Archive | Panama

Sunrise:  Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

IN CELEBRATION OF PLANET EARTH

TODAY IS EARTH DAY!   For 43 years on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.     As an informed global traveler, I am acutely aware of the […]

Continue Reading
P1010473

Panamanian Chicken Bus

When I was in Guatemala, I rode everywhere on the Chicken Buses.  They were noisy, usually crowded, and the paint jobs were legendary.  It seemed that every bus was in unofficial competition to see who could have the most outrageous paint, the most chrome and the wildest theme. Once I crossed into El Salvador and […]

Continue Reading
P1010656

Sailing to Colombia, 3

Waisalup is a small island owned by Julio (actually his wife). Part III–Chillin’ in Waisalup There is a small village on the windward side consisting of about six huts and a well…that’s it!  We camped on the leeward side only a few minutes walk across. There were colorful reefs and amazing snorkeling.  This was a […]

Continue Reading
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sailing to Colombia

What do you do when you get an Argentine, an Israeli traveling with an Australian passport, an English women, a Canadian, an Italian, a Colombian and three Americans together?  Why you sail to Colombia. Part I–Booking a sailboat and actually leaving. Booking a sailboat to sail from Panama to Colombia is hardly a straight forward […]

Continue Reading
Casco Viejo

Old Panama/New Panama

  I have been in Panama City or simply Panama as Panamanians refer to it for almost a week.  I have been exploring the city by bus, by foot and by taxi.  Taxis are typically US$2-3 to most parts of the city. Panama is a global crossroads and was long before the Canal was built. […]

Continue Reading
Carnaval

FAT TUESDAY

DUSK FALLS ON BOCAS TOWN AND THE MERRIMENT REACHES IT’S ULTIMATE CONCLUSION Music, rum, cervesa and dancing are in the air and everywhere. The locals are definitely having a great time and are quite out of control.  The gringos are running a close second.   I am feeling a little hungry so I pause to […]

Continue Reading
P1010108

CARNAVAL!

AS CELEBRATED IN BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA I arrived in Bocas del Toro on Monday, just in time for the last two nights of Carnaval.  This is definitely not New Orleans nor is it Rio.  Bocas is an archipelago of several islands just off the Panamanian mainland.  The main island contains the airport and “Bocas […]

Continue Reading