Sun 20/01-2013 Day 369

Puerto Chanduy

Pos: here
Loc: Capitania Chanduy
Acc: tent

I felt already too much worn during the night – my body needed more rest than just this night of sleep. The quality was better than in last night’s city camp, but I woke stiff and swollen and with burning skin allover. It was too much hard work into the headwind yesterday, and it felt like being in a continuous draft with a wet body. Not healthy.

So I decided to have this Sunday off, and slept in long and well, ignoring the roosters in the morning and any other upcoming city noises. Yesterday night there was a continuous noise over a loudspeaker in the whole town, I just could hear them counting always numbers, was it kind of an auction, or a bingo game? No idea. But the idea of a loudspeaker over the whole village seems to be quite common here, for religious or political reasons also.

I found out too late that they have a perfect wifi connection here at the Capitania, and could talk just about with my family in Europe and look into the next legs of my trip. It will be 10 paddling days to Esmeraldas.

Early morning fish market at Puerto Chanduy

I took a very short walk into the village, but again felt not comfortable being too much like a foreigner looking into other people’s cook pots. I noticed the Capitania was just besides the church, and it happened that the Sunday evening prayer just started at 6 pm when I came back. Despite me being not in any church and having my own belief, I felt welcome to join the service. I was sorry not to understand any word, but the songs seemed to be international. Though I was sneaking out when people started to queue up when the amazing priest was to distribute the holy meal… The church community was 70% women, but not a single black inhabitant in there. But the amazing priest was black! All looked to me like good friendly people in their best Sunday dresses. People with a strong belief can’t be bad people!

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What excellent advice Pedro! So commons sense. Show them you are a person, not a target and not from dear ole US of A. Many thanks for that.

Pedro C.

A useful tactic against “bad people” which in many instances is effective and may stop their agressivity is to request for their help and assistance., i,e, ask them the distance to the next port, how long it may take you to get there, ask for drinking water, tell them you are paddling from Buenos Aires and want to reach Cartagena, Colombia. Ask for a weather forecast, just to have a normal and friendly interaction. Let them know you are not a “GRINGO” (USA) that you are from “ALEMANIA” (GERMANY).
I have used similar tactics. I have requested the assistance to look after my small boat and things in it, to the same “bad people” which, most probably,would have stolen the boat with every thing in it whilst I was away buying provisions in an unsafe port. They were happy with a souvenir a hearty thank you and a hand shake.
Keep an smile, be friendly. Do not show agressivity on firs encounter.
Be alert.
Regards, Pedro

Jörg Hofferbert

That´s very admirable to visit the god service (Gottesdienst) in a unknown village. I hope you have a good recovery.

Ricardo Hoffmann

Freyas amazing story is getting each day better and better! Happy paddling, too!

Frances Price

A church where a stranger can feel welcome, is a wonderful church indeed! Glad you took a day to catch up on your rest, Freya. Safe and happy paddling!

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