Archive for October, 2017

The Panama Canal. Ships go in and ships come out!

Posted: October 7, 2017 by bernardbarbour in Expedition/Travel

I remember learning about the Panama Canal when I was in Elementary school. “Bernard” my teacher would yell I as buried my head deep in my history book. “Yes ma’am” I’d snap back out of my adventure fantasy of being there when the Canal was constructed. I’d see myself hacking away through the jungle, slowly with a troop of many finding our way from sea to sea.

As we stand here today watching huge ships of types sizes and from all over the world transcend the Canal, frankly, I’m still amazed.

But, of course there’s more to see than the Canal. So afterwards, we spent the rest of the day sightseeing, souvenir shopping and just taking it all in. Enjoy the pics.


Our first night in Panama, quaint and quiet. The ocean waves ever so gently, just enough to lull you to sleep. Fireflies bring magic to the darkness. Thunder rolls and lighting flashes off in the distance. Silhouettes of Islands. No wifi, no cell phone, just stillness. No turtles laying eggs, no raccoons to over turn the trash and wake you in the middle of the night. Stars peak through the clouds and soft rain all night. Three dogs appear in the morning and come to rest on our cabin porch, have they been guarding us all night? It’s early, time to watch for whales. We see them, playing in the sea off in the distance. They wave, we wave back. Humpbacks I suppose. Hunting for sea shells, gathering coconuts, we walk. Flocks of parrots fly overhead. Not another human in site. Suddenly, a truck, a moped, a guy on a bike, all make their way past us, they came from out of nowhere and are heading nowhere. Looking odd, where can they be going, I see nothing but deserted beach. Making plans for the next stop. Our friends come over, we look at maps. I’m not ready to go, but we must. What would my family and friend think? Dropping off the grid to live in a cabin by the sea. Whales, playing with dogs, looking for seashells all day. No wi-fi, TV, no bad news or good news for that matter. Time to go. We drive out onto the beach. The sand is hard, you can drive for miles. Ocean on the left, jungle on the right. This is life.


A euphoric feeling overwhelmed us as we crossed the border into Panama, our last Central American country. After going through the usual and customary process of getting stamped out of Costa Rica and into Panama we felt a calm and relaxing feeling come over us.

Costa Rica was amazing and we began to think how much more could Panama bring. Scott wrote this story I’d like to share with you about our experience in Panama so far, meanwhile I’ve posted a few pics. Enjoy and thanks for following, More photos and updates coming soon.

by Scott Woodhams @ Life all Out

 

We are so completely enamored and humbled by the people and experiences we get to enjoy along this amazing trip!

Last night was no exception. We found a beautiful property in Panama, that is situated along side a river that spills into the Pacific Ocean. We met the owners of the property, who also run a quaint restaurant that serves gourmet food. The chef has had countless write ups about his culinary skills, and the open air restaurant is visited by many exclusive clients, including the President of Panama.
We had the privilege of enjoying an absolutely amazing meal, with so many fresh, and new ingredients. The flavors culminated exquisitely, on out pallets, to make our taste buds leap with joy!

My favorite was the Ackie, a Jamaican bean/nut style garnishment, on the fresh salad. A-mazing!

After dinner, one of the owners, and souix chef, offered to serenade us. We were absolutely stunned to learn that he is native Panamanian, and is self taught. He has performed for the President and many other dignitaries. He has invitations to take the lead in a production featuring a famous symphony, who invited him in person. His style and range is amazing. Although the songs are in Spanish, we could feel the emotion of each word.

By the end of the evening, he had sang a personal performance exclusively for the four of us, as we ate like Kings (and queens), while the rain poured down outside, adding to the quaintness of our evening.

We learned so much about the Panamanian culture, and had local jokes translated by Roberto.

This remarkable evening came to an end, with us feeling so much closer to and understanding the local culture. People everywhere are so amazing! I’m so thankful, we get to meet, talk, and form our own opinion of other countries, rather than having some slanted, ulterior motive driven media provide it to us. Viva Panama!