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... locks (2) which take us the final way into the Pacific Ocean.
· Under the Bridge of Americas, just north of Panama City we hit salt water and head north to our next port-of-call, Puerto Caldera – Costa Rica.
· Cruise ships pay by the number of passengers/berths occupied. In this case, our Westerdam ship paid $320,000.00 to make the trip through the canal.
· Container ships pay the toll based ...
... to have been invited! It was a weekend so I said well if I have to work after I'll make the most of it and do that ride I'd been interested in. A friend lent me their bike and off I went from the capital of 10 million to Zipaquirai (famous for their salt mines which double as a cathedral)! There is a bike path out that way so I set my sights on getting there...it was a 70km ride there and back. I was impressed with the crazy amount of cyclists out that ...
... other...but that is another story.
After 2 days we returned to the city with the idea to make the most of my time off, our time together. We went straight to a BBQ then to the Carnaval Parade and ending touring and going out in Casco Antiguo. All fun, full of energy and in good company.
The next 2 days I worked so to make the most of our time, we went for a walk in the AM along the Cinta Costera. Nice and relaxing for me and earning ...
... so little for its people. It is a salutary lesson in what happens when Government is weak, the Judiciary is not truly independent of the executive and individual self interest is left to run unchecked. Panama has only 3.5 million people, most would live in what we would believe is poverty with just very basic services, yet the country itself generates a lot of wealth which is controlled by a very small sector ...
... is 87ft.
Work began on the canal in 1880. It was completed 34 years later in 1914. It was an immense feat of engineering that underwent several design changes during construction, leading to delays and deaths, not least from outbreaks of yellow fever.
The 'Queen Elizabeth' is the largest vessel able to transit ...