Catcning You Guys Up

Sorry I haven’t written in ages. We’ve been up to so much, so let me quickly get all y’all caught up. I believe the last place we left off was in Costa Rica, or Panama. Let’s start in Northern Panama and work our way to the Galapagos.
It was windy when we had pulled into the anchorage of Venao. The sun had already set, so we had to anchour in the dark. My parents weren’t happy, because so much could go wrong at night while anchouring, but there was no way around it.
In the morning, we re-anchored the boat in a better spot and headed into shore. Sadly, Venao had a pretty bog beach break, so it mean no dinghies were coming in. We put in the paddle boards and went into shore. Dad had gone in slightly earlier, since the surf was up, so we followed slightly after him. When we had gone in, my dad informed me that there were two teenage girls in the pool above the surf spot. I hadn’t seen anyone my age in a while, so I ran up the scorching hot sun, to the pool.
I was happy to learn that my dad was in fact correct. There were two girls, from Alaska, and they were a ball to hang out with. We hung out in the pool all that day, talking about every topic we could think of. When the sun grew distant, we made plans to hang out the next day.
When I woke up the next day, I pumped some school work out, and went into shore. The girls were there, once again, and invited me to go to a town 30 mins north, called Pedasi. I wanted to go, but we couldn’t figure out a way for me to get back before dark. That’s when it hit us, we asked out parents if we could have a sleepover that night. They all readily agreed, so I swam out to the boat to get the essentials.
I swam back in, got dressed in dry clothes, and we drove for 30 minutes to the small town, and adventured around for s big. We had been informed that there was a food festival like thing going on, but there wasn’t. We drove back after ice cream, and got dinner at a small restaurant called, Panga. The restaurant was known for everything being local, and it was tasty. I got fish and chips, and I think it was the best fish and chips I had ever had!
I had a blast hanging out with the two girls. They were on vacation with there families, as in, grandma, grandpa, moms, dads, siblings, and uncle. It was the whole family, and it was rowdy. They made me feel like a kart if the family, so I was super happy.
When we got back to their hotel, it was practically 11, so we hit the hay. The next morning we said our goodbyes and I swam out to the boat.
Out next stop, Panama City!
The skyline was filled to the brim with skyscrapers. It was insane, if you can, open a new page and look up Panama City photos. I can’t even begin to explain it. It was pretty and ugly at the same time.
I’m going to cut my explanation short and get to the details of our stay. In all, we were in Panama City for about 4 weeks, and if you ask me, it was 2-3 weeks too long. Though we did meet some really cool people while we were there.
My aunt visited, so we took her around showing her the city. It as really nice seeing her. I missed her a ton. She was with her daughter, Lola, who loves Taj and myself, so it was fun playing wit her. We also visited Our from friends from Mexico, who had gone through the Canal.
We, of course, met a ton of kids. I hung out with one boy called Jack (15) off of Arc en Ciel, or as we like to say Barking Seal. He had his older sister, Jackie (21), her boyfriend, Plume, and their daughter Juliet (2). They were extremely fun to hang out with.
We also met quite a few other kid boats, like Totem. For you guys that don’t know Totem, it haven’t heard of them at the least, they are a family of 5, sailors g around the world. They are coming to the end of their 10 year circumnavigation.
The kids are all older, so I was happy. There was Niall(18), Marien(15), and Siobhan(13). They were a blast, we did henna tattoos on each other, ate ice cream, told jokes, ate more ice cream, and walked aimlessly around the mall. It may have not seemed like a lot, but we could only hang out for 3 days before they left. They were going to only stay for 2, but we convinced them to stay for an other day, because pizza night was coming up. In those three days, we could also sneak in a sleepover, where we made cookies!
After they left, we went back to our normal schedule. School, go into shore, and then we’d either hangout out around the area and skateboard, or go to the mall.
At first the mall seemed like a really good idea. It was fun to look in the shops, but after a while it got old.
We decided to take a trip up north to a friend’s surf camp in Northern Panama. We had met this family while we were at the American Embassy, getting Taj a new passport. We had sat right next to a couple with a little girl, naturally I began playing with her. She immediately stopped bugging her mom, and began playing. It was fun. They later invited us to their surf camp, and we agreed we might adventure up.
We did just this, we packed our hammocks and stuff for the night and took a bus up north. Jack tagged along, happy to learn to surf. We were happy to get out of Panama City, even if it was for two days. We played in the water, I attempted to teach Jack to surf, and I played with the little girl, Dare, and her bran new puppy.
The next day, we were sad to leave, but we did. We said out goodbyes and bussed back to Panama City where we had pizza for dinner.
It was our last week in Panama City, and a few days later, we picked up anchor, said goodbye to the City and set off towards the archipelago Las Perlas, with an other kid boat. We spent a few days in the Perlas before heading off to the Galapagos.

