Living for the Next 10 Years under Corona Virus Lockdown?

Reading the daily Corona Virus updates, I am wondering if this New Mask Wearing life will continue for a decade. Corona Virus Version 1 could be followed by Version 2, 3, or more… I hope not.

Three months ago, I naively assumed this Corona Virus lockdown would end in a month.

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Re-opening Plan in Panama

Mangoes and Coconut Found during the Walk, Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

We have postponed our sailing to French Polynesia until next year.

The best time to sail from Panama to French Polynesia is from February to June. As of right now,

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COVID-19 Effect: No Sailing without Charts

Vista Mar Marina during Coronavirus Lockdown, San Carlos, Panama

(May 26, 2020): Panamanian lockdown Day #63. Coronavirus! Things were all going well until this pandemic lockdown was declared. Since March 25th, we have been under curfew in Panama. The only time we are allowed to go out is either for grocery or medication shopping and then only for a few hours on a certain day/time frame.

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Flu Shot Season: Ready for Panamanian Winter

During this Pandemic, I focused on improving my immune system. Vista Mar Marina and Golf Resort, San Carlos, Panama

Panama is located in the Northern Hemisphere. Strangely, Panamanians say that their winter starts in April and ends in November. At first, talking to local people,

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Waiting for Freedom of Movement in Panama

Waiting for a Beach Volleyball Game: New Basketball Purchased (No Volleyballs Available) just before the Coronavirus Lockdown. Coronado, Panama

Sailors and employees in the Vista Mar Marina (Panama) are healthy and safe. We are grateful for it. We have been following the Panamanian Movement Restrictions.

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Living with 24 Hour Curfew in Panama

Practice as if my life is depended on it.

Meditation Practice, Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama
Melanie is from Germany on S/V Tore, She and her husband took two years of sabbatical from work in order to sail around the world.

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New Nationwide Movement Restrictions in Panama

COVID19 Movement Restrictions in Panama
(Women on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Men on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays)

Effective April 1, 2020, new movement restrictions will begin in Panama. Both Women and Men are allowed to go for essential shopping on separate days. On Sundays, everyone must stay home. Designated movement times are depending on the last digit of your Identification Card (National ID or Passport).

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Keeping Social Distance in Panama

What can I do to make my day bright? Is it avoiding listening to the media?

I have watched so many YouTube videos in the last two weeks, more than I have watched in my whole life prior to this “Coronavirus Pandemic”. I did learn a lot,

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Pictures from Panama Canal Crossing – Bunny and Fox

Bunny and Fox: Our Boat “Bad Bunny” and a Belgium Boat “Fox” in front of the Big Freighter “Maersk Bali” in one of the three Pacific Side Locks

(February 9 to 10, 2020) We enlisted an agent to aid us in the panama canal crossing paperwork. The process was painless on our side,

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Pictures from Old Panama City (Casco Viejo)

Panama City View from Hotel Swimming Pool in Old Town Panama City, Panama

Since my last blog, we have been very busy. We crossed the Panama Canal from Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean. It was a lot of work preparing for the Canal Transit. Crossing the canal was a huge experience.

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Pictures from the San Blas Islands in Panama

One of East Coco Bandero Islands, San Blas, Panama. Tourists can sleep overnight in a small building on a hammock.

Small building with palm fronds and solar panels. Coco Bandero Island, San Blas, Panama

Hammocks in the Building on Coco Bandero Island, San Blas, Panama

View from my cabin looking at the Island where we buried my cat,

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Pictures from Santa Marta, Colombia

Sculpture by the Beach in Santa Marta, Colombia

Souvenirs Made from Venezuelan Money, Santa Marta, Colombia

Street Vendors on the Main Street, Santa Marta, Colombia

Street Vendors on the Main Street, Santa Marta, Colombia

Sancocho, A Type of Typical Colombian Soup

A Shot during a Break for Hiking for River Tubing,

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Joined Gym Membership in Santa Marta

Rumba Class (Instuctor: Luis Marrugo) at Santa Marta Fitness Center, Colombia

My recent hobby is going to the gym; because, a work-out makes me feel good. While staying in Santa Marta, I decided to join the fitness center. A temporary membership cost about USD 25 (= 80,000 Pesos for 15 uses in two months ).

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Very Windy Santa Marta, Colombia

Wind blows plastics bags uphill to get stuck in the brush.

It has been extremely windy in Santa Marta, blowing easily 30 to 40 knots at the marina for a week now. Sometimes, almost to 50 knots. Definitely not smart walking with a dog or a kid. When I was in 2015,

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Drinking Water, Fruits and Vegetables in Santa Marta

Plastic bags of drinking water are economical.

The Central Market in Santa Marta is busy and alive. Fruits and Vegetables are real tasty here. Tomatoes taste like tomatoes and Pineapple melts in your mouth. We have been eating lots of fruits. Making a big jar of Salsa with fresh Cilantro,

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Welcome Aboard, Santa Marta, Colombia Part Dos


S/V Bad Bunny at Santa Marta Marina, Colombia

I am back on the boat. Good or bad, I chose to live this way. Some challenges and some incredible experiences. During my absence on the boat, John’s Spanish skills improved greatly. We lost one cat, and now have only the other cat,

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Year 2020 – Wishing You LOVE and PEACE


Leaving Fort Lauderdale Airport on January 1st, 2020.

(January 1, 2020) New Decade, I started a new chapter in my life today. Fort Lauderdale Airport was quiet on New Year’s Day: one way ticket to Santa Marta via Bogota, Colombia. John’s sailboat (in Santa Marta) has been waiting for me.

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Pictures from Gainesville Area in Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (*There are Buffalos here.)

Campground in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Display of Shells, Florida Museum, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Korean Art Room,

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Pictures from Atlanta, Georgia

Streetcar (Fare: $1, One Day Pass: $3), Atlanta Georgia, USA

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) Train, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Centennial Olympic Park Music Fountain, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Wall Display in CDC Museum in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarter,

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Pictures from the Music City, Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

(July 15 to 17, 2019) “History buffs, music lovers and foodies alike… There is something for everyone in Tennessee’s capital city.

Nashville’s music history began in the 1820s with hymnal publishing. In 1892, THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, originally named the Union Gospel Tabernacle,

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