It’s close to midnight as I am writing this from the balcony of a hostel in Bocas del Torro. I am watching a group of about 15 kids just goofing around below being kids. I am also watching people as they walk to and from the main carnival that is going on in the city center. I keep thinking to myself I can’t believe I am one week in on my trip already.
I have been lucky enough to meet up with Jessica & Dani from Globe Trotter Girls. They have been traveling for 10 months already and have a few more days in Central America before heading off to Europe. Things worked out prefect and I have been able to tag along with them these last few days and the days ahead. They are giving me the inside scoop on how to do things and I am loving it.
The first 48 hours of my trip were relatively easy and amazing. Now a few more days on the road and things haven’t been all rainbows and butterflies. I won’t lie I am having a hell of a time, but at the same time just trying to adjust to all the change.
From San Jose I took my first bus ride to Puerto Viejo. That is where I met up with Jessica & Dani. We spent the afternoon getting to know each other and hit it off very well right off the back. That same night we hit the town and got pretty wasted. The next morning we rented a bike for the day and road it all over the place going to a few beaches. We finally made it to Punta Uva and loved it. It was a beautiful beach with calm waters. That was exactly what we needed to cure our hangovers. While we were there I realized a few red dots on my leg and didn’t think any thing of them.
Since then we have travelled on to Bocas del Torro, Panama. Obviously along the way I did my first border crossing and that was something else. I am trying to think back and see how it was I managed to cross it and have no clue. Everything happened so fast. I got there and people just start telling me what to do so I followed along and before I knew it I was set and ready to go.
It was yesterday morning that I noticed the red dots on my legs had not gone away and seemed to multiply. They do not itch or hurt, but are fucking with my mind. I know I am probably over reacting, but I have never had problems with my skin. I understand I am traveling in a whole new region of the world and it can be some type of bugs or just an allergic reaction to something. I am trying to not think about them, but I can’t help it I just do. I am going to just let them be for now and if they don’t go away in a few days see a Dr.
Thanks to the red dots on my legs and a few other things that were not going my way on Sunday I had a mini melt down. I thought a million things, but realized I am living my dream. Also today my camera decided to stop working. I had never had a problem with it and now it wont even turn on. I am going to let it rest and hope it works in the morning or at some point.
I don’t want it to sound like I am complaining, because I am not. In a few hours I should be swimming with dolphins and snorkeling; that definitely beats what I would normally be doing on a Tuesday at home. I am just letting you know what is going on in my “new” world right now. I know its going to take time for me to adjust to everything and that I can do it. I also know that things will happen and I just have to deal with them.
I love the fact that in this last week I have done and seen more new things then I probably have this past year. I also love that I am having highs and lows and am being kept on my toes 24/7. For now I am going to try and ignore the red dots on my legs and forget that my camera is not working and continue to enjoy it all.