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... br> Now even Juan was hooked on it.
Ken and I laid back on one of the lounges on the bridge and chatted with Juan. Daniel climbed the circular staircase that led from the main deck carrying two ice cold beers and handed them to us. "Muchas gracias, Daniel." we thanked him. Throughout the voyage, Daniel was ever present, bringing us refreshing drinks, snacks, pillows and cushions to make our lives more comfortable. In the morning, ...
A few snapshots of our various amusements: some of what we do, between more serious pursuits here . . . and between many a feast with new friends . . .
This makes it look like we do nothing but loll about, and that is not entirely so. There is some sweet lolling in the mix, though, for sure!
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... healthy ecology. There is abundant, and diverse, birdsong. This is evidence that certain human neighbours haven't won the day. Insects still abound, and thus so do the birds.
I have even come to love ants here. If a cricket suddenly tumbles onto its side, having breathed its last breath, ants will appear out of nowhere, some silent (to me) signal guiding them to the site. They are like the turkey vultures of Parsi tradition.
The cricket ...
... on the bridge and stood to notice, my eyes adjust within a minute.
Soon, even as I stand above the water, I notice Sergeant Majors and sometimes a Cortes Angel fish and maybe an eel and often great schools of silvery bait fish. I learn to see better. All it takes is dedication to noticing.
One of my morning delights, in another spot, is watching the pelicans fish. One morning this week, I stopped, mid-walk, and just sat on the ...
... can reappear. The next morning, it can vanish again. There is no rhyme to the changes on shore. Every morning is a surprise as we head out to catch the dawn.
Whatever its elements, surprise and planned, physical and ethereal, it will be a happy Christmas.
It is easy here for me to be non-materialistic in Christmas ways. Food, and time together, are our gifts to neighbours. Thankfully, I don't get turned on by the surfeit of junk that crowds the town right ...