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That vehicle shipping thing

That vehicle shipping thing

The major overlander story coming out from Panama is usually regarding to vehicle shipping, dog shipping and flying down to Cartagena. As there is no way they will build a road through the Darien Gap, the interests of shipping companies and the Canal are too high, the...
Panama Canal Railway

Panama Canal Railway

Panama seems to be about two things, the Canal and the Banks these days. But its said that the Canal would have not been possible to build without the Panama Railway, which played a major role in the construction of the canal. The railway was built by the Americans...
4th grade pool party

4th grade pool party

This is Mike…We have been busy, the last week or so, running around, fixing my computer, school functions and getting ready for visitors. Now that the dust has settled I can finally get caught up on the blog. The weather has improved a lot making our time more...
Colonial Panama

Colonial Panama

The best place to experience the colonial Panama is in the old town called Casco Antigo or Casco Viejo. It is the oldest part of town inhabited today. It’s neighbouring the slums of El Chorillo, which is the poorest neighbourhood of the city, where the Americans...
Back to Boquete

Back to Boquete

It was time to return to Panama City and book our ride, well Big White’s ride to another continent. Back to the NYK office, Norton Lilly and started the booking process again. Everything flows slowly down here, don’t expect anybody to jump up and arrange...
Coco Art

Coco Art

On the way back from Portobelo we stopped by a place called Coco Art, ran by Luis a Colombian artist/diver. He brings up stuff from the bottom of the bay from shipwrecks and sells them in his gallery. Also he creates statues from various drift wood blocks, some of...
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

This is Mike…We had to cut our trip to Selva Negra short because Zoe got a stomach bug and was barfing all night long. We were worried that she was getting too dehydrated and decided to get back to the more familiar surrounding of Granada in case it was serious....
Selva Negra (Black Forest) , Nicaragua

Selva Negra (Black Forest) , Nicaragua

This is Mike…We Decided to take a break from Granada and go to the cool mountains of northern Nicaragua, near the town of Matagalpa. Elise did research on the area and booked accommodations at Selva Negra http://www.selvanegra.com/ prior to us going up...
Portobelo

Portobelo

On the way back to Colon we discovered that you can cross from Shelter Bay to Colon through a ferry service, free of charge and much faster than the road through the Gatun locks. The the road took us to the colonial port of Portobelo, a high importance place for years...
Shelter Bay

Shelter Bay

From the slums of Colon we drove to Shelter Bay (Chelter Bay how the locals call it). The drive goes by the Atun locks, crossing the Canal after some waiting time below the actual locks on some ancient metal bridges. We were lucky with the waiting time, about 20...
Colon

Colon

After Big White got its wheels back again it was time for a test spin and the road led to North of Panama City, Colon. Now Colon was not a high importance colonial town, actually its existence came to light at the mid 1800’s only as a starting point of the...
Sinsa, Nicaragua’s do it yourself center

Sinsa, Nicaragua’s do it yourself center

This is Mike…Sinsa is Nicaragua’s Lowe’s or Home Depot and as fate would have it, is actually owned by ACE Hardware. Funny thing how smaller brands in the US are major brands outside the US. Another example of a smaller or a bi-gone brand doing well...
So hot that the Devil called it quits

So hot that the Devil called it quits

This is Mike… I have been joking with friends and family about the heat in Granada. I usually draw giggles when I say, It’s so hot here that the Devil left town, and as he was leaving he looked over his shoulder and said, “Last person to leave...
End of the school year party

End of the school year party

This is Mike…We went to the end of school year party on the shores of Lago Colcibolca (Lake Nicaragua). The center of colonial Granada is situated just west of the lake within walking distance. The party was potluck style with the primary focus on games,...
Hurry up and wait

Hurry up and wait

Ran out of luck in Panama City and our van broke down. Ironically it happened on the way to the DIJ inspection after leaving the NYK – Norton Lilly office in hurry, to get our exit permit for the van, shipping was due in two days. First moments were spent in...
Tug’s Film Debut!

Tug’s Film Debut!

So in our last post introducing Tug, we got a lot of emails and comments that we didn’t include enough pictures of Tug. So we went back and asked Tug if he would like to share some words with everyone....
Transylvania Restaurant

Transylvania Restaurant

While everybody is raving about the German bakery by Lake Arenal, Costa Rica and camping/boon-docking by the lakeside, as we did a year ago, we just came across a new possibility at the Transylvania Restaurant. The friendly European owners of the place offer excellent...

Nicaragua border gong-show

Nicaragua border crossing into and out from the country is one of the biggest gong-shows in Central America. While last year it took lots of “no, no, no, noooo!” to stop them from spraying their carcinogen  fumigation inside the van, which ended up with...
Pulhapanzak

Pulhapanzak

From a one night stay D&D Brewery became a multi-night station. If one of the fastest internet is not enough reason to stay a bit more, there is the food, the relaxing atmosphere and of course there are lots of things to see around. Pulhapanzak waterfalls is one...