'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Through the Panama Canal
When I was 10 my parents took my sister and me to England. We went by ship and had a wonderful time enjoying the freedom of swimming, playing and eating what we liked for six weeks. The only rules were that we did our daily study from the Correspondence School, never stood more than one rung up on the rails around the sides of the ship, and were in bed by a certain time. I think my parents asked one of the stewards to check we were there, so it was a nice holiday for them too!
Going to England, we went on the S.S Oronsay via the Suez canal. I think the route was Auckland - Sydney - Manilla - Hong Kong - Singapore - Bombay (as it was then) - Aden - Port Said - Naples - Palma de Majorca - Tilbury.*
The return voyage on RMV Rangitoto was the other way: Colon - Panama - Tahiti - Auckland.
Unfortunately I got a bleeding nose due to the heat just as we were about to start through the Panama, and so missed most of it as I was sitting in the doctor's surgery having my snoz packed with bandages. So for my edification, and for any readers who have also not travelled through the Panama Canal, here it is.
In 75 seconds.
* Correct me in the comments Dad, if I got it wrong.