FURTHER INTO PANAMA

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HOSTAL TOPAS, BOQUETE – MOTORCYCLE HEAVEN

A DAY IN THE LIFE: After the vastness of those South American countries we’re struggling to adjust to the size of Panama. I step on the accelerator and…crikey!!…by the time I’ve stamped on the brake we’ve already slithered to the other side of the country. And slithered is the word, because it rains a lot (more than usual, everybody is saying) and so all is green and lush and floating. With all this rain I’ve gained some new skill sets, like how to cross the mud without having my flip-flops sucked off, and how to unravel toilet paper in a plastic bag. Continue reading “FURTHER INTO PANAMA”

PANAMA: THE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD

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THE PANAMA CITY SKYLINE.

So, here we are in Panama, a country known for hats, flags-of-convenience, money-laundering, Colonel Noriega, the Darien Gap and…oh yes, that rather amazing canal. At some 77 kilometres long, the canal cuts through the isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific and is a major conduit for international maritime trade. France began work on the canal in 1881, though ran out of money long before completing it. The United States took over in 1904 and, to great celebration, the first passage occurred in 1914. This narrow strip of land has been a trading route going back to the days of the Spanish conquistadors. Continue reading “PANAMA: THE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD”