Mal Pais: Life's a beach and then you surf
29 Mar 2007
|Tranquillo man, Tranquillo...
So after a very late or early night depending on what 3am counts on your clock our day consisted of a 6am start, 3 buses, 2 ferries and one more bus equating to 13hours of travel to get there, which had us debating on whether we should have opted for the 4 hour $35 private shuttle bus. Our excuse is that we do have budgets to keep to and besides the shuttle wouldn't have been half as much fun, for example I wouldn't have been treated to Bas dozing off on a packed bus doing the nodding dog impression and nodding his way into a school girls chest, now that was priceless. Or getting to a ferry port (Playa Naranjo) expecting to jump a bus headed to our destination only to find that no bus exists and being surrounded by the usual taxi drivers providing their usual comic relief of over exorbitant prices. Being the shoe-stringers that we are we opt for the 2 ferry 4hr option to get us back on track.
Our reward for 13hours of travel was walking into Tranquillo Backpackers with music blaring out, people lounging in hammocks, playing pool, watching a DVD, surf boards everywhere, bikini clad chicas and board short wearing chicos and a very cool atmosphere of 'Pura Vida!!' (literally translates to Pure Life)...now this is more like it, me thinks we're going to like it here :-) Gotta mention that Tranquillo has the distinction of being the only place I've been in Central America where you can flush the toilet paper in the bowl...yes its true folks, believe me this is huge!!
The plan was to ride out the festivities and craziness of Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter Week) for 10 days here then head off somewhere else - think it was going to be tough ;-) So life just ended up revolving around one thing...surfing of course why the hell else would we be here...ok so there is the chicas...and the beaches...and the sun too...but you're missing the point! So much for escaping the regimented life I left back home 'work' starts at 6am with a morning surf followed by pancakes and syrup for breakfast, some chill time, then maybe an afternoon surf, followed by food, hammocks and a DVD. Normally a surf movie or a film but i must say I've seen enough reruns of Blood Diamond and The Departed to last me a lifetime!. Finally a final evening sunset session suring ...what a life! So what is it about this surfing lark anyway, well to quote Bas who i think best summed the sensation of surfing in his own Dutch way:
"I know I've got a girlfriend but I think I'm in love again!"
As for me I've found a new love in the form of 7'6 with a sleek body, loves the water and is one hell of a great ride, so I'm happy too :-)
There's something also very special about finally managing to ditch watching every great sunset through the lens of my camera and to be on the water surfing with friends around you under a great red sky sunset with a full moon visible thats been on of the great experiences that have come with surfing.
We did take a break from surfing well just in the afternoon and went to jump some waterfalls which somehow I spectacularly manage to get away without any serious injury - check the video, definetly not my finest hour. This is the Higher resolution clip
. For slower connections I've added a lower resolution clip though its a bit small to see