// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
BOCAS TOWN BOCAS DEL TORO From Costa Rica I crossed a small river into Panama and then caught a boat to the islands of Bocas Del Toro (meaning 'Mouth of the Bull'). These are a series of tropical islands, surrounded by remote beaches, accessible only by boat, and home to a great diversity of animal life. Below you'll see beach crabs, dolphins, sloths, and parrots. The guest-house I stayed is also below. One bit of trivia, Princess Angela of Liechtenstein was born here. When she married the Prince of Liechtenstein in 2000 she became the first woman of African descent to marry into a European royal family.
PANAMA CITY From Bocas Del Toro I took an overnight bus to Panama City, the capital of Panama and the gateway to the famed Panama Canal. Founded in 1519, the city was also the gateway for Spain in its conquest of the Incan Empire to the south in Peru. Below you'll see both the old historic quarters of Panama City and the modern skyline. You can see some of the colorful city buses, as well as the balcony of the apartment I rented here. And in the final three photos you'll see the Panama Canal itself, which was first started by France in 1881, but was ultimately finished in 1914 by the United States, who took sole control of the canal despite protest from Panama (which occasionally resulted in armed conflicts). The US seizure of the canal zone also almost led to war with Colombia, as Panama was originally part of Colombia but the US sent warships to prevent Colombia from sending troops to the Panama region, then supported separatists by recognizing Panama as an independent nation, and then bullied that new nation into allowing the US to control the canal 'indefinitely' despite the protests of the newly sovereign Panamanians. Roosevelt seemed to recognize there was no moral authority in what the United States was doing to Panama when he famously said 'I took the Isthmus, started the canal and then left Congress not to debate the canal, but to debate me.' The canal was finally returned to Panama in 2000.