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Holiday on Isla Contadora

IMG_9039The rest of the week spent with the Botero family on Contadora Island was truly wonderful.  The family really enjoyed my little evening video reviews of the day, so I continued to make them. Continue reading

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Dive!

IMG_8748Unbelievable – I actually went for a dive!  No – I actually went for TWO dives!  If you know me, then you know this is a big deal and I owe it to a very patient dive instructor who managed to instil confidence and not only get me in the water, but also keep me under the water!  A big shout out to Guillermo Schuttke from Coreal Dreams on Contadora Island!  My first dive in 9 years after chickening out of many. Continue reading

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Bartolome Island: Pearl Archipelago, Panama

We were somewhat determined to visit the beach we were asked to leave yesterday.  There were no “Survivors” or crew in sight so we thought there would be no problem for us to sneak on to the “Tribal Council”  – however we did not reckon with the current.  Hah! Stumped again!

 

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Isla Contadora: Day 1

IMG_8455Contadora island is part of the Pearl Archipelago (The Pearl Islands) which are a group of many islands about 1 1/2 hour boat ride from Panama City.  I am so incredibly fortunate to be invited here for a week to celebrate Alejandro’s 50th birthday, together with his family.  The kids did not know I was coming, so it was a big surprise for them.  Especially Camilla who came over from Bogota to be here for her father’s birthday.  Walking into the apartment to surprise them was such a great moment! Continue reading

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Cerro Azul: Panama Highlands

IMG_0355Panama is really hot so I was surprised that less than an hour away it is very cool!  Alejandro and Claudia invited me to their holiday home for the weekend and I had no idea what a treat I was in for.  Cerro Azul means Blue Mountains and it is now mostly reserved as national park.  Continue reading

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The Panama Canal

IMG_0149The Panama Canal is not as big as I expected it.  I should clarify that. The canal is 77km long from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean, but the Miraflores lock area is not as big as I expected it.  It is very narrow, with only one passage each way made up of a system of 2 lock chambers that are 35.5m wide taking 2 steps up (or down).  Continue reading

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Arriving in Panama

IMG_8285Arriving in Panama was quite exciting.  I never dreamed I would have the opportunity!  Flying in was amazing and I could clearly see the 3 km Amador Causeway with the four connecting islands: Naos, Culebra, Perico & Flamenco. Continue reading

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