And in truth, we have had a cruising budget revelation while in the Kuna Yala. In October, we spent $600, $100 of which we spent in Portobelo before we left. We have finally made it to a place where our main budgetary expense is beer. Ah, the promised land.
Of course, we are steadily eating through all our dry goods, and all the stuff I bought from Costco before we left is almost all gone. We have also finally discovered a place in our hearts for canned chicken, now that we inhabit a place where the chicken in the store is left sitting in a bucket of water instead of in a fridge. Obviously, we aren’t eating a ton a meat, mainly because we’re terrified of major intestinal discomfort. However, Vlad has started making comments like, “You know, I bet tapir tastes good,” so maybe a Kuna chicken is in our future after all.
The reason behind the magical San Blas budget is simple really. There’s just not that much to buy. There aren’t many restaurants. There are few adorable palapa bars on the beach. There are no hardware stores or marine supply shops or boutiques. You can purchase molas or basic food stuff, and that’s it. I know that there’s stuff that we need. I just can’t remember what it is, and aside from Vlad’s daily insistence that he’s getting anemic and that he could really use some carne asada or a nice steak we seem to be adjusting just fine. Our cruising kitty sure is.