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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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Staying at Friend’s Property in Keystone Colorado – Perfect Weather in July

People Enjoying a Music Performance at Keystone Overlook Summit (11,640 feet above sea level=3,548 meters), Colorado, USA

(July 1 – 9, 2019) There are two seasons in Colorado: 4th of July and winter, someone told me. “If you visit Colorado in summer, you stay and in winter, you ski.”

After leaving the Rocky Mountains,

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Prepaid Internet SIM Card – Bonaire and Curacao

My Experience with a Prepaid UTS Chippie Simcard in Bonaire and Curacao

(June – August 2018) The UTS Chippie store is easy to find in Kralendijk, Bonaire. There are many options for data and/or calling plans. I purchased a Chippie SIM Card (USD 7) and a 6GB data plan (USD 52),

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Curacao – Bug Free, Spanish Water Anchorage

(July – August 2018) Meditation at sunrise on the deck is for me one of the most valuable experiences of living on a sailboat. Doing meditation in Curacao, it is nice not to worry about bug bites. Feeling the morning calmness surrounded by water, I clear my mind and embrace a new day with dreams.

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Internet SIM Card in Trinidad – Digicel Prepaid

My Experience with Digicel Simcard in Trinidad

(February – May 2018) In Chaguaramas, Trinidad, I took a Maxi Taxi (Bus) to buy a SIM Card from the Digicel store at the West Moorings Shopping Mall. A SIM Card costs 44 Trinidadian Dollars (about USD 7) when you add 3GB data (for 30 days) with 200 local call minutes the cost rises to 289 Trinidadian Dollars (about USD 44) including tax.

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Bonaire in Summer

Bonaire was a brown island a month ago (late June) when we arrived here. Since then, it has rained often. It surprised me how much rain we have had in July. It washed down a lot of yellow dust from the boat. Brown mountains have changed to green mountains with fresh trees and bushes.

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Bonaire, Out of the Hurricane Zone

Escaping from hurricane season 2018 (June to November), we have chosen to stay in Bonaire, Curacao, and Colombia. This is our second time cruising in this area. It works with our scheduled goal which is “Crossing the Panama Canal in February 2019”.

People have often asked me what island is my most favorite.

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Hiking in St. John, USVI

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

(June 12 to 17, 2018) Visiting St. John Island, was not on our original plan.

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Meeting a Korean Friend in Saint Croix

(June 2018) When we were in Saint Croix three years ago, we met a Korean woman, Mia and her husband, Tommy. They built a beautiful waterfront house in St. Croix after retiring from Kentucky in the USA. They love SCUBA diving and an island life style. “Call us when you visit St.

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Full Moon Sailing to St. Croix, Ted Talks

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” — Pascal

(May 30 to 31, 2018) Night sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix, about 100 miles for 20 hours. Wind speed and direction led us effortlessly downwind sailing following in one direct line.

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