Our group has finally split up, with some people going home and some people travelling to other destinations. Now I Alana and myself have to write this blog by our selves. We will try to keep it short and sweet.
Northern Columbia was the place for goodbyes. After months of traveling together it was time to part ways and so we hugged and cried as the sun set on our last moments together. See you guys some time in the future and thanks for all the great memories) From ten people down to three, it was just myself, Alana and Frances left. However, on the wind you could hear the faint cries of Jess and Chris calling 'meet us in Costa Rica on the 26th' and we knew that our wolf pack would soon be stronger.
For those of you who don't know, it is nearly impossible to pass over land from Columbia to Panama so most tourists either fly or take a yacht, sailing down through the San Blas Islands and into Panama. The obvious choice for us was sailing,www.sailingkoala.com) we wanted and booked a five night / six day sailing trip.
After a breif yet reasuring meeting with our Columbian Captain and the other 11 travellers , it was time to organise our bags, buy some supplies and say our final goodbyes to South America. We turned up at the docks with our packpacks on, a surfboard slung over my shoulder and a bottle of rum in hand. With our gear loaded, we threw away our shoes, pulled anchor and set sail, gliding through the water and straight out the mouth of the river, leaving the highrises of Cartagena behind us. As we watched the land slowly slip away, I could not help but reflect on the amazing places, people and adventures that South America had shown us. It was a happy thought but kind
The yacht was great and Alana and I were given a private cabin with a man hole above our bed where we could climb up and onto the front hull. The captain Fabian was amazing and answered all my pesky questions about sailing (Look out Alana, i'm going to buy a yacht). His daughter Cristina, cooked and entertained us while on board. It was the yachts first voyage to the islands and we were blessed with calm seas and good breeze. The third member of the crew was Edwin and he was one of the most happiest and helpful deck hands that I have ever met. The twin hulls of the Cat made moving around easy and we found many places on deck to
After sorting out our cabin and having dinner, I took on a night watch shift from 10.00pm until midnight. While everyone was asleep I sat on the captains chair and looked out across the horizon, searching for the lights of other yachts and ships. With no light pollution to effect the sky, the stars presented me with a light show and one could even be so imaginitive to believe that a giant had scattered diamonds across the night sky just for me (Hungry Kids of Hungary pun ha ha ha Deano ha ha ha).
We sailed for forty hours through open seas and finally made it to the San Blas Islands at 5.00am on the third day. We past through the outer reef and saw the remains of other yachts that had crashed due to the rash actions of their captains. We had full confidence in Fabian. We went snorkelling around the reefs and found a range of marine creatures amongst the coral. The list included, crayfish, wrasses, butterfly fish, damsel fish, moray ells, parrot fish, baracodas, lion fish, christmas tree worms and in
The next few days were spent snorkelling and exploring the Islands of San Blas. We walked down deserted beaches and met the local 'Kuna' people who sold us Crayfish and Crabs from their dug out canoes. Our experience was excellent and it was great to bond with the other tourists on our yacht. They included a Swiss couple, a Dutch couple, two Canadian girls, a German guy,
After six days on the yacht, we said our farewells, loaded our bags and took a boat and then a jeep ride all the way to Panama City (about 3hrs). The girls devoured the shopping centers on the first two days and I even treated myself to some new shorts (I was told that the state of
The final leg of our 'Round the World' trip has started off in real fashion and in nearly 24 hrs Jess and Chris will join the crew for more misfit adventures. Until next time, you stay classy!!