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Today we went to the Miraflores locks of the Panama canal. They are the first of 3 sets of locks in the canal. it was pretty impressive though more Wes´s thing than mine. We took a taxi out there- the traffic is of course crazy and death defying. The best things are the city buses. They are old American school buses that are completely pimped out and painted completely over with graffiti paintings and sayings like ¨"The Peacemaker". Some have huge motors, crazy blaring music and big stacks up the backs of the bus spitting out smoke. Wes thought they were pub crawl buses till we seen like 20 of them this morning at 8:30 on the way out of the city. They´re awesome! Kinda reminscent of the Guyana minibuses Hannah and Katie but even better. It says in the book that locals call them red devils cuz they drive insanely.

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The security guards are awesome too- we were at this big supermarket yesterday and this big guy in full millitaryesque uniform is standing at the exit slapping his billy club into his palms- just antsy to put it to good use. Every security guard/policeman looks like they´re going off to war in full uniform and has usually a gun and at the very least a club. Entertaining and we`ll be sure to pay for our grocery purchuses thank you very much. 

The highlight of the day for me was some Smithsonian research facility- there was barely anyone there and the lady that worked there was awesome. She showed us everything. There was a tank with a bunch of fish, Hawksbill turtles and even 2 nurse sharks in the water. One of the guys was in with them and pulling out the turtles out of the water to give their shells a scrub- cuz they grow algae on their backs.

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They are fierce! They have no teeth but super sharp beaks- he had scars on his face from previous encounters. They weren´t so much loving the scrub! Later we got to see them feed the sharks and turtles which was cool. There was also a "touch me tank" (hee, hee!) where you could touch sea cucmbers, starfish, sea urchins and conch. That was cool. We also seen three sloths and one iguana in the little patch of jungle at the place as well. The whole place is on little part of one of the islands on the Amador Causeway. The Causeway is three different islands that are joined by material that was dredged up from the building of the canal. It´s really pretty with good views of the city skyline and the Bridge of the Americas that spans the canal. After we toured around Casco Viejo- one of the sites of the old city.
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Parts are a bit sketchy. The area we drove through to get there especially called (This might be wrong sp. ) La Corilla- a poor, poor area where tons of people are crammed into 100yr old buildings and there are little half naked kids standing on dilapadated balconies everywhere. Our cab driver turned around and locked our doors in the back seat. Casco Viejo is slowly being restored and parts of it are really beautiful with ruins and the traditional spanish buildings. So- it was a good first day. We are definately enjoying frequent cervesas and man does our spanish ever suck! We think we´re headed north to David tomorrow.

All for now- thanks for all the comments!

Love Amy

 

wes_amy says:
Thanks but i think you must have met someone else.
Posted on: May 07, 2006
PeteM says:
Shane and Amy!
Hi, unbelievable. I was mucking about with my travel blog, and accidentally clicked on a link reviewing cafes or something like that, and your page popped up. My name is Pete, the Air Force guy you met atop Volcan Baru on 1 May. Your travel journal is excellent and puts mine to shame - I just dont have the dedication. Good luck with your travels, I am sure we will see each other along the way.
PeteM
Posted on: May 02, 2006
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5ft wide room, $24. Hot as hell..p…
5ft wide room, $24. Hot as hell..…
wonder of the modern world
wonder of the modern world
wonder of the modern world
wonder of the modern world
aaahhh...that feels good
aaahhh...that feels good
cathedral doors
cathedral doors
the old city
the old city
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