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... to the bus depot to pick up tickets outta here, before heading straight back to town. The rest of the day was spent lounging around, trying to stay out of the oppresive heat. Yesterday I finally finished Dune. It was okay, but I have no desire to read the plethro of other books that follow it. I've started on some pulp fiction, returning to the guys who wrote Relic. This is the sequel.
The night bus headed out at half eight. It has no ...
... was something I think I'll never forget. Its hard to explain exactly why it was such a special experience but it was just that.
We are currently Anchored off La Playita at the Pacific End of the Canal where we are doing some maintenance and are waiting for our new Genoa (Headsail) to arrive. Got an email in Spanish about it today and when we used the Google Translator it still didn't make sense. Hopefully it is here; I'll check ...
... only 45 minutes but it seemed to be much longer since it was raining and the sea was quite wavy again.
On the way back to Almirante we met with a Japanese couple we already knew from before. When I saw them I realized we were staying in the same hostel in Granada (Nicaragua). We started to talk and found out all of us were heading to Panama City through David, therefore we agreed to share one taxi (USD 1 per person) in order to get from the jetty to the bus terminal.
... 8-10 minutes to complete the operation in which time our ship was raised 27 feet to equalise it with the water level on the other side of the lock. While we waited for this, the guide took our picture which could be transferred to an official Panama Canal Transit certificate that you can purchase at the end of the tour for the paltry amount of $10. How could I say no? I managed to get mine taken ax the lock doors were closing behind us.
We passed the Miraflores ...
... pub to watch the end of a boxing match and later ended up at a rooftop hookah lounge.
While in Casco Viejo we went to the Panama museum. It was very intriguing to learn about the nation's history as well as the Panama Canal. There is no wonder why Panama is so "Americanized." When Colombia wouldn't give the US rights to build a canal, the US decided to back Panama's move to gain independence from Colombia in 1903; in doing so the ...