Indigenous Islands of San Blas, Panama

My trip to the San Blas Islands, Panama was planned last minute when the owner of my hostel in Panama City expressed the importance of visiting the islands. So I went, with the consideration of it being a day trip and a cheap travel opportunity.

The San Blas Islands consist of 378 tiny islands clustered close together in the Caribbean Sea.  Panama’s indigenous tribe, called the Kuna, live on these islands and welcome tourists to stay and experience their culture. Each islands has white sand and palm trees and, of course, the ocean water is pure blue.

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Me on one of the islands. (See the other two islands in the background?)

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Forest of palm trees.

Since I was only there for a day the Kuna people cooked me breakfast and lunch. They had an assortment of tea and made pancakes, bacon and delicious homemade coconut rice!

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My yummy breakfast made by the Kuna People

Just off the shore of Isla Perro there was a small sunken ship that tropical sea life now inhabits. The best part was I was able to to go snorkeling around it!

Also, the Kuna sold their homemade crafts. My favorite handicrafts were the molas, which are cloths with colorful stitching of designs and symbols.

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My picture of the beautiful molas.

The Kuna people were welcoming and, fortunately  shared a part of their unique culture with me.  To have a once in a life time opportunity like this is why I love traveling.

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Snowfall in Paris

Paris is the place where girls dream of finding French lovers, where couples go to heighten their romance and where travelers come from all over the world to experience the magic of the city. Traveling to Paris, France is a to-do on many people’s bucket lists. However, visiting the the City of Love  during a white snowfall is, no doubt, magical.

My friend Ashley traveled to Paris, France this past January of 2013. The day she arrived in Paris it was snowing and continued for the next few days. In this linked sound clip, Ashley expresses the excitement and magic she felt from her experience.

Ashley during white snowfall in Paris, France in front of the Eiffel Tower

Photo taken with Ashley’s camera of Ashley during white snowfall in Paris, France in front of the Eiffel Tower.

I have always wondered what it was about Paris that make the city so magical.  My professor who has been to France various times explained that one has to visit Paris in order to experience the indescribable feelings of magic and romance the city holds.

Photography pf Eiffel Tower by Ashley Kimi

Photography of Eiffel Tower by Ashley Kimi