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... where the canal is being expanded to meet the needs of larger ships. The canal currently can accommodate ships up to 1000 feet long. The canal, when the expansion is complete, will be able to handle ships 40% longer and 60% wider. Man, through God's power, does amazing things!
After our 20 minute ride we entered some of the back channels of the canal. We stopped at an ...
... next door to very expensive arty furniture stores for example.
On the way back to the metro, we stopped at the fish market so David could try some mixed ceviche - a combination of fish, octopus and calamari, it was good but not amazing.
We took the metro to Albrook which not only has the main bus station for Panama City, it has the Albrook Mall. We thought the mall we were in the other day was big - this is really big, biggest in Central ...
... A couple of fun facts we were told are that: 1) the widest ship to go through the Miraflores Locks had about 25cm space on either side; and 2) it is the only place in the world where the captain of the ship has to hand the driving over to a specialist official, in order to navigate the locks. At the lock there is also a 4 level museum. We have heard the 4th story is the best but will never find out because disaster struck (or should I say stupidity). Ben yelled out ...
... to the facts; each lock is 1050 x 110 feet (320 x 33.5m), you may notice that feet seem to be the measurements used when talking all things maritime. Perhaps this is because it makes everything seem bigger and bigger is better. Each time one of the six locks empties over 100,000 m3 of fresh water from the lake is dumped into either the Pacific or Atlantic.
This is one of the reasons our trip was delayed, small boats can only use ...
... to them. My mother sent me a card in February. I am still waiting for it to arrive.
4. No street signs. Or street names. Or agreement about street names (you say this is Martinelli Street, I say its Calle 76). Or fixed addresses. Or reliable websites to help you find people/places. It is really difficult to find places or businesses here. My next job might be Postmaster General of Panama, so I can help with mail and streets.
5. And the thing I absolutely can't ...