The Galapagos:
“Are we there yet?”
“At this rate, 3 more days.”
*Nina and Ellamae cheer.*
Three days later
“Well guys, it looks like an other 8 more days
*Nina and Ellamae groan*
It took a total of 8 days to get to the Galapagos. To be honest, it wasn’t that bad. We got in to Sam Cristobal, early morning. What was the first thing I did? Look for kids. Our neighbors said that they’d seem some kids off of a few boats, but they we’re the sure.
After we checked in, we were told they had to fumigate our boat. We had expected this, so we filled out of the boat and into shore. We wandered around, and scopes out the island’s town. For an island in the middle of nowhere, the town was big.
We decided to stop our adventure and go back to back to the water’s edge. We had barely sat down when I spotted some kids I’d met in Panama. We talked for a bit, and then they invited us to dinner. We readily agreed, and less than a hour later, there were 6 rowdy kids came at us.
The next week was filled with lots of fun. We hiked around the island, went to snorkel, and learned about the history of the island. We saw tortoises, marine iguanas, and the famous Darwin Finches!
After San Cristobal, we headed to Isabella. I sadly did not see the island every much, because I got sick 🤒. It was suppose to be really pretty, but I was sick.
We went to Santa Cruz after Isabelle, and met up with a to if other kids. There was, at one time, 17 kids in the anchorage at once. Pretty good fro the Galapagos. We spent another week there, swimming with baby sharks, hanging with friends, and exploring. Dad got to surf a ton, and we got to swim in the surf. I did surf on my dad’s board, and stood up for about 15 seconds. Yay for me! 👏🏻👏🏻🤗🤗 We stocked up the boat, picked up anchor and said goodbye to the Galapagos

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Costa Rica, Its All Just Fun and Games so far!

