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A colourful morning

Date: 12.01.2023
Author: Vanessa
Position: San Blas Islands, Panama
Geographical position: N 9°32.97 W 78°57.16
Etmal: 6045 nm
Ship: Regina Maris

When I woke up, I thought it would be a normal morning. But it wasn’t. The most of us got woken up because of loud noises on the main deck and when we came up, it was very colourful and a couple of local people visited us. They brought their hand made souvenirs with them. For example souvenirs, decorated bags, molas and bracelets. The most of us had the problem, that they had no more dollar, because of that they weren’t able to buy something. These ones who had money bought beautiful things for their own or their family and friends at home.

Relaxing in paradise

Since we haven’t checked in, we enjoyed our morning on a lonely island. We swam there in groups, which was very exhausting because of the waves and the wind from the front. When we came there we were excited about the beautiful palm trees and the colourful water. Sadly there is much plastic trash. We also harvested a coconut and opened it then with a stone. It was very tasty! Then we enjoyed the silence of the island for a while until we swam back. The way back was luckily much easier because of the waves and wind from the back.

A different lifestyle

After our lunch we had different opinions for our afternoon program. We could choose between visiting the village and go sailing with the local sailing boats, playing volley ball or soccer. The once who had choosen to go sailing with the locals, first visited the whole town and got an introduction about their live. Then the guide showed us his home and then we started sailing with their handmade boats. The sailing boats are looking like canoe with a mast and the sail is looking like it’s a bed sheet. After a very funny drive with these boats we had a bit time to have a look at the island on our own.

Sleeping on a lonely island

Our evening started very stressful, because we had to pack our things for one night on the lonely island. When we arrived there some of us already started to build up the tents and the different spots for sleeping. Some of us slept in their tents and the other ones slept in the open air. We also had a campfire where we enjoyed some snacks and candys.

P.S.: Anita: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Papa, ich habe dich lieb.

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