- Average income is around $450/month. Property taxes are very little,
- 1st two children are educated (through college) free of charge,
- Medical & prescriptions are free.
- Prison costs 50 cents/day to cover food. If you don't have the money, your family can bring you food each day If you don't have family (or they won't bring you food), you starve. There is a cemetary next door.
2nd stop was the Panama Canal, and the reason that we went on this tour. Several years back we took a cruise that went through the Panama Canal, where we saw the operation from the inside, out. We wanted to also watch it from the outside in. I'll not bore you with all the details, but absolutely fascinating.
Panama is working on building a second canal for ship passage. Ships are growing larger every year and the super tankers are becoming such a size that they cannot pass through the locks. The number one commodity here, is actually a natural resource ... water. Panama is largely a rain forest. The water from the rain forest is required to run the locks in the canal and they are take all steps needed to maintain the forest as their growth, population and economy depend on it.
Then, back to the ship for more of the usual ... sit in the hottub, read by the pool, dinner, a comedy show, a little time in the casino and actually, went to bed early. All this fresh air is wearing me out.