Hey I’m back world! I am so so sorry I haven’t given you many up dates for a while. I honestly couldn’t write anything worthy of being posted. My posts I thought of posting were really choppy, and badly written. I have decided to give this one a try. I mean it is now or never, right?
If you’ve been keeping an eye on our main blog, you know we are in Costa Rica, and may I dare say, FINALLY! After our 1600 mile crossing, I was more than happy to be, even to just SEE, land. Here’s a short recap of our passage.
We had planned on leaving on a Friday, but that’s bad ju-ju, so we left the next day, on Saturday, around 10 in the morning. I did not do school that day, but read and got comfortable with the way the boat moves in the sea again.
The next three day consisted of reading, school, drawing, watching dolphins, listen to my dad tell stories, and watching land disappear behind us.
I was glad that we were finally leaving Mexico, but I also miss it quite a lot! Let me tell you, Mexico has way better food, in my preference, than Costa Rica. The mice thing is that they have plantains at practically every restaurant, it’s like their tortillas in a way.
On the second week, the wind slowly became more and more forceful. We celebrated Christmas underway, a first for everyone on the boat, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might have been. For New Years, I made a goal to read 1K books, but I now realize I was INSANE! I would have to read 2.7 books a day, and I’ve only read about 8 since then. 🤣
After a few more days, we made it to Costa Rica 🇨🇷! My gosh, I don’t think I have ever been more happy to see land. 3 weeks of no land can make a girl go slightly bonkers.
When we went to shore, we got apples (from France), and after not having fresh fruit for a few days, it was so mouth watering. 🤤. It was way juicy, and sweet, and sour. I had no idea an apple could taste so good. I could carry on talking about this apple for hours, but I will stop myself here: IT WAS THE GOD OF APPLES!!!!
Costa Rica is jungle filled, every beach has a jungle behind it, but it is also hot, and muggy at times. But beautiful all the while.
We did a zip line tour. One of the few touristy things we have done yet, but it rocked! There were 10 lines, and they were fast. Taj loved it. He went down the first 5 by himself, but had to have a buddy on the last ones because they were really fast. My dad suspected he got up to 30 mph on the 9th one. Talk about a thrill! There was even a zip line that you could go upside down on. It was fun, but kinda scary, because everything is the wrong way. Up was down, and down was up. I hadn’t ever been on a proper zip line, so it was a cool experience. I do recommend it.
I also met this girl, Kristy, from Costa Rica’s capitol, San Jose. She was extremely friendly, and has the LONGEST hair I have ever seen. We talked for an hour, hour and a half. She spoke practically perfect English, and I practiced my broken Spanish. Kristy didn’t mind all that much, she was happy to teach me some new words. I learned the slang for cool. It’s “chiva”. She told us we had to go to the national park, Manuel Antonio, because there were so many sloths, birds, and lizards.
We had planned to go anyways, but hearing her, kinda sealed the deal. The very next day, we got a guide, a fellow Costa Rican named, Diego, and set off into the not so wild jungle of, Manuel Antonio! (It wasn’t that it wasn’t wild, it just wasn’t wild in the animal department. As in, they weren’t running everywhere. Okay there were some animals running around, but not a giant abundance.) Diego really knew his stuff, we were stopping all the time, and were seeing things none of the other guides were seeing. It was amazing. He was really smart, and was rattling off all this information as if he was talking about the weather. To him, he practically was. It was a lot of information, but we all did our best to retain it all.
It was fun to watch the monkeys, raccoons, and coatimundi (it is extremely similar to the raccoon.) steal food from the beach goers. One family was sitting down, and a raccoon came up and dug through one of their bags. The mom didn’t do anything but laugh, as the dad chased them off. It made me laugh.
A few days ago, we were in Drake’s Bay, and to you Californians, no it is not the Drake’s Bay in Northern Cali, it is Drake’s Bay, Costa Rica. We went for a jungle/river tour, but it really turned into a jungle/beach hike. On our way back, we say three Capuchin Monkeys, and one of them had a small baby in its back. We decided to take a break to eat a snack and watch them. As soon as Taj and I had our sandwiches out, the younger monkey (not the baby) was on us. Creeping in the grass, it perched itself next to my dad’s bag in front of us. It was timid, but not scared. It continued to creep towards Taj and his sandwich, so we had to shoo it away. It went away, but came back instantly. Within 5 minutes, we had monkeys surrounding us, and not all of them were as cute and cuddly as the baby. We packed our bags and walked outta there. While we were leaving, we met the grandpa monkey, and he wanted our food. We hurried out way out, and didn’t encounter any more monkeys.
So life in Costa Rica hasn’t been all that bad. It’s actually been great! There hasn’t been any kids on boats, much to my dismay, but I’ll mange. I will let likely read a ton of books, and do school. I have to survive one way or another. Hopefully in Panama there will be some kids. If there isn’t I way go a bit crazy🤪.

Well, until next time!
Nina🧜🏽‍♀️

Oh, and a shout out to any kids in the Panama area, if you are going to be there in February-early March, let us know! I’m always happy to meet new kids🤩!

Sent from My Iridium Go!

1 November, 2017 22:07

Hey world! I’m so sorry I haven’t written in so long! We had a busy busy summer, as most of you know, we dropped off my mum and sister off in Santa Rosalia, so they could go to the states for a bit, while we made our way up to Puerto Penasco.

From Santa Rosalia, we made our way to Bay of LA, with multiple stops in between. When we got to Bay of LA, we swam with whale sharks, caught yummy fish and made tacos, and hiked a ton. All the while I was looking, for the nonexistent, kid boats, much to my dismay.

