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…
20141010_222208Live music in the Bookstore…
20141010_225044And the inimitable Leon Barros…
20141010_230418All in all, a bloody good night.

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.

 

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