Sailing San Blas
Posted on January 3, 2017
North of Panama, in the Caribbean Sea is the San Blas Islands. Made up of some 365 islands, most of which are uninhabited, the temperature there never falls below 68 degrees Fahrenheit and is an up and coming destination for young travelers.
That’s where I spent the New Year, on a sailboat.
Along with 12 others, a crew of 3 and a feisty Chihuahua named Peppa, we set sail for 4 days.
Sleep. Eat. Shower. We did it all on a 43 foot Atoll Dufour boat named Big Fish 2.
We stopped at a different island each day, playing volleyball, eating coconuts and meeting the native Kuna people.
I also celebrated my first Hanukkah!
For New Year’s we had a pig roast and firework show on a secluded island with other travelers. Parties were also known to happen on boats.
Though it was a trip to paradise, it was a nightmare getting there. I lost my luggage in Mexico City.
Flight delays and language barriers caused me to miss my connection. Then airport officials took my carry-on and due to my poor Spanish, I was unable to communicate that the suitcase had no id tags!
There I was with no carryon and stuck in Mexico City, waiting for the next flight out. When I finally touched down in Panama, I was informed my suitcase did not. It was missing. I was devastated. On top of that, I needed a swimsuit for San Blas (which we had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning for). With 20 minutes before the mall closed, I managed to Uber there, go to Forever21 and get whatever made sense for the trip in the morning. I felt like I was on Supermarket Sweep, grabbing things left and right. All the clothes you see me wearing in this post are from Forever21.
I still haven’t seen my luggage, but I do see the bigger picture. Starting 2017, I aim to let go of things that aren’t good for me. Bad food, bad people, bad thoughts. The loss of my luggage taught me that I’m adaptable. It was my first big trip alone and one of the worst things that could happen, happened. I’m thankful for every situation God puts me through. I use them as opportunities to learn and do better next time.
It also helps that there were good people on board to help me get through my mini crisis. Salud! To #GoSlingShot for putting such a great group together and an epic sailing San Blas trip.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!