A few weeks later, my mum texted us, from the sat phone, that there was a kid boat heading our way very soon. Sure enough, about a week later, Waponi Woo, came motoring in to Don Juan. I was so excited! India and I had a three-day sleepover, and got about 11 hours of sleep in all. We were both, “kid starved” aka, had both been missing hanging out with kid boats.

They left a day later to go to Puerto Penasco. I was bummed, but knew that we would see them again soon.

We made our way, with a 40-mile hop, to Puerto Refugio, with s/v Easy, and met up with Let It Be, who have two younger kids, Jake (5) and Marietta (6). Taj and “Jack Jack” had a ball, they fished morning till night, with a nap at lunchtime. The girl, Marietta and I, had a ball, we had tea parties, and made bracelets, as well as had a beading party. My dad had caught 5 yellowtail, and made 20 logs of sushi, and it was amazing. After that meal, everybody was so stuffed, nobody could eat another bite of sushi. We couldn’t even eat another log.

After hanging with them for a while, we made our way with s/v Easy, to  Puerto Penasco. I took my first real watch, from 8-11. It wasn’t all that bad, I finished an entire book, listened to music all while checking if we are still on course. I was blessed to have a light breeze, enough that our sail wasn’t flogging, but we weren’t over power. I only had to adjust the windvane once the entire night.

We made it to Pensaco about breakfast time the next day. We walked around the town that day, looking for the piercing shop, we had heard about while we were in Bay of LA, because my parents said I could get another piercing this year. We ended up taking a taxi who said he knew where it was, but really, he drove around asking where it was. In the end, we found the place, about two blocks from where we started.

After I got my “industrial piercing,” I was very low blood sugar, and my dad took Taj and I to get ice cream. My dad said afterwards, I was a white a sheet of paper, and I felt as if I could have thrown up. But after ice cream, I felt much much better.

A few days later, my mum and friend from back home, Elsie< came down to visit us, and the heat. We were in Mexico a total of two more days, before we drove back up to my aunt’s house in Arizona. My mum and Elsie stayed three more days, and in those three days, we went to the book store, went swimming in my aunt’s pool, and had lots and lots of fun.

Taj and I stayed at my aunt’s for two more weeks, before we drove back down to Mexico, to visit my dad, and celebrate my aunt’s birthday. We rented quads, and drove them around, got yummy Mexican sopas, as well as tacos and stuffed potatoes.

A week later, my dad came to my aunt’s and we drove to Oklahoma with my grandpa, to go visit my Great-Grandma. We helped her around her property, and Taj got to spend time with his Great-Grandma. After Oklahoma, we drove back to my aunts, picked up Ellamae from the airport, and drove to Bishop. We spent five days in total, were we hung with our very missed cousins. I went to the county fair they had, with my cousin, Jenna, and had a blast, with her friends. I got sick on the Gravatron, a ride that spins so fast, that you are plastered to the wall. It was a blast.

After Bishop, we headed to the Bay Area, to visit friends, and our mum. I spent a day hanging out with some friends from our hiking group, Vilda, who I had missed very much. It was fun hanging out with them, and all the other people from back in Sausalito. We drove down to San Jose, to have lunch w my mum, sister, who has grown in to a giant toddler, and her husband. We went to this amazing Mexican restaurant, where I got a mango chicken salad on rice.

We left a day later, to head back to Arizona, then the boat. We stayed at my aunt’s house for one more week, and I was surprised to say I was, actually say I was going to miss my Aunt Tara, Lola (my cousin), Uncle Ben, and their dog, Wally. On the 15th of August, my aunt drove us down to our newly painted boat.

We had dinner, with my aunt, and Waponi Woo, at this taco shop with baked potatoes. I was super excited to have a kid boat right across the yard from us. They brought down one of India’s friend. Keely, for a year. So not only do I have one kid boat who is my age, but TWO!!

