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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
On Valeria’s last day I took her over to Red Frog beach on the old speedboat.
There we met up with Tori and Dave from the Eva Marie.
I even had a go on the “slack line” – the daftest method of transportation since the skateboard.
That night Valeria and I went out in Bocas Town. I introduced her to the El Buga parrot…
The joys of Cards Against Humanity…
The Bookstore Bar…
Live music in the Bookstore…
And the inimitable Leon Barros…
All 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.
Talking of birds, my favourite little chick Caska was really growing, enjoying her special lunchtime portion of corn, and being wonderfully polite about it.
Job’s a good’un. That evening I enjoyed a quiet, peaceful Jinja Island sunset all to myself.