Caribbean Camping

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Dec 22, 2011

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Flag of Panama  , Kuna Yala,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sometime during the night the rain blew in and washed out our plans for later in the morning.   We set off in the boat to uninhabited Pelican Island for some snorkeling and lunch that would be delivered by local Kuna Indians.   As we neared the reef separating Iguana from the main waterway, strong wind and rain kept us from going ashore.   Plan B to continue to the island from which lunch would originate came into effect and we headed there instead.  

We docked in a Kuna village similar to Nalunega…run down thatch huts, sand streets, and dozens of children playing.   Do these kids not go to school?  The food that would have been delivered to Pelican Island comes from this village and we actually ate at its exact place of origin.  Anyone eating red snapper  on a serene deserted island with a backdrop of clear water and palm trees would not give a second thought to where it was cooked.   Sitting in the actual belly of the kitchen beast in this depressing town made me realize just how low living in Vietnam has lowered my food hygiene standards.    This place was definitely same same but different…just substitute Vietnamese for Kuna, build some concrete shacks instead of thatch huts and xin chao Vietnam.   That means hello by the way,

We arranged ourselves on saggy, dirty wood planks supported by milkcrates and sitting at an angle was the only way to keep my flipflops out of the mud that doubles as floor décor.   The tableware was still wet from water that I am sure is mined from the aquaturd surroundings and mangy dogs sniffing around the food entered the thatch hut at random.   This could really be any food stand in Vietnam and I didn't even hesitate to unwrap my tinfoil package filled with delicious fish and onion sauce.  I take that back, stray dogs don’t visit a food stand in Vietnam so maybe this doesn’t quite rise to the same same but different category.   I just piled rice into the bowl, let it absorb all that tapwater goodness, and prayed for the Kuna gods to show benign mercy on my intestines.   The food went down just fine and even better stayed down just fine.   Evidently living in Vietnam is good for building an iron stomach as well.

After lunch the sun came out and we motored on an hour and a half to uninhabited Iguana Island for our overnight camping.   This place is amazing…palm trees, white sand, no bugs and peace and quiet.  Keep the cruises and all inclusive resorts…My Caribbean is a small San Blas Island the size of a WalMart with endless views and clear water  (and best of all no surf lurking aquaturds).

How I got here:
Nalunega to Kuna Village by boat - 1.5 hours
Kuna Village to Iguana Island by boat - 1.5 hours

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