Keely is goofy, talks 10xs more than I do, and is a great person to hang out with, I was so excited to have another kid to put down on my ever-growing list of children.

We hung around Penasco, and got FRIED ICE CREAM, with Keely. It was amazing, I got Napolitano (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), with a load of chocolate sauce whip cream, and a cherry on top. I finished my first, and had the biggest sugar rush ever recorded.

That very next day, we left with Waponi Woo to go to Puerto Refugio. Then Bay of LA, and then San Carlos, where we picked up my mum.

We met a two new boat kids, Bloom, with Carson(11), and Habi Hoba, with Sarah(11) and Jake(12). They were a riot. Not quite what Ellamae and I expected but, the were great. We hung out at our boat a lot, a rarity in itself. We usually never have any kids over, so it was kind of weird, but nice at the same time. We hung out for about a week in San Carlos, before we left to Isla Carmon.

We had a great time swimming, and doing school. We left from there to another anchorage on the same island called, Painted Cliffs, where I dove to a total of 59 FEET!!!!!!!! I thought it was about 45 feet, so attempted it. About ¾ of the way down, I thought that it seemed pretty far down, and when I touched the first time, it was 57’. I was ecstatic, I rushed to the surface, and yelled at my mum, dad and sister. A bit later, I wanted to get a solid 6-0, so I attempted it, I could only get 59, because I easily run  low on air, but hey, I beat a record, not by a foot, but by 12.

Well guys, I guess this is it. I promise I’ll keep you up to date on what going on.

Write to ya later,

Nina

bahia de los angeles

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. This is a blog post I had forgotten to post back in August. So so sorry. Well, I won’t keep you any longer, so here it is; posting from satellite phone:

Hey Everyone! Sorry I haven’t wrote in a while. I have been so absorbed in the scenery and my books. We are in the Sea of Cortez. Right now, we are in Bay of LA. It is located about 132 mi from Puerto Penasco (or Rocky Point) where we will be hauling our boat out for the month of August.
So in Bay of LA, what have we been doing? You ask. Why haven’t I been writing? We’ll to be honest, I completely forgot about my blog. 😂
Bay of LA, is a good sized bay, that inhabits many different sea creatures. We swam with ginormous whale sharks (completely docile), ate Yellowtail, which is supposed to be the best sashimi on the market, but I don’t like raw fish. We haven’t been going swimming a whole bunch, because the water is murky and not very inviting. Well, minus the part that it is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). My dad did catch as small sized yellowtail when we were free diving in Animos Slot, on the outer part of Bay of LA. And that day, I dove down to 44ft!!!!!! MY NEW PERSONAL RECORD!
I was so happy, I swam up to tell my dad that I dove 41 ft(my watch is off by 3ft) and he came up and asked if I had touched, I said yes and was about to tell him that I dove 41 feet. But then he corrected me telling me I dove 44, I did an odd happy dance in the water, and squealed.
We have been doing a bit of hiking, but it is too hot to do anything but hang out and swim during the early afternoon.
Dad and I also have been doing workouts, they include sit ups (about a 100), push ups (about 50 if you can do it, but realistically I am doing about 35), then pull ups (my dad’ do 75 and I’ll do about 25-21). We do 5 sets, so for me it is 20 sit ups, 5 FULL push-ups 6 if I can do it, and 4-5 pull ups (modified), since I can’t do a full pull up, we work on the easing yourself down as slowly as possible. This makes it easier to pull up, since you are building up those muscles. I am just starting every thing, but I instantly found that my sit ups are strong suit, and pull ups are my worst enemy and I shall conquer them!!(hopefully).
We also been kayaking everywhere we go. We have found an assortment of different artifacts, such as, cool shells, giant whale bones🐋.

