Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Man, A Plan, A Canal.....Panama

A Man, A Plan, A Canal.....Panama

Spell that whole phrase backwards and what do you get?  

So on May 3 (tomorrow) we will be traveling through the Panama Canal and you can watch it happen via live webcam:

Cool, right?  It should take us about 9 hours to get through the whole canal and I think we'll enter around 9:15 AM or so.  

The rest of Guatemala was lovely.  What a beautiful country.  I love Central America and I would love to go back and spend more time there.  Three days just wasn't enough time.  There were active volcanoes and beautiful flor and fauna everywhere.  We pulled over to the side of the road to take this photo of the erupting volcano: 


Three days ago I went to the black sand beach and two days ago I went to Antigua for a Mayan calendar workshop.  Antigua was absolutely charming.  Cobblestone streets, old buildings and churches, a fantastic park with fountains in the town square and of course coffee.  

After the calendar workshop, we had a couple hours of free time before heading back to the ship.  Janetta happened to be in Antigua too with another Semester @ Sea trip.  She was calling my name as I was walking through this beautiful little courtyard, and it was so wonderful to find my friend in a foreign town.  So we sat down and had a rich, wonderful cup of coffee and rich, wonderful conversation. 

We have truly come full circle.  In late January, Biscuit Zella and I were jumping on the beach in Spain (Tarifa).  And the other day we were jumping on the beach in Guatemala (Monterico).  There were a lot of parallels.  Same three friends.  Same jumping with our arms up. Same language spoken in both countries.  Same beach setting.  


I felt a peaceful sort of zen yesterday in Antigua.  It was nice and cool there, which was refreshing after being in the scalding sand on the hot, hot beach.  I learned about my birthday in the Mayan world.  They use a 260 day calendar.   They believe that everything was created from corn.  They blend this belief with Roman Catholicism to create an incredibly interesting and unique religion.  So if you wonder if the world is ending in 2012, based on the Mayan calendar, you're not alone.  Those Mayans were smart and they predicted many things.  The world ending in 2012 has been discussed for centuries.  The instructor believes that 2012 will mark the end of the Corn Era.  

The beach was extremely hot and I had blisters on my feet from the sand.  It was like running through hot charcoals.  The waves were ten feet.  There was a very dangerous undertow.   But Biscuit and I were pretty happy to be spending one of our last days on this journey in this spot:

May not be the end of the Corn Era for me, but it's almost the end of the Semester at Sea Era. Four more days until I start my next journey......and the saga continues..... 

3 comments:

Dara said...

Glad you're almost home!

Rebekah Chow said...

WEird, but I think I recognize your friend Biscuit. Did she attend SIT (School for International Training)? Or maybe she worked there?

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