Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Last of the Beach Days

It’s the last of the beach days for a couple of months at least. I’m on the Caribbean coast of Panama in Bocas del Toro (Isla Bastimentos specifically) and thinking isn’t it funny that sometimes you really do have to say goodbye to a place (or person) to get perspective on how good (or bad) it really was. 

I’m not totally loving it here to be honest. Maybe it’s because I came from the most charming town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, where I made new friends and thoroughly enjoyed the slow pace and friendly vibes there. Maybe it’s because I’m hungry and there’s nothing to eat within a 40 minute walk and hanger is taking over (hanger = hunger + anger. It’s a real thing I promise). Maybe it’s because I’ve built Bocas up in my head for a long time and it’s suffering from high expectations. Maybe it’s because I’m ready to go home.

I’m trying to stay in the moment and take a lot of quiet time to myself since I’ve been alone. I try to blog often but the internet is slow and unreliable in this part of the world so I’m not online regularly. Instead I write down my thoughts and feelings the old fashioned way and transcribe them when I have the chance. I get the satisfaction out of privately journaling but I’ve also been missing blogging and being able to connect with others in real time.

In a few days I’ll be continuing the second part of this travelling adventure and I think it’s coming at just the right time. I’ll be settling into Tennessee for four months or so, living with my husband again (yay!!!!) and getting to spend some time with my in-laws. Because we’ve always lived so far apart I don’t know them as well as I’d like to, but that will change and I’ll be living in their garage apartment for the summer and getting to experience some southern American culture. Fishing, shooting, cowboys, and country music are calling my name…

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That’s the blog post I typed into my iPod just minutes before my backpack was stolen on the beach in Panama. It’s partly why I wasn’t vigilant enough about what was going on around me as I was still engrossed in my thoughts. I forgot that I wrote in actually since I got so swept up in everything that came after.

It’s been a few weeks since the theft went down and nothing has come from it. I met with the teenage suspect and his aunt who vehemently denied having anything to do with stealing my things. I offered to drop the charges if the kid brought back my memory card but sadly I haven’t seen it (or him) since and know that the photos are gone forever. The police on the island were a complete joke and did absolutely nothing to help me. Locals, in fact, were the ones who identified the boy and were so apologetic and angry for me as word got around town. 

After accepting that my things would never be returned to me I thanked those who had helped me and got the hell outta dodge. I took an overnight bus to Panama City where I’d be flying out of the city five days later. 
Casco Viejo Panama City
Casco Viejo, the old neighbourhood of Panama City
Now I’m sitting in my cute little apartment getting caught up on all things internet. Since I’ve been reunited with my husband we’ve been totally and obnoxiously wrapped up with each other ignoring the outside world. Also, as is obvious by now, I got back into the United States!!! Catch up here if you want the full story. I was so nervous waiting in line for my turn to speak with a customs agent. I flew into Miami, Florida which is apparently one of the worst airports ever and I kept hearing horror story after horror story from travellers who’d been through before me. 

All turned out perfectly fine though, with the exception of my main pack which missed my last connection and was delivered a day later, and now I’m sitting in a clean and comfortable apartment listening to the wind rustle the leaves through my open bedroom window. The weather is warm and I feel incredibly grateful to have skipped winter this year.

And you know what… about the theft thing… to walk into our new home here in TN, which M painstakingly fixed up for us while I was finishing the trip, and see clothes he’d unpacked for me hanging in our closet, and a kitchen stocked with groceries, and have hot water with amazing pressure when I went to take a shower…. it made me so appreciative of who and what I had in my life. To the kid who stole my bag, I hope you at least get use out of everything that you took and it’s making your life better in some way. 

Tomorrow it’s supposed to be sunny and 81 F (27 C) so we’re taking a day trip to M's favourite fishing joint, driving through the countryside with our sunroof open and music blasting, figuring out what we’re going to do with our lives, and probably stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. 

I think I’m gonna like it here...

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13 comments:

  1. Welcome to the good old USA ;)

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  2. I'm so glad to hear from you and that you're back safe and sound with M! :) Looking forward to hearing about the fishing trip!

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    1. Thanks hun! The fishing trip didn't quite happen partly because 1) I hate fishing and 2) see number 1 :P hehe... but we took a lovely drive and walk around his fave lake after going to an elk & buffalo reserve. Very random but cool pics!

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  3. Welcome to the USA! Enjoy being here and with your husband. I am glad you are in a better place about your things getting stolen.

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    1. Danielle @ The-Lifestyle-ProjectApril 30, 2014
      I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far :) And yes the inner drama girl in me has calmed down and gained some perspective (after many bottles of wine lol)

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  4. Sorry to hear you were robbed :( Being robbed is awful just on its own but to have it happen in another country is even worse. I'm glad you didn't get hurt and that your back safe and sound.
    Your weather sounds gorgeous! Please send us some of that heat because it's snowing here in the prairies! Ugh!!

    xo, Jackie
    www.stylemydreams.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes Jackie! I'm so fortunate that I didn't get hurt or threatened or anything, and now I'm back and loving it in my temp home! I sent that warmer weather your way, fingers crossed it reaches you sometime before the middle of June hehe.

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    2. Lol! A true Canadian knows how slow the prairies are to warm! I hope it gets here before June too! :)

      xo, Jackie
      www.stylemydreams.wordpress.com

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  5. Tennessee sounds perfect you! Things should go much smoother now that you're back with your husband. :-) Hanger! I always have those.

    Mo

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    1. Yup it's pretty great :) And yes, being hangry is a real thing right? hehe

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  6. This is amazing! I'm so glad you're reunited with your husband because I know how hard being away from each other can be! I'm glad you were able to get over your things being stolen. Sometimes, that's the worst.

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    1. Sometimes, but fortunately not this time. Being reunited has certainly helped take my mind off it too!

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