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The Stars and The Moon

 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.

Talking of birds, my favourite little chick Caska was really growing, enjoying her special lunchtime portion of corn, and being wonderfully polite about it.
That evening I enjoyed a stunning Jinja Island sunset all to myself.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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