The farther away we sailed in the direction of the sea the more luxurious the landscape looked. We got closer to the shore line several times having had a glimpse of what daily life in the shore community looked like and having later been back to the overnight anchoring place after having bought the shrimps for our dinner's starters ventured innerland as the cook prepared our evening meal.
I don't think any of us was expecting what we came across on land. Some of the houses looked like rather expensive villas constrasting with most of the traditional ones built by locals. Some innerland water canals provided the transportation means for the local community and it was quite interesting to see a woman sailing a canoe along one of those. As evening drew we decided to walk back onto the boat because of moskitos harrasing us.
I handed out some of the things I had brought for the local children to a three child family living close to the anchoring place, as well as some to the cook, whom I found out to have a small child. I must confess I always get emotional to see and "feel" the extent of children's happiness once we hand them out small presents and school material.