|Pauline, Teresa, Jen and Etienne. Coq au vin, first dinner in the thunderstorm.|
|Happy to have survived the 12 hour crossing to the San Blas.|
|First dip in the San Blas seas.|
We swam to islands as a group and visited the people who live on the islands, called the Kuna people. They inhabit 50 of the 360 islands that make up the San Blas and live off trading sea food, coconuts and handicrafts. It was incredible watching them fishing and then mooring up to our boat in their wooden sailing boats to intice us with seafood and handicrafts. Manfred and Petra bought 14 beautiful lobsters for dinner from them for $40! It was an interactive dinner time experience picking apart the lobsters legs and avoiding the stomach. I felt like the mermaid in Splash!
We were welcomed onto an island to buy a coconut which was then filled with rum (La Flor Cana, tasty Nicaraguan variety which we´ll never forget and always wished we bought a bottle home!). After much talking and laughing Julien completely wowed the Kuna people as he sang a Geraman opera song. Their jaws dropped and in return, they sang to us. It was a beautiful moment when you feel incredibly lucky to be alive and to share such a heart felt moment together. Of course, the rum was also taking affect at this stage and we got a little silly. Frank (buisness consultant) took the cake as mid dinner the jazz music ran through his veins, and he grabbed the pole and had a dance. Ace!
|Cruising the San Blas and sun blocking the lobsters back.|
|The Crew meets land.|
|Etienne exploring an island.|
|Getting some exercise on land on the way to meet the Kuna tribe.|
|The chief Kuna on the island with his proud seventh wife.|
|Manfred, getting us drunk on Coco Loco´s (rum filled coconuts).|
|The after affects of the Coco Loco.|
|Fresh lobster for dinner.|
|As Manfred said ¨Just another fucking island!¨|
|Kuna selling handicrafts.|
|Another swim from the yacht to the island with starfish!|
|Etienne, Lily and Paulina.|
As the sun set, we took the seasickness pills to prepare for the rough crossing to Cartagena. Luckily we had a fantastic 34 hour crossing. It was really smooth and we sailed for a significant part of it. It was a relief to see South America on the horizon after seeing no land and just the occasional fishing boat or giant floating logs. Thought a lot about Life of Pi during the crossing. The final 6 hours felt like an eternity as we were so close to Cartagena, yet travelling at 5 knots (which was our average speed) is not very time efficient! We sat back and had a rough can of stringy duck and beans (survival food!). Manfred and Petra called hostels for us which we were very grateful for. We felt Land Sick when we walked the streets of Cartagena and were glad for a nice bed and shower! We met up with the crew two days later to retrieve our stamped passports, swap details and say farewell. This is where the Colombian adventure began.
|Leaving the San Blas for Colobia. Panama on the horizon.|
|At last! Cartagena, Colombia after two days at sea.|