Catch ya later,
Nina🏄🏽‍♀️

 over a year ago…WE CAUGHT JAWS!!!!!!!! (very delayed and forgotten post)

Okay, we didn’t catch the actual Jaws, but we did catch a shark😋! Ellamae and I were just doing our school and we saw our hand line fall on to the solar panel and the bungee stretched way way out. My dad went out and started to reel it in. I thought it was a Marlin, Ellamae thought it might be three Yellow Fins bitting each other’s tail, Taj said it was a Dorado (Mahi Mahi), and Mom went to grab the camera. It took a good ten minutes to get it half way, my dad said it was a Marlin. I got really exited, because I have had Marlin before and it was really good. We kept reeling and reeling and then we saw the… FIN!!!!!!!! So we thought it was a Hammerhead, because they live in the area. It started diving down deeper and my dad had a hard time pulling it in. We finally got it to the boat and it was a Silky Shark. Dad said it was over 100 lbs! Nobody wanted to bring it on the deck exempt for me😏. We got a few photos, personally I thought they all looked really fake like we photo shopped it in, but we didn’t they are all real. I promise! We cut the line a bit long, but it’ll come out sooner than later😀. Faster than you can say Silky Shark it was swimming back into the blue depths. My dad said that we were really lucky to see the shark, because they have been fished out and there are not many left in the area. Now I am ready to see a Blue Shark (my personal favorite), and swim with the smaller ones!!

Not quite 2 years, and 47 kids boat!

19/05/2017: Not quite 2 years, and 47 kids boat!
So we have been sailing, for almost 2 years now, and have met 46 kid boats. I keep a journal, and write in it (or at least try to) everyday. I usually write; what we did that day, where we are, and who we are with. 

One day, I decided to write every kid boat we had every met. At the time it was only about 5 or 10, but over the course of the last two seasons, the number has been adding, and sometime at an alarming rate. 

If you are new to cruising, or are planning on cruising in the near future, worry not, for there are children everywhere. You may just have to wait a few weeks, but for a child, that may sound like years. And I have not met a kid boat that is not happy to meet a new kid. 

  Here are who we have met so far: note this is not in order. ** *

Cat2fold: Georgie (11) and Beo (9) ** 

Empyrean; Zoey (5), Hannah (13), Emily (18) ** 

Beach Flea; Luke (11), Abby (14)**

Pesto; Raquel (11), Paulo (13)*

Full Monty; Colin (14), Justine (17)**

Pickles; William (12), Henry (13), Julia (15), and Christopher (17)**

Caramba; Hunter (9), Logan (12)**

August Dream 2; Annabelle (13)**

Cielo Grande; Lillie (4), Finn (6)*

Me Too; Brilee (17)**

Sarita; Katya (13)*

Terrapin; Emma (12), Jessica (13) ** *

Enough; Noah (10) Horatio (12)*

Wild Rumpus; Julian (5) Liam (9) Cassidy (12)** *

Batu; Sarah (13) Shawn (16)*

Ricki Tivi Tavi; Neli (8) Liam (11)** *

Waponi Woo; India (13)**

Kenta Anae; Matero (12) Shandro (14)** *

Tribe; Kikko (13) Kekoa (14) Nakia (15) **

Agamere; Simi (12) Maggie (9) William (7)*

Ceilydh; Maia (15)**

Zoe B.; Zoe (14) Hal (14)** *

Spanish Stroll; Andrew (14) Ariana (16)*

Namaste; Journey (15)*

Luminesce; Sophia (9) Anna (12)** *

Coastal Drifter; Ethan (age not available)*

Sang Vin; Jaydin (6) Dylan (11)*

Banyan; Esa (8) Adi (10)*

YOLO; Coulter (5) Prestley (9)*

Ballena; Roomy (30 Martin (9)*

Raireva; Isaiah (9)** *

Mango Mango; Memphis (16)** *

Velella; Leo (6) Benjamin (9)**

Velella Velella ; Edalin (3 ½)** *

Cape D; Julian (13)*

Zimovia; Dean (4) Ellie (5) Scott (8)**

Dakota; Finnley (5) Elliot (8)**

Wiz; Cooper (10)**

Nomi; Maeve (8) Moran (12)** *

Saverona; Nico (14)*

Magic Lady; Kaleb (11)*

Alert; Emily (5) Oliver (9)

Sea Glass; James (9) Jacob (14) Josh (16)**

Salt and Light; Karis (15) Toby (18)**

Secret Water; Josiah (11) Eli (9) Finn (8)**

Promise; Ali (12) Robert (9) **

Elandria ; Conner and Dylan **

Some of these kid boats have retired, some are still in Mexico, some are in the South Pacific, or beyond. But the one thing about cruising kids I love, is that if you guys haven’t seen each other in 4 years, you pick up right where you left off (minus the fact that they are all super cool and nice). 

