The Wonders of Panama Canal
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Hey lovely people, well Panama City was hot hot hot, which was a welcome feeling after the cold rain of Costa Rica. A long 17 hours getting there on a bus though, including 3 hours spent at the border, which was the most tedious border we have done yet. First queuing at 5am to get our exit stamps then queuing at another point to get entry stamps, then bags off the bus, then line up and register called of the entire full to the brim bus, then come forward with bags when name called again, then open bags have them prodded, then all back on the bus, eventually, 3 hours later! Plus the aircon on the bus was broken and I thought I might die, I am not exaggerating! We picked a busy but fun hostel, only dorms left, so 10 in a room but we knew half the ozzy and irish guys by this time from the mammoth bus journey there. We stayed and explored the city for a couple of days, taking in the amazing site of old versus new. We stayed in the old colonial part which is undergoing a lot of development but looked across to the brand new sky scrappers being raised at the speed of lightning it seems. We took a trip to the Panama Canal and watched some tankers go through, they are truly massive and its an impressive operation to watch - every engineers dream, so I was of course representing you work guys that call yourselves engineers, hope you are impressed! As well as walking to the new part of the city, visiting the real smelly but amazing fish market daily for our dinner, we also celebrated Irish Jenny's birthday with a massive irish pinata filled to the brim with candy which she bashed to death with a massive poll in our dorm. Oh going back to the fish market, it was amazing to see so much fresh fish, some of which was massive, we bought on one occasion though enough king prawns to pretty much feed the entire hostel, as the lady didnt understand us saying less, she thought we said ice, so we ended with enough prawns to feed the whole hostel, on ice! They were good though!! Then it was off to the airport for our flight into Colombia....