Trains, Busses and Ships: Traversing Panama three ways, part one

If our stop in Costa Rica was about natural beauty and wildlife, our time in Panama has been about the awesomeness of industry. Where Costa Rica has tourism, Panama has shipping. Since the Panama Canal opened in 1914 when about 1,000 ships passed its 48 mile stretch, in 2008 about 15,000 ships made their way from Atlantic to Pacific (or vice versa). But more on the Canal in our next post… On our first morning in Panama we docked in Colon. Our guide tells us that the city is basically being torn down and rebuilt and that, seemingly, is a…

Are you a cruisah?

It would be way premature to say yes and I’m not sure I would ever admit it even if I were (no offense intended for any cruiser friends out there), however, I was asked the other night if I ever wanted to get off this ship and at present the answer is undeniably no. Sure, we are pretty far south of the median age onboard and things wrap up around 10 pm but let’s be honest, I don’t often see the other side of midnight very often anymore. For my first cruise we chose Viking Ocean cruises. It is a…

Holiday Cheer

Over the holiday weekend, we spent a good deal of time talking about Christmases past and future.  Growing up in the northeast, and living in Colorado, I’ve grown accustomed to cold weather over the holidays (though I suppose those in New England experienced something more akin to what I’ve been experiencing over the past several years in San Clemente for the holidays). If we really pull this trip off, and do so with our current itinerary, we will be spending Christmases in the following places: Nice, France Perth, Australia Singapore Vienna, Austria Key West, FL USA Palm Springs, CA USA Somewhere…