These past two seasons have been amazing. Not only are the people really nice, but the food and weather has been amazing. There were fun and games, nicknames, sleepovers, and movies, as well as parting ways, and “aloha’s”. 

I am glad, in the end that my parents made us go on this trip, because I have learned so much, and have met so many cool people along the way.

 

Aloha, till next time, 

Nina

 

 

**kids this season * last season ** * both seasons

shout out to elsie, hey hope you’re well, and I miss you tons!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep in touch

I got affordable braces in Mexico!

        I got braces!!!!!   I have wanted braces since I was in fourth grade, I know I was insane, but I had sorta crooked teeth and a large overbite. My parents said that if I really really wanted them, I could get them, and here is how it went. 

   We planned on getting them in La Cruz, so while we were at Walmart, we went to Dentoamerica, and they said that they couldn’t fit us in till two weeks later. So we went to another place-not super sure what’s it called though. My mum and the orthodontist talked for a second in a jumble of English and Spanish, and she said that she could see me that Wednesday, if I could get my X-rays soon. We asked if they could get us an appointment, and they did. So the next day, our friend Willy, off of s/v Landfall, drove us to P.V, where we took my X-rays. 

  This X-ray machine was not your average X-ray machine (in the states at least.), if you live in the states, you know that they put that little tab in your mouth and treat heavy jacket, then use the little camera thing to take photos of your teeth. You don’t have to do anything but sit and wait for like 30 seconds. This one, you has to rid yourself of any metal, which was a lot for me ( two pairs of earrings, watch, silver bracelet, along with necklace, and a few more bracelets.) before they could take the X-rays. Then it was this machine they fit to your chin and it played music while spinning around taking the photos. 

  Once it was done, they gave us the X-ray, it was a panoramic photo of my mouth. The next day, after hanging out with a bunch of my friends, we went to the orthodontist. Usually, for the states, they give you a check up first, and make a plan for what they are going to do for you treatment. But instead, she began to work on my mouth right away. First she put this thing in my mouth, so she could see ever single tooth in my mouth(I looked like a horse), then she cleaned them with this super sour blue stuff. She then, added this sealant stuff that keeps my teeth super white while I have my braces. Then the worst part started, the glueing of the braces, it wasn’t all that bad, until she reached, my last molars, she had to reach with her fingers to the back, and well I can’t really explain it, but it hurt. She sealed the brackets with a purple UV light. It was now time to add the wire. This part didn’t really hurt, and I got to pick the color of the rubber bands. If you are wondering, I got silver, black, and a turquoise/green (Slytherin house colors. A.k.a, my house colors). Once we were done, we got this fancy tooth brush for my braces. 

   I was expecting them to hurt a whole lot, but it was really just sore. The second day I got them, I was eating apples (cut up.), the third, quesadillas and pizza. It was tough, but not that bad. My friends say that it hurts up to a week, so it was a pleasant surprise only having them hurt a few days. Though the second day wasn’t the most comfortable. 

  For the installment of the braces, it was $2,800 pesos or $155 U.S. (at 18 pesos to the dollar.), the X-rays were $335 pesos (about 18 dollars U.S),plus $500 pesos for the tightening each month. 

    I was so happy to get them, but of course, as soon as we made it back to the marina, one of my brackets popped off. I made a record, according to my friends. One bracket off in a hour. So the next day I got it fixed. And I got wax for my braces-grape and blueberry flavored-, so I won’t tear up my gums more than they already were. Three weeks later, I don’t in even notice them. And this Monday, I get them tightened

Keep calm and smile on 😬 -Nina🏄🏽‍♀️