Panama, land of the canal and so much more...

Trip Start Dec 12, 2002
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Trip End Aug 01, 2003


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Monday, May 5, 2003

Well this is the first entry I have made about traveling without Emma... Takes some time to adapt here, being together for 3 months... Of course Bocas del Toro is a classic destination and Ive already been here so I'm not going to talk much about it in this entry. Tomorrow, I leave for David, first stop on route to Panama city, or La ciudad de Panama, like you should call it. I think the real Panama is not in Bocas, if there is a real Panama at all...
Panama-city is a very modern city, skyscrapers looking over the see trying to be as arrogant as any modern western city...
The beautiful bridge of the Americas over the Panama canal symbolizes the link between north and south America en between the Atlantic and Pacific ocean...
I was almost arrested by a mad policeman for jay walking. He yelled at me Passaporte, passaporte and didn't I see the pedestrian bridge 100 meters a way and I could have been killed (yeah, by traffic that goes by the breathtaking speed of 0.3 km per hour!), Come with me to the police station, who did I think I am anyway, where are you from etc etc...
Me apologizing naturally, desculpe senor! At the police station the angry cop suddenly gave me back my passport and told me to be more careful the next time... Quite crazy these policemen are, they say nothing about cars driving through the red light our about motorist trying to kill pedestrians on the sidewalk, but when you try to cross the street they treat you as a criminal...
Well, I suppose his wife beat him up at home so he has to prove something at the street...
And today we, that is my new Canadian friends Nino and Sabrina and I, where walking in the street to see one of the city attractions, the causeway to Mirador, when we where suddenly surrounded by five policemen who wanted to know were we where going. 'To dangerous! we can not allow you to walk there, you will surely be mugged!' So the police stopped a taxi for us, who took us nicely to the causeway... What a city... you're not even allowed to walk around at 11 a.m.!
Well it's for the famous canal people come here, and indeed to go to Panama without visiting the canal is like going to Paris without seeing the Eifeltower...
Well I have to tell you a canal is a canal, and it's true, the ships are big, and the locks are impressive but it's just a canal, and I saw more impressive locks than these...
So after a couple of days, visiting old Panama and modern Panama and the canal and the slums, I go back to Costa Rica... There's one more thing I have to see absolutely before I go to Nica for my voluntary work and that's the Corcovado National Park...
Damn, tomorrow I go to San Jose and the only bus leaves at 6 in the morning! I don't think I can get up that early without an alarm clock... I probably will be stuck here for the rest of my life, well that's not such a bad thing, isn't it? Puerto Jimenez is a really very nice village, there's a lot of things to do and it has a friendly atmosphere. Yesterday, I watched a football game...I counted the players on the field, there were 45 of them!
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Wauw, saw a moon eclipse yesterday! I have to admit I've never seen it before. And a clear sky too! I tried to make some pictures of it, but I don't know if they come out fine... the result can be seen on this entry, I think it's not so bad actually.


To be continued...
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