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Sailing from Panama to Costa Rica on the Way to the Sea of Cortez

Approaching Naranjo Cove Near Cerro Hoya National Park in Panama

(February 11 to 22, 2021) The beauty of sailing is moving by wind power along. When all is under control and the wind takes us to a place, I feel fortunate. The other night, I saw five shooting stars and wished my dreams on each!

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Preparing for Sailing to Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Free Fish from Ocean, Fishermen, Our Neighboring Boat! Our cats were happy!!!

(January 15, 2021) We are back to the marina. A month long get-away in Las Perlas, was a reboot of our dreams which were fading during this COVID lockdown. Most of the islands/countries in South Pacific and New Zealand are still closed.

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Happy New Year from Las Perlas Islands in Panama

Cave in Isla San Jose, Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama

(January 4, 2021) While sailing in Las Perlas (Pearl Islands) in Panama, we have been out of touch for weeks. We found no cellular phone connection. Most of the time, we were the sole human beings on the islands, total seclusion with only the sound of waves and birds.

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Started Sailing in Las Perlas Islands in Panama

Sailing and Motoring to Isla Otoque, Panama

(December 21, 2020) Truth to be told for the last couple of months, I got addicted to political news on YouTube Videos. It was easy to do. Spending many hours watching videos made me feel bad. I don’t need to know the tips or cooking recipes suggested by an Artificial Intelligent Search Engine.

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Hiking in El Valle in the Central Panamanian Region

View of La India Dormida Mountain from Anton Valley, Panama

(October 12, 2020) We have been in Panama for far too many months. This is the longest time I personally have ever stayed in one place (other than in my home or on the boat visiting multiple countries.) As of today,

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Making Bright Days during Coronavirus Dark Days

Open-Air Social-Distancing Yoga Practice with Other Cruisers: (from Left) Dennis from Holland, Melanie and Jan from Germany, Rita from Belgium, and Myself from Korea/USA on Helipad in Vista Mar Marina, San Carlos, Panama

Hosting Simplified Kimchi Making Class on the Boat; Ingredients are Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Garlic, Ginger, Onion,

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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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