Day three was Christmas day and our last day before open water. We sailed three hours to reach Hollandaise island. There was a bit of rain in the morning and it was fairly cloudy all day.
Pat did some snorkeling but got stung all over his gibblets by invisible jellyfish. This combined with the cloudy weather was enough to kill my motivation to leave the boat. I did take one dip so I could wash my hair in the ocean! There isn’t enough fresh water on the boat for real showers, so salt water is all we had to stay clean. It definitely doesn’t give your hair that soft, clean feeling that a real shower does!
Federico cut up the snapper and we ate it sashimi-style with soy sauce. It was amazing! We also had another one of his awesome salads – this time with apples, cauliflower and curry.
We were supposed to have a Christmas bonfire on the island, but the firewood was wet and the boys weren’t able to start a fire. There were also sandflies on the island so we celebrated Christmas night on the boat instead.
Instead of eggnog, we had rum and coconut juice, straight from the coconut:
Over some cans of Balboa, a Panamanian beer, we talked about all sorts of topics, including where we were when Michael Jackson died. Apparently, the death of the King of Pop wasn’t just big news in the US! We finished the night with a group jump into the ocean. Tomorrow we will hit open water.