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Panama City II

Written on: Thursday December 3rd, 2009

A journal entry from: Cycle Mexico - Panama

November 22nd - 24th

On our final full day in Panama we visited the canal, linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. There was an interesting museum and we saw a couple of big ships go through the canal. The museum showed pictures of the canal being built and described the conditions of the workers. Many died of disease, but during this time a cure for yellow fever was discovered. The canal was started in 1880 under French supervision but abandoned and then restarted by the USA and finally opened in 1914. The USA eventually relinquished control to Panama in 1999. As we know the canal has been of huge political importance, due to its strategic significance alowing ships to bypass the 6000 mile route around the southern tip of South America.

The next day we packed up our bags and left for the airport. We left Central America bound for Chile. We had a great time in Central America, the journey has had its ups and downs but overall it has been a fantastic experience.

This is our last entry for this blog. We have very much enjoyed writing it and particularly receving all your comments, so thanks for that. Hope you can join us for the next leg of our journey, through South America.....

 

From Jenny, Aldus, Issy and Eva on Dec 4th, 2009

well done! congratulations. we've loved reading the blog. xxxxxxx

From Jean on Dec 15th, 2009

Congratulations on completing your journey! I have loved reading the blog. Also loved being with you both in Chile - it was a great trip and I enjoyed it very much. Look forward to reading the South America blog. Lots of love to you both.