gab!
    Wir waren ein bisschen überrascht den das Dorf hatte nur einen spärlich ausgestatteten Kiosk und somit mussten wir erst mal an das andere Dorfende laufen um uns einiges
    für die Bootstour nach Columbien die morgen los gehen soll zu besorgen! Hier gab es zwar auch keine große Auswahl aber zumindest Rum hatten die!😉
    So gings es voll gepackt mit Rum, Cola und einigen Snacks richtung Hostel.
    So schauten wir noch 2 Folgen "Narcos" bevor es ins Bett ging.
    Die Vorfreude auf morgen ist riesig!🤩😍
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  • Day18

    20. Shipping the car - Panama 2 Colombia

    September 9, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    Although they share a border, there is no way to drive from Panama to Colombia. The main intercontinental road, the Pan American Highway, which stretches from Alaska to Argentina, has a 150km gap in it as it passes through what is known as the Darien Gap, located at the east/south end of Panama.

    The Darien is a tropical jungle, with parts of it inhabited by indigenous tribes. While some if it is accessible with a guide, the parts that preclude safe travel have no roads, and ill-defined trails (if any). Visitors are subject to ticks, snake-bites, and disease. The area has limited to no police presence, and is known to be utilized by narcotraffickers. You are considered "on your own" if you run into trouble there.

    I'll pass.

    Hence, we (Craig) are engaged in coordinating shipment of the car via container (shared with one other traveler's car) from Colon to Cartegena. Craig did exhaustive research on this prior to our arrival, but coordinating the sharing of the container required much last minute communication with a several transport brokers to find someone who wanted to do the same thing as us at exactly the same time.

    The brokers are invaluable, but even with them, there seems to be so much room for things to go awry. We needed to be at the car inspection checkpoint between 6 & 7 Monday for car export inspection. Our Frenchman container-sharing partner was driving in from Costa Rica, and was scheduled to be there as well. He showed up just around 7, and the official told him he was too late and had to leave. Since we were scheduled to load the cars on the container Tuesday, this would have been a disaster for us, delaying us for days, since car shipments only get sent certain days of the week.

    Craig pleaded with the official, and we were granted clemency. Whew. (The Frenchman later communicated that he got caught unaware of a time zone change. Geez. Things can go wrong so easily.) We returned to pick up our inspection paperwork at 2, only to have to wait over an hour for it as it wasn't ready. you have no choice but to be patient.

    Tuesday we drove to the east Panama port of Colon to watch the car be loaded onto the container and locked. We caught a bus back to Panama City ( about 50 miles?) for $3.15 each. On the way, we saw an accident involving a container that looked exactly like ours. Our hearts were in our throats momentarily, until we remembered our car is getting shipped from Colon, and not on the road to Panama.

    In the meantime, our flight is booked for Friday, and we have a few days to toodle around Cartagena before picking up the car next Tuesday.

    Fingers crossed!
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  • Day186

    12.5.1 Sailing the Wild Card

    February 25, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After the rather unpleasant events in Panama I quickly found a captain who could take me to Columbia, more precise: Cartagena!

    5 nights on a sailboat! Sailing the San Blas Islands. “Captain! How is the sea going to be for someone who is used to Sailing?” Carli the captain: “It’s gonna be rough!” “...”
    And it was going to be rough! Hold your guts, they might come out!

    So we set sail! (Or rather engine, because the wind is coming from the wrong direction during this time world the year.)

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  • Day15

    18. Panama City - Casco Viejo

    September 6, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Casco Viejo is the historic district of Panama City. When the Panama Canal was being built, an influx of workers caused massive growth and expansion of Panama City, and the elite residents abandoned Casco Viejo for a better location in the city, letting Casco Viejo fall into ruin. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage site. While much of its architecture has been restored, some buildings remain in crumbling ruin.

    We wandered through there today. The architecture was pretty neat, and there are some cool historic churches. We had a great view of the Panama City skyline. On the downside, it was filled with overpriced restaurants, and dozens of vendors selling the same touristy souvenirs in every shop.

    We chose to check out the Panama Canal Museum they had there. It was filled with floor to ceiling placards documenting in detail the story of the many failed attempts, and the eventual successful one, at building a canal. It would have been easier to read the story in a book, as the museum offered little else.
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  • Day35

    Colon, Panama

    February 6, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    At present, Colon is undergoing a lot of reconstruction work so it is not at all attractive. Give it another 6 or 7 years and things might look different. Went on a trip to visit an Embera Indian village to see their way of live. We had to take a boat along Lake Gatun to reach the village. Very friendly people who spent a lot of time describing their history and customs. Took part in some dancing with them and really enjoyed ourselves. This was a very memorable trip.Read more

  • Day8

    Panama Canal

    March 1, 2020 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Clocks ahead last night so the 5 am alarm felt like 6. Still dark when we got to our preferred viewing spot on Deck 4 at the bow, the lights of Colon welcoming us. Through the first locks at 7 and enjoyed the traditional hot coffee and Panama buns while listening to the Panamanian narrator describe the building of the Canal.

    By 10, it felt like we needed a snack so sampled the crepes with apple filling.

    A nap on the Promenade was welcome as we sailed leisurely through Gatun Lake.

    Stopped for lunch and a bit of a rest. 35C is pretty hot and hydration is essential.

    Watched our final passage through to the Pacific Ocean at Fuerte Amador where we had had an excursion 10 years ago. This was the only set of local where they used the row boats to move the ropes to the ship.
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  • Day2

    Fuerte de San Lorenzo

    May 25, 2019 in Panama ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Nach dem Besuch am Panamakanal haben wir uns noch das Fort San Lorenzo angeschaut. Der Weg dorthin ist etwas ungewöhnlich doch dank Ulrichs Beschreibung kein Problem. Zuerst mit der kostenlosen Fähre über den Panamakanal übersetzen, Dann über die mit riesigen Schlaglöchern gespickte Straße bis zu einem fast verlassenem US Stützpunkt fahren. Dem Wachposten muss man sagen, dass man zum Fort San Lorenzo möchte und man kann die Geisterstadt passieren.Read more

  • Day19

    A man, a plan, a canal, Panama

    January 17, 2019 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The city of Colon is not very salubrious to say the least so we were glad we clubbed together with several others and hired a taxi to take us to the AguaClara Panama Canal Visitors Centre. This overlooks the new locks that have been built and showed a short film in English with lots of impressive facts and figures that are instantly forgotten but were interesting at the time!
    Out taxi then took us on a tour of parts of Colon. Oh dear, a very sorry place. Everywhere was boarded up or wrapped in razor wire or protected by electric fences. The roads were terrible and the traffic chaotic. Not a place I'd recommend spending time in!
    Another evening, another show after another lovely meal and then retiring to our cabin after some classical violin in one of the bars. In case you are wondering - it's a palindrome !
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Provincia de Colón, Provincia de Colon

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