When the fire dancer was extinguished I hopped to the streets, making peace with the locals... speaking a bit of their gansta slang, and watched how this island's many cultures were intertwined. By talking with the locals I learned everything about what impact the tourists are having upon the native culture. At the end of the night I found myself having an intelligent discussion with a software programmer from Spain about the future of food and water resources around the world. We came to the conclusion that it's one thing to be a consumer and consume just because that's the way your parents raised you and that's what your culture relies upon for economic and social 'success'... and totally another thing to step outside the box, stop consuming and ask ourselves... how much do we need? when will it run out? and how will we feed our children in the coming decades?
Bocas del Toro has been entertaining, but I miss Gilligan's island already and will be heading back there shortly once I pick up a few more groceries. On the island there is no ruckus in the streets, loud parties, police, cars, drama... it is tranquil and quiet. A more placid way of life and that's what I am after.