a week on a boat in the San Blas islands of Panama

Here’s some photos of a magical week spent in the company of Dominique and Carole, a wonderful couple that I’d met at Hostal Refugio del Río in Boquete. It was a great experience, and when I got back on land it was the first time I’d ever had “land sickness”, the whole of Panama was rocking from side to side! 🙂

Anyway, apart from the romanticism of sailing with the wind, without loud engines roaring and just the sound of the wind and the water lapping against the sides of the boat (we didn’t get into any strong gales, fortunately enough), living for a while on a sailboat is a great way to learn about being mindful of resources and trash. Everything is limited on a boat, the amount of drinking water and the amount you can produce, the amount of food (even fish isn’t always guaranteed, and there’s always something in short supply, either the carbs, the herbs and spices, the protein or the veggies), electricity, and especially space. If you’d like to learn about maximising space and its uses, get yourself into a couple of sailboats and/or camping cars and you’ll get some great ideas on how to maximise space! 🙂

Another interesting issue is that of waste. All organic refuse is just chucked overboard for the fish to enjoy (just like all toilet waste, which gets flushed straight out into the sea), but solid waste is a problem, and is dealt with in several ways. Paper, cardboard and plastic is taken to shore and burned, whilst glass is more of a problem, and as there is not enough space on a boat to just keep it until we find a recycling plant, which do not abound offshore anyway, bottles are carefully filled with salt water and thrown overboard in deep waters to sink and create funny shapes on the seabed for the fish to swim around and algae and crustaceans to grow on…

Anyway, here’s some photos of the experience that I’d like to share with you all. I hope you enjoy them!


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  1. #1 by Emilio on 27/02/2013 - 09:35

    Mmmmm… Jelly beans pizza. Awesome, mate. I can see your cooking skills are improving 😉

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