After Big White got its wheels back again it was time for a test spin and the road led to North of Panama City, Colon. Now Colon was not a high importance colonial town, actually its existence came to light at the mid 1800’s only as a starting point of the Panama Railroad, founded by the Americans. Once a highly educated city, most of its original population has moved out by the 1960’s and it is seriously deteriorated these days, although a massive restoration project began in 2014. If you visit in 20 years from now probably there will be visible improvements, for now its a shocking scene of slums. The Port of Manzanillo just 20 minutes from the city is a busy transportation hub, completely controlled by the Chinese and a shipping point in the close future for our van.

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I cannot describe the smell of the slums.

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A better looking street in Colon.

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That’s sewage water.

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Reality in Colon.

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There’s no place without Coke anymore.

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I guess many people have nicer cars that houses around here.

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Everybody wants to sell something.

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Panama has the chicken buses as well.

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Taking photos is taking risks sometimes.

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There was a time when Colon was a nice place.

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Some 100 years ago these were nice buildings.

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I guess every other car is a taxi in this country.

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Contrasts in Colon.

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Average building in Colon.