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Email: Greetings from El Valle, Panama

Posted on Jan 21, 2011

When last we wrote we were in Panama City making do with the extreme weather and the havoc it was reaping on our plans. We were notified on Saturday morning that the other activity that we had booked prior to leaving the US, national park rain forest hiking and river rafting, was also canceled because of the rain storms of the preceding few days. So we spent that afternoon making inquires about other possible day trip options. The one that was the most interesting and had the fewest weather issues was a trip to the town of El Valle.

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Email: Greetings from Panama City

Posted on Jan 21, 2011

Lauren and I are in Panama City on a five day trip to celebrate our December birthdays and completion of her finals. We flew here on Thursday and upon descending into the airport at about 9pm that night I was struck by the views of both the tall skyscrapers making up the Panama City skyline and all the ships sitting off the Pacific coast, presumably wanting to transit the canal. The city is very modern and clean and our B&B is located on a hill where the military officials used to live when the US had control of the canal zone.

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Email: Greetings from Vancouver

Posted on Jun 30, 2010

After 84 hours and about 2,800 miles of train travel we arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia at 8:30am this morning, about one hour ahead of schedule. When I last wrote we had been in Winnipeg, Manitoba, slightly less than halfway through the trip. The scenery, which had been rolling hills, lakes and streams to that point, had already flattened out as we reached Winnipeg. As soon as the train left the city at mid-day, we immediately began to travel through prairie farmland with waves of yellow canola plants with a few purple flax mixed in. It literally looked like a Van Gogh painting.

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Email: Greetings from Winnipeg

Posted on Jun 30, 2010

We are in Winnipeg, Manitoba for a four hour train stop on our journey from Toronto to Vancouver. This gives us the opportunity to get off the train and see the city. Darren is out running along the river and I am exploring the downtown area. We are about 33 hours from our train starting point of Toronto. Our time there was interesting to say the least.

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Email: Greetings from Buenos Aires

Posted on Mar 20, 2010

Darren and I are traveling in South America for two weeks, visiting Argentina , Paraguay , Brazil and Uruguay . Our first stop is Buenos Aires , which we reached via a 10-hour overnight flight from Dallas . We arrived here Thursday morning, and after paying the new $131 ‘entry fee’ each that has just been imposed on Americans and taking an airport bus about 20 miles to the downtown and our hotel, we settled in for an afternoon of sightseeing.

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Email: Greetings from Encarnacion, Paraguay

Posted on Mar 20, 2010

When we last wrote we were in Buenos Aries. After our third and final day there we made our way, via the subway, to the central bus station just as it was getting dark. We had tickets to board a bus, scheduled to leave at 9:45pm, heading to Posadas, Argentina which is about an 815 mile, 14 hour trip away. Then we drove across a very modern bridge over the Parana River about three miles to the Paraguayan border.

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