The Cruise…

 

We left Ft. Lauderdale and headed toward Aruba. The waters of the Caribbean Sea are rough this time of year and even our cruise ship is affected. The order of the day was barf bags and a LOT fewer people at dinner!

Barf bag hanging by the elevator
Barf bag hanging by the elevator

We arrived in Aruba to rain, so we stay on board the ship and spent a quiet day at dock. Next stop, Cartagena Columbia. Former drug cartel head quarters and more recently a Secret Service mis-step location. For us tourists, a beautiful old city filled with color and charm.

A street in Cartagena, Columbia
A street in Cartagena, Columbia

Next stop, the Panama Canal and Panama City!! The entrance to the canal that we used was at Colon. I have only heard that as a tourist, we shouldn’t go there. It appeared as we sailed by, to be mostly a shipping port.

Sunrise in Colon, Panama
Sunrise in Colon, Panama

We entered the first set of locks and to someone who has never been through a lock, it’s a fascinating process.

Ships coming through the locks
Ships coming through the locks

Once past the locks, we sail through a large lake and into the next set of locks.

Close-up of locks
Close-up of locks

We arrived in the port of Panama City and took a tender to shore. We met up with Jainella Torrez from New World Real Estate and piled into her van for our 4 hour tour of Panama City.

Panama City, Panama
Panama City, Panama

Panama City has some 2 million people. More people live in the city than the rest of Panama. We were told the traffic is alway bad in the city, and in 2013 they were working on the new Metro System. When we go back, we will see if it has made a difference in traffic.

Traffic in Panama City, Panama
Traffic in Panama City, Panama

We were taken all around the city and even shown an apartment in Trump Tower. Yes, he has a tower in Panama!! That guy really gets around!!! During the 4 hours, Jainella answered hundreds of questions that we had about moving and living in Panama. All in all, it was a great tour and we feel, money well spent doing “research”. After our tour, it’s back to the ship and on to our next stop, Costa Rica. Took a tour and saw many different species of wildlife, including these two guys.

Costa Rica Alligator
Costa Rica Alligator
Costa Rica Bird
Costa Rica Bird

 

 

 

 

A few days at sea, heading north, and we arrived back in the states, armed with information and ready to make the most important decision either one of us has made since we got married….

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One thought on “The Cruise…”

  1. Thanks so much for posting this blog! I came upon it way too late to read them all, but I did read 3…. I think it is great what you are doing! I hope it all works out great for you, two!! Awesome adventure!!! Best of luck!!!

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