Halloween 2014

Apparently, Halloween is kind of a big deal in Bocas Del Toro, and I’m not one to sit out of a good excuse for drinks and mayhem, especially when it involves fancy dress.

When I got to town I ran into a couple of familiar faces: Vreni and Carmen were still knocking around!

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I eased them into the night’s revelry with a quick game of Cards Against Humanity.
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Then it was over to the bar for a Tequila Suicide.
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Carmen sure is a sport!

You have to snort a line of salt, have lime juice poured into your eye and then drink the cheapest, nastiest tequila on the market.

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Carmen and Vreni’s hilariously half-arsed costumes!
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That’s more like it!!
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Well, they are German!
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That’s genuine fear on Vreni’s face.
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My utterly terrifying Halloween costume.
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Ah, that’s better, much more Darko.
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Right, that’s our costumes sorted. Let’s Bookstore!!

>>>LET THE CHILLI-CON-CARNAGE COMMENCE!<<<

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Bookstore Dave as Zombie Bon Scott of Acca-Dacca fame.

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Same again next year?

 

October 2014 II: Blue Skies and Red Frogs

It was only a couple of days before Teena from the US of A rose up from the ocean like a latter-day Venus and waded onto my boat.
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No really, there’s a sunken island just off the north west tip of Bocas town. It sunk in the early 90s after a big storm. At low tide you can walk on it… like Jesus!

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Wowsers.

We elected to stay in Bocas and the night progressed as one might expect, in a drunken and hilarious fashion.

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Introducing Trudy and Adam from AUSTRALIA (you’d never guess).

Somehow I knew we’d end up in Aqua Lounge…

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Oh Aqua.

Aqua Lounge is our school disco. They only play the worst music, and they play that exact same music every week.

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But it’s freaking hilarious, so we let it off.

The next day Teena and I picked up another two Couchsurfers, Daniel and Paty from Brazil, took them back to Jinja Island and we cooked up a storm!

20141026_213817It was Daniel’s birthday so we may have drinkied too muchy.
20141027_185108The next day I said my goodbyes to Paty and Daniel, and Teena and I headed for THE BEACH.
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And who should we bump into but Trudy and Adam from the other day.

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Son of a beach!
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Teena joins me in the shade, but isn’t happy about it.
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Perfect beach day!
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Yes, that’s me doing a handstand. No, really.

On the way back to the boat dock we even saw a Strawberry Dart Frog – the tiny amphibious wotsit what gives Red Frog its name.

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Look, but don’t lick.

Teena, being the good soul that she is, persuaded me to take Trudy and Adam back to Jinja with us.

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I wasn’t so sure…!

But first we travelled to Dolphin Bay together to see what we could see.

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And ladies, what did we see?

 

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Motherlovin’ DOLPHINS that’s what. Hell yeah Dolphin Bay!!

 

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Rockin’ out on a speedboat, with an ice cold beer, surrounded by Dolphins. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday afternoon…

 

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Of course when we got back it was time for a dip in Jinja Island’s own Starry Starry Bay.

 

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We actually ended up making two cakes for Daniel’s birthday, the second one after he left!

The next day everyone got their stuff together…

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See no evil…

It was time to say sayonara to Adam and Trudy…

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Maybe I should have chosen a less obvious shirt to sweat into.

And au revoir to Teena.

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“If you’re ever in the neighbourhood…”

But October wasn’t even over, we still had Halloween to look forward to.

Oh yes.

Oktoberfest 2014

But before long the tranquillity was invaded by these two: Carmen and Vreni from Germany. Their arrival was rather well timed as today was Oktoberfest at Rana Azul.

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Germans? At an Oktoberfest? Blasphemy!
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Janis was in high spirits (as always!)…
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Bill had been waiting all year to wear that T-shirt.
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Joseph bravely donned the lederhosen…
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Axel was also there representing the Teutonic brotherhood.
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Even Harvey Davidson Santa Claus put in an appearance…
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I doubt these two were even born when Trainspotting came out.
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Lorna Brookes looky-likey throwing shapes on the dancefloor.
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There was a floating traffic jam…
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To infinity and beyond!
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Scream if you wanna go faster!
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Lyn racing home on FISH (F*** It, S*** Happens)

The next day I took the girls out to Dolphin Bay

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Silly hat, pink shirt, private island. Still winning.
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I love it when the water is like this.
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Waiting for the dolphins to show up.
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Mi lancha es su lancha!

We didn’t see any dolphins, as sometimes happens in Dolphin Bay, so we thought we’d drop in on Bill and Janis.

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“Hey Janis, what do you think of my hat?”

Afterwards we returned to the island and I put Carmen and Vreni to work in the garden.

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Woohahahahaha!!

That night they made dinner and then I proceed to kick their asses at Shithead. Probably.

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I guarantee she’s not holding all the aces… ‘cos I’m holding all the aces!

The next day it was time to return these little poppets back from whence they came.

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20141023_133611And then it was back to Jinja for little old me.

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Hammock. Beer. Hemingway. Heaven.

Well, I didn’t want Campesino to worry.

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Aww look at his little face!

October 2014: The Stars and The Moon

By October of 2014 I was really getting into the swing of gringo life here on the archipeligo. Rana Azul on Sundays had become something of a weekly pilgramage for Bill, Janis and I. I wasn’t working there any more as Joseph, the owner (middle, yellow shirt), had discovered the joys of WorkAwayers.

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I didn’t mind. It cost me as much in fuel to get over there as I earned working!

A couple of days later I had the pleasure of hosting the delectable CouchSurfer Valeria from Colombia on Jinja Island.

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On the way to Jinja Island.

 

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Valeria bonded with Campesino instantly… she even gave him a (much needed) bath!

Even though the visibility wasn’t as good as it usually is, Valeria had a good old swim around the island, picking up invincibility stars along the way.

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Only for 15 seconds, mind you, and you’ll still die if you fall down a hole.

That night I awoke at 4am. Not quite sure why. I was on the couch downstairs and Valeria was upstairs in the big bed. I went to the loo and looked up at the moon… OH MY BLOOMIN’ HECK!!

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There was a total lunar eclipse going on! I had completely forgot. I shouted up to Valeria, hoping that she wouldn’t hate me for waking her up. Thankfully, she was as excited about it as I was.

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Thank heavens I happened to wake up when I did!! It was a beautiful cloudless night, the stars were crystal clear. Hello Mr Moon!

We took some pics and made ourselves some tea. I have lots of tea.

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The boathouse looking out over Starry Starry Bay.

On Valeria’s last day I took her over to Red Frog beach on the old speedboat.

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That’s Red Frog Marina in the background.

There we met up with Tori and Dave from the Eva Marie.

 

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What a lovely hammock!

 

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Dave’s like “Damn! Why can’t I be on that other hammock?!”

I even had a go on the “slack line” – the daftest method of transportation since the skateboard.

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I will be two steps on the slack line… and then fall off.

That night Valeria and I went out in Bocas Town. I introduced her to the El Buga parrot…
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The joys of Cards Against Humanity…

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Valeria just learnt what “dogging” means.

The Bookstore Bar…
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And on the way back the next day I saw this cloud that looked like a bird swooping down.
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Talking of birds, my favourite little chick Caska was really growing, enjoying her special lunchtime portion of corn, and being wonderfully polite about it.

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Goodnight Everyone!

Job’s a good’un. That evening I enjoyed a quiet, peaceful Jinja Island sunset all to myself.