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Old 04-15-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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San Blas to Cartagena

We arrived in Cartagena last week after 3.5 months in the San Blas Islands/Kuna Yala. We left from Isla Pinos (eastern San Blas) headed for Isla Fuerte but with the good weather and sea conditions we continued on and made landfall at San Bernadardo (134 miles). We never saw winds over 17 knots and the seas averaged 2-5’ at 7 seconds. It was an easy trip. The next day we went on to Cartagena, arriving Easter weekend. What a zoo but that’s another story. Here are some pictures from Kuna Yala.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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Very nice! Keep the pictures coming!
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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We met a Kuna, David, on Isla Pinos who welcomed us into his village. As is the case with all Kuna’s, when you marry, you move in with her and her family. We helped him build his house so he could get out from the in-laws. The only tool he used was a machete to cut and trim the trees and a long chisel so he could hand dig holes to sink the vertical poles. All the poles were cut in the bush and transported back to his village by ulu (canoe). He never used a level or tape measure. I tried to show him how to line up the poles up using string. It’s not in their culture. All the poles are lashed; no nails or bolts. Everything for the house excluding nylon twine for the lashings comes from the bush. He said the house should last for 16 years. He’s somewhere between 21 and 24 years old.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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This is the kind of thread that we could see more. I am very anxious to be able to tell and show a story like yours. Congratulations and keep the pictures and the stories come.

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+ 1 Fernando. Larry is living my dream.

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We spent a day with 2 young Kuna men picking avocadoes, lemons, bananas and coconuts from their family’s garden. We towed their ulu over to the mainland and then hiked for almost an hour. These guys are in great shape! For the avocadoes they climb the trees and use a forked stick to knock them loose. After about an hour we had close to 100 avocadoes. When we were done, they loaded everything on their backs for the return hike. They wouldn’t accept a tow back to their village. I think they were afraid of the grief they would get from everyone. The avocadoes were to be sold to the Colombian supply boats that come through regularly.

The Kuna with the agouti (big rodent) was pretty proud of himself. Meat is a real luxury. Their diet consists mainly of rice, beans, coconuts, lentils and some chicken or fish or canned mystery meat.

The 2 kids in the ulu stopped by with their dad to sell us some coconuts. When people show up, we always offered ice water and to charge their cell phones if we are going to be in the anchorage for a few days. There are a few cell towers now in the San Blas and most Kunas seem to have cell phones but no way to charge them. If someone has a generator or solar panels they charge $0.50 -$1.00 to charge the phones so we became real popular. The picture has some cell phones plugged in.

The last pictures are of Kuna women. The majority of the Kuna women still dress in traditional garb. When you do get married you move in with her family and she controls the money. All the sailas (chiefs) are male. Who can figure?
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