Day 69 June 25

Countries 9    Hotels 33    Cars 44

Flights 20:flying time 59.34 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 12

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 34    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 5    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1

Over an hour queueing to check in for the flight to Panama this morning, I love Venezuela but it is so disorganised, and the flight was delayed by 30 minutes.  I had mistakenly booked a business seat, which I never do for a two hour flight, so I got served lunch on the plane, it was vile. As the plane was coming in to land I took some photos, these are the ships that have either come or are going, through the panama canal. The canal can just be seen in these, they are not very clear, but it’s the blue line across the top of the high rise buildings.

No one to meet me at the airport as I’ve organised the rest of this trip myself.  I had almost run out of cash, only twenty dollars left in my purse when I filled it up at the airport here.  The currency is US dollars here so I had planned to do this and once I had, I got a cab to the hotel.   I had a wander around where my hotel is, nothing worth photographing, it’s very humid and hot, had dinner then spent the rest of the evening planning what I am doing tomorrow.

As this is a short day I thought I would record the kindness of strangers towards me on my travels.  The chap who saw me waiting for my lift outside the airport and offered me his phone to make a call. The women who couldn’t believe I was travelling on my own and when we were waiting over an hour for our cases offered me some of her food, and a napkin!  The hotel guy who lent me his subway card because I couldn’t find any where to buy one. The people I have asked directions of, (I’m a terrible map reader) who almost take me to the street I want to go to. The check in women who printed out my next flight details because Panama immigration want to know when I’m leaving, when I arrive in the country. The guy who saw me trying to make sense of a subway map and showed me the way to go. When there is some awful stuff going on in the world it’s helpful to remember that humans are good.


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