San Blas Islands, Panama

Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 04, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010

032210: Cristobal, Panama:  While we were long asleep and after loading supplies and fuel, the ship left port at 4:00 AM for the San Blas Islands. 

032210:  Somewhere in the San Blas Islands, Panama:  We arrived late morning at a very small island, one of the 49 inhabited out of a total of 378 San Blas Islands.  The islands have been home to the Kuna Yala Indians since they fled the mainland during the Spanish invasion of Panama.  We got a strange feeling as we saw the faces of fellow passengers getting back on the ship after being on the island.  I asked, "How was the island?"  "Aah, interesting," said one guy.  Another lady said, "Very hot."  Body language says a lot.  We boarded a tender at 13:30.  The island was barely above sea level and completely covered with shacks and a few palm trees.  The heat and humidity were stifling on the tender and on the tiny, windless island.  We wondered through the narrow dirt alleys between rows of shanties, scattered with potholes that were filled with dirty water.  Bone bought some molas (brightly colored embroidered clothes) from a Kuna Yala Indian lady.  It is interesting to note that the Kuna Yala were used to not wearing much clothing, mostly body paintings...that is, until missionaries persuaded them to wear clothes.  Now, the molas are worn as clothing and depict the body paintings.  Bone paid two dollars to have me take a picture with her camera of her & Tom standing by an old Kuna Yala lady next to a small child.  The child was sitting in a small tub of water with a parrot on top of it's head.  Thatched huts with dirt floors.  No vehicles of any sort.  Outhouse toilets built out over the salt water sea.  Garbage floating in the water.    I soon understood why we had to have inoculations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis A & B, plus anti-malarial pills just to visit San Blas!   Forget about snorkeling or diving in that water!  It was so hot that we left for a tender soon after.  Back aboard ship, Captain Brunon asked me about my experience on the island.  Strange, he had never done that before.  I told him my view and he shook his head in disappointment.  He thanked me for my advice to stop at another San Blas Island in the future, an idyllic one.  One like they showed in the travel brochures.  Otra cerveza por favor!

032310 @Sea day:  Rough seas, high waves, some crashing over the bow.  I caught one large wave over bow on movie mode.  Bone not feeling well.  We went to bed early at 9:30 PM.
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Gail on

Walt, thanks so much for all the special pics and your postings,, the pics about made up for when you posted my belly to the world from the net a few entries ago!! Ha ha ha. Does that wristband indicate I need a bench meeting with you??? I sent you my new song in email,,,,, (created today as I tried to open business emails, to be sung to "We are Sailing" (slightly improved lyrics from the email I sent earlier...) :

I am sailing, I am swaying,
Without a ship, without a sea,
I am swaying, reading emails
Thinking happy hour will start at 3:00!!

Sing one for me honey while you drink one of Danny's great Bloody Marys, and give an extra big hug to my home team and lovin buddies on board!! Needless to say, sleeping with my big dogs last night was not quite as nice as the rockin and swaying nights on the ship!! Sounds like you all had a rockin night yourselves, hope it calms down for you all.
Gail and the big dogs in Austin

Sing one for me honey, and give an extra big hug to my home team and buddies on board!!

Sue and Ed on

What a hoot. We know about swaying and rocking on land -- it took at least 3 days for the earth to stand still. Well, now we have to add Cartagena to our A-list. But it won't be he same without our shipboard buddies. Cheers, and keep on havin' fun.

Lisa Dezzy on

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