Panama City was an interesting experience...

 

We all flew in, met and spent the night in a hotel

 Hotel View

 

 then drove through the city to Balboa to meet the Sonne.

          City 1

          City 2

 

We spent half a day waiting at the port

          Marina

          Pilot ship

          Me and the docks

          Silke, Sophie, and Doro

          Natasha, Julia, Nathan

 

Then went into the Pacific to queue for the Panama Canal

          Many ships wait

          Pilot Ship leaves

          Smog in the city

          Mountains north of Panama City

          Pelicans above the water

          Smog in the city 2

          Ship out my window

          Girls (Jenny, Sandra, Julia, Gema, and Lea) watch the city

          Pelicans and the fantail

          Me and the city

          Sunsetting:   1

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We finally begin to move into the canal after dark

          City lights:   1

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And then we approach the first set of lochs

          Loch lights

          Nearer picture

          Guiding train 118:  1

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          Water rising

          Loch set 2

          Closing gates

          VEGA

          Loch view

          Welcome hut

 

Then a misty fog rolled in, so we waited until morning to continue the journey through.

          Morning view

          Towers on the bank

          Mist in the river

          Good-bye lochs

          Me and the bank

          Mist in the river 2

          Doro and Stefan on the PileDeck

          Bridge on the bank

          Sandra, Julia, and Jenny and the bank

          Girls (Sandra, Julia, Jenny, and Allegra) on the PileDeck

          Murky lake

          Me and the lake

          Roping the Sonne

          Me and the tourist center

          Atlantic Welcome hut

          Final loch

          Me and the Loch:   1

                                      2

           

           

And then we left Panama, and began ‘science’...

          Away in the Atlantic

 

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