I am writing to you from the San Blas islands on the stern sun deck of the 85 foot Yacht Independence.
The sun is slowly ushering in the moon through brilliant pinks, oranges, and light blues behind clouds the size of mountains.. The sea is calm and I can hear nothing but the gentle caress of the waves on the steel hull below.
The tranquility and solitude is almost overwhelming.
All I can think of is how transient and beautiful this sunset is and how lucky I am to have landed this job. Check out this article to learn how I did it, Work For Passage Across The Darien Gap.
Although the pay certainly isn’t the 3000 Euro/month wage that is average for a deckhand on a luxury yacht, it is still good.
And while the work at times can be challenging, particularly the open ocean night sailing shift, the experience I am gaining, the pounds of fresh lobster I am eating, and the variety of backpackers I am meeting and partying with make it easily one of the best jobs I could have ever imagined.
My First Voyage From Colombia To Panama
Today we arrived back in Panama after a 5 day trip from Cartagena, Colombia. With only twelve backpackers on this trip, there was a lot less work and it was much calmer than the previous voyage of 24 guests. That isn’t to say we didn’t have some great parties and drinking games though.
The first day and night was the open ocean crossing and like the previous trip I took the night shift from 3am to 8 am. I am getting better at sailing this behemoth and holding the course.
For the next three days, we went sailing and swimming through the San Blas islands. Here, an Australian girl and I swam out to a small island room enough for only a single palm tree. On the way, a strange and fearless foot long trigger fish attacked us. I kept trying to punch it in the face but it was too quick.
The Captain bought lobster for the first and second night, and on the third we went for the fish BBQ on Elephantine island. I don’t think I will ever tire of this menu.
Although I agreed to stay on board for two months before continuing my South American Adventure, there is a chance I will stay longer.
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