Just this morning on the bus I was reading about the Panama Canal in one of my guide books, so it was perfect timing when my aunt emailed me saying that my cousin (on Semester at Sea) would be passing through the canal today. True I’ll get to see the system of locks in person later this month, but seriously, how cool is it that she gets to pass through it on the same boat that has carried her around the world? Thanks to the live webcam I got to see it all happen (update: I was able to record it in screen captures). Gotta love technology!A true feat in engineering, the Panama Canal was created as a waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through a series of locks. It is 47.9 miles and took the MV Explorer about 10 hours to pass through.Bon voyage, Nicole! . . . back on US soil on Sunday!