- Date: 2015/10/29 (Panama Canal on 2015/10/30)
- Port Name: Cristobal
- Country: Panama
- First time there?: Yes!
- What did I do?: Interpreting for a tour to the watch swamp animals and to witness the workings of the Panama Canal
So what happened was we first visited Cristobal city before passing the Panama Canal the following day. I was translating for a tour to visit how the Panama Canal works and the whole system of locks and rising and lowering of the water. It was really cool because unlike the Suez Canal where they essentially just dug and dug the ground to create a passage at sea level for ships to cross. Conversely, the Panama Canal involves a series of locks and gates that carries a ship up from the Atlantic to a lake at a higher altitude, then back down again towards the Pacific (or the other way round). The canal was undergoing expansion when we were there. I think now they have two lanes so there’s less traffic jams.
Passing through the Panama Canal. It was rainy. Staff had a day off because it was assumed that all passengers would be distracted by the passing sights (including Panama City from afar!) and naturally, they were. We played basketball on the rooftop court in the rain.
Postcard for the family:
Next port: Callao, Peru!