Loc: Bahia Solano
Acc: Navy room
Tomorrow’s estimated landing: 50 km north
I woke as usual at 5.30 am, but went back to undisturbed peaceful sleep which I urgently needed after my shaky nights on the boat, with my eye mask on and earplugs in to feel fully able to keep on sleeping. Still I got a knock at my door at 9 am, a guy from the Navy radio station wanting an interview. Although he cut me right out of my deepest sweet dreams, you may expect a person is awake at 9 am, and I can’t blame him for that. Still I hung now a sign at my door “Please don’t disturb until 12 am”, as I was hoping to get back to my dreams…
It didn’t really work, and usually I don’t sleep that long. This time I may have needed it! I did my usual office work all day, called family and friends to feel not that lonely in my nice room all day. But I should have asked Cristian, the officer who is the head of the Coast Guard here, just a bit earlier to go for a bit of food shopping and to see in this way a bit more of Bahia Solano. So we eventually went at 7 pm when it was already dark, well guarded by two other guys with big guns. One sitting on the back of the pickup truck, one inside. I really feel like here in Colombia Pacific either being a VIP visitor or rather a VIP prisoner…you have the choice.
The luxurious freedom to go where I want to unguarded and still be safe is something which I would appreciate now most. But rather being a VIP visitor/ prisoner than dead..thanks for the good and obviously necessary protection! I am hoping the situation on the Atlantic side of Colombia will be better, as they all say.
And Panama? They don’t even have a Navy there, and barely a real coast guard…so I hope I can enjoy the similar beautiful nature there on my own being safe and free. As much as it is appreciated – it feels horrible to be watched all day long…I never want to become *that* famous like a high politician, world – known actor or singer needing to have body guards all days and everywhere…
The bigger supermarket was closed already at Sunday night, so we went to a smaller corner shop to stock up my snack food. Also a small fruit stand provided me this time with yummy maracujas and more mangoes.
I spotted a really beautiful large well lit church, which could have been out of any European city with colorful glass windows. We also stopped quickly at a quite fancy hotel where we found the harbor master was just listening to a presentation there. He found a few minutes to talk to me outside, and wished me a good trip. Thanks!
Bahia Solano does it’s best to have some offers for visitors and locals! Also I learned it is way bigger than I wrote yesterday – about 4000 inhabitants, and 3000 Navy people. I hope I got those numbers right now?
I will continue my trip tomorrow with the old boat and crew from Buenaventura. Three more days in Colombia Pacific side! Sorry I couldn’t upload my pictures here, internet was too slow. Needs to wait until Panama City…