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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Friday, October 27, 2006

"Pinch me...!"

....the two words that pretty much sum up our canal transit on De Vrouwe Christina...wow!

Our long weekend on the Canal and in the City was PERFECT: the transit was flawless, the canal was gorgeous as always, and our time in Panama City was spent catching up with friends and enjoying our favorite places (and stores!).

Only in Panama could we do all of the following things in one whirlwind weekend:

1. wake up in the morning on the Caribbean, fly to the Pacific, then bus to the Caribbean, so that we could deliver a yacht to the Pacific

2. Reunite with friends we met in at least four different countries

3. Stuff ourselves on mouth-watering sushi for 7 bucks a person - and order plaintain-wrapped salmon rolls!

4. Go shopping in the fabric underground downtown and run into a Kuna family we know

5. Wake up on Lake Gatun, anchored out on an 8-million-dollar yacht, and eat grapes and prosciutto while watching ships transit the Gatun locks

6. Buy fruit-scented bras on Central Ave for 59 cents each that say "over-getter" (?) and "True Love" all over them

7. Drag the owner of Bocas Marina through seedy parts of Panama City in search of the perfect #10 zipper

man, we'll miss this country!

here's a shot from our flight into P.C. - the canal luring us in one last time -

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