Everyone from Puerto Viejo that I traveled to Bocas with, spilt up to try different activities. My two french friends (Julien and Latitia) went to a beach on the other habitable island. They told me that there were good waves for surfing but that they water was quite shallow and so if you took a digger on the board, you'd get quite scratched up. The English girls (Tess and Lucie) went underwater-boarding, which from a brief description seems to be a board that is attached to a boat, which you can use to propel yourself up and down or side-to-side to explore the ocean/reefs without snorkeling.
The first night of the weekend celebrations started early and didn't seem to end...I tried to go to bed around 12 a.m. but couldn't sleep so I worked on compiling a second video of my trip so far until 6:30 a.m. There was still music playing in the distance when I had finally made it to bed, but the loud music (being narrated by some guy ALL THREE NIGHTS) stopped around 5 a.m. and was the same until Sunday. Needless to say I was exhausted the entire time I was in Bocas.
SUNDAY! Have you ever been to a parade? How about a parade that starts at 7 a.m. and doesn't stop until 11 p.m.? Dancing, drumming, cotton candy...it was all here! For the first 2 hours I sat and watched as the kids danced past, or swung their drums over their heads, then caught them again, right on beat and continued playing. After two hours I stopped watching, but I couldn't stop listening all day because it was so loud. I started to go a little crazy from all the noise and decided to take a boat across to an island with a swimming area for a short break. There, me and friends found people swinging, jumping from trampolines, slack-lining, and flipping into the water! It felt good to cool down and give my ears a break but then I went back to the mainland and watched and listened to fire-dancers and more drums!
I had met so many new friends by the time that I was ready to leave Bocas and it was hard to say good-bye so soon. Even my first traveling friends (the Swedish Brothers) arrived from Panama City. It was awesome to see them again, we caught up and shared a few stories, but for the first time in our travels I was leaving first. It sucked to leave before my friends but I was really glad that I saw them one more time! I will try to visit them, among other friends, and visit Europe in the near future!