Days ago while driving, I heard an interview of a Panamanian painter from a local radio station. He said, ”people need to know that we are much more than the canal.”

Despite this fair claim, most tourists think of the canal when they think about Panama. As today was my last free day here, I decided to check it out.

We were lucky – when we arrived, two ships passed by in a row. Watching the coordination between the water level changes and opening of the gates convinced me of the serious achievements in engineering that enabled this routine passage.

While people at the outlook were excited about taking pictures of the passing boat, the workers on the boat seemed excited about taking pictures of us.

@esclusa Miraflores, panama, February 24, 2018