Most Kuna speak both Spanish and their indigenous language, "Kuna." This sweet woman spoke little Spanish, but we communicated as much as we could, and she wrapped a traditional tribal bracelet around my ankle. When Kuna women are married, they cut their hair short, wear traditional clothing, and beaded bracelets covering their calves and forearms, marking their womanhood. Because I'm not married, I got a little anklet instead of having my full calf covered.
Our group was all so excited to hear that we would be visiting "monkey island." - I expected it to be invested with many monkeys, but was a bit disappointed upon arrival. The island has earned its name simply because of the Island's owner who captured two monkeys and brought them to the island as tourist attractions. At first I was taking pictures and admiring the cute animals, but later felt bad as I realized the unnatural conditions they live in :(
San Blas Day Trip
The San Blas Islands are beautiful - pictures can do it no justice. The photos below are from an incredible day on a speedboat tour through several of the islands. I had so much fun learning from the local Kuna people who inhabit the islands about their traditions and way of life. I also enjoyed a delicious lunch of fish prepared there on one of the islands and made so many new friends from different places around the world - including Switzerland, Bolivia, and Mexico. The Bolivians even taught me to dance Bachata (while laughing at my clumsy feet!). Our group snorkeled in a 'natural pool' and found starfish and many other creatures. The only part I didn't enjoy about this trip was my sunburn...I rarely burn, but the sun on these islands is hotter than anywhere I've ever been!
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