I stayed three nights at hostel right by the sea at Big Corn. I didn't have a fantastic sea view from my dorm but entering the common area and kitchen you had a stunning view over the ocean. Just a perfect spot to start the day with a good cup of coffee, to bad the coffee was terrible but guess the view made up for it!
First day i decided to walk to a beach just over half an hour away from the hostel. The beach just went on and on and on when i reached it, guess its called Long Bay for a reason. I met about 5 people in total walking up the beach. Did a quick stop over and had a nice conversation with some old lady about a bit of everything. Continued my walk since i at this point had decided to do a walk around the island. Looked like i was kind of a quarter on my way so thought why not. Like so many times before I managed to make a big mess out of all and i came to a dead end after about an hour so had to turn around again. Met a very old man with a very very big machetes, asked for directions and he pointed me up in to the green forest or what ever you call it when you have a ton of palm trees, banana trees and other greeneries growing. I was determined to get around the island so off i went, I walked walked and walked. The path/dirt road was so so for a good while and i got started to wonder if there was snakes on the islands or not!! Not a thought you want on your mind when the path got more and more narrow... After another 1.5 hours of walking i finally made it to a proper road and some civilisation. Thought i was nearly back home but yet again as always i was wrong. In the end i didn't get back to the hostel until around 530 pm. Means that what i thought would be a maybe three hour walk turned in to a 5-6 hour extremely sweaty walk. Why do i never learn???
I had planned to do a dive at Big Corn but that didn't happen. Guess i just got in to the Mañana mañana straight away getting on the the island. So the next afternoon was spent on Long bay, this day we were a small group getting a taxi over though, so no more walking. A taxi on Big Corn cost NIO 20/ USD 0.70/ EUR 0.60 wherever you go so why not.
Had a fantastic fun night out in Big Corn as well. Gave away my Beats head set to a guy earlier this day so i had no problem with him supplying the drinks for the evening. We headed to a proper local place, big mix of music with reggaeton being followed by some very calm sad country music and after that some champati would come on, in between you would also hear some awful MCing. Wish i had my camera since they also put on an extremely weird dance show. Outfits were defiantly home made and one of the guys had a top on that kept on crawling up over his nipples that he constantly tried to pull it down. I have seen some bad dance shows but this one was something really special and not in a good way. Place also made for some great people watching with some of the locals being in to some serious twerking:)
On the third morning it was time to take a Panga to Little Corn. A quick half an hour not to bumpy ride in between the islands and i was there. Little Corn has no traffic what so ever except for some bicycles so no cars or scooters, the place is tiny so not really required. Electricity is switched off every day between 6 am and 1 pm, which made the morning in the hostel very sweaty when the fan stopped working and there was no breeze. I only stayed one night at the hostel though and then i had a very luxurious time staying in a cabana straight on the beach with a lovely breeze from the sea, playing house with a very nice Canadian guy;-) Only at this place we didn't have any electricity what so ever the five nights we were there. This since one of the transformers had broken on the island so some places was out of electricity for many many days. Most places do have a generator though but not ours. Got used to not having electricity quick though, you just need to make sure where you put your torch:) Another thing we didn't have either was a door to the toilet!!!
Every day on little Corn was spent pretty much in the same way. Early breakfast, followed by a nap, then a lot of walking to find a good spot on one of the beaches, a 10 minute walk to the village to get some electricity, wifi and lunch, another swim with a beer or two, followed by another nap, then of course some well deserved dinner with a bottle of Flor de Caña mixed with Fresca as dessert. And no didn't finish a bottle of rum by myself:) The guys i came over to the islands with on the cargo ship from mainland was staying next to us so had great time with them and other people that joined in to the group.. So all in all a very social time. Hard not to be social on Little Corn by the way since you walk everywhere you also bump ini to everyone at all times!
Not sure if i should regret it or not but no diving or no snorkelling happened on Little Corn either, Way to busy with above!! Did see a nurse shark in the water by the place we were staying though.
After a week in Little Corn it was time to take the Panga back to Big Corn followed by taking Captain D back to the mainland the next day. Mr Canada also had to go back to Big Corn on the same day to meet a friend the next day, good timing. We were a bit indecisive the day before if we would take the Panga at 6 am or the one at 1 pm since we heard a storm was on its way and we didn't want to get stuck in Little Corn. They stop running the Pangas if to windy since there was an accident not long ago were one Panga capsized and 13 people died.
The wind picked up in the evening and during the night we had heavy rain and thunder going, must admit this was sooooo nice and refreshing. In the end we had decided to take the afternoon Panga back. It still rained at times but we had a window of dry spell when we walked to town. We spent the day at a restaurant waiting for the Panga and just as we were walking over the heaven opened up and the rain was back again. So slightly soaked, we got on the Panga and then we had a surprisingly smooth ride to Big Corn. I say surprisingly because it was windy and the waves looked pretty high but the captain did a good job.
Next morning i had a confirmation that the cargo ship Captain D was departing that same evening. Wasn't in the mood to stay one more night at Big Corn, was ready for new adventures. Have to admit that it was a sad moment saying adios and parting with Mr Canada though:(
Spent last day on the island being extremely lazy and by 7 pm the same gang minus two of the boys as came on the Captain D plus another girl boarded the ship. We took one of the bunk beds each, I fell a sleep listening to an audio book and what felt like few minutes later we woke up back at the mainland again. No more paradise beaches for a while but other adventures around the corner!
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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