I’m on an island this summer.
Not the sort of island backpackers flock to thinking they’re “off the path”, nor the kind of island you’d ever expect a 15 story cruise behemoth to pour brightly coloured tourists onto.
This place is special.
This isn’t my first month on a beach; It’s my third. Life with constant sand and sun is always completely different. It’s more human and organic. It strips life of all the unnecessary bits and pieces that stick to you from living in North America. (Over analysis of Facebook, dedication to a mindless sitcom, fine tuning your appearance) It cuts the fat, and streamlines your day into what’s important. I love that.
Earlier this year I applied to be Amble Resorts Island Intern. The opportunity being offered was to capture an island named “Isla Palenque” which floats not too far off the Pacific shore of Panama. The method was still on the table, however the topic was solid. Discovering a remote jungle island – my perfect summer job.
On Isla Palenque the rock is volcanic, the jungle is dense and the coastline is full of crevices, caves, and personality. Everyday is an adventure. I feel like an excerpt of a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, Saturday morning edition; Large, and in full vibrant colour. “The days are just packed”, and I feel like a kid again.
My days are measured by sunsets and tides, there no need for a watch. I rise with the sun, wander the jungles when the tides are high, and the shores when they are low. Sleep comes shortly after a colourful Pacific sunset. They’re much like snowflakes, every one is different.
Here is my first video. It’s called “A Beach for the Adventurous” and it depicts a day in my life. Make sure to check out the official blog post as well.
Te amo mis lectores. Hasta Pronto!
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