October 2014 – Part 1
By October of 2014 I was really getting into the swing of gringo life here on the archipelago. Rana Azul on Sundays had become something of a weekly pilgrimage 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.
Valeria bonded with Campesino instantly… she even gave him a (much needed) bath!
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.
It was a beautiful cloudless night, the stars were crystal clear.
Hello Mr Moon! Thank heavens I happened to wake up when I did!
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.
That night Valeria and I went out in Bocas Town. We crashed a house party, played a round of Cards Against Humanity, enjoyed some live music at the Bocas Bookstore, I introduced Valeria to Bocas legend Leon Barros and we shared a beer with the El Buga parrot.
All in all, a bloody good night. On the way back to Jinja Island the next day I saw this cloud that looked like a Liver Bird swooping down.