I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Canoa learning how to shoot and edit videos. The locals have been so kind to me offering to help out. And so when I was asked if I wanted to go out on a fishing boat for the day to see what it was like I jumped at the opportunity.
I had a great time on the water with John David and Juan Carlos, talking to them about what it was like to be a fisherman but how important it was to their lives.
We were on Juan Carlos’ boat but we had to borrow the motor, he still didn’t have one because they cost $5000 and there was no means to borrow money. While a fisherman can make $800-1000 a month they needed to be able to fish to make that money.And so Juan Carlos was in a terrible cycle as he could not raise the money to get the motor even though once he had it he would be able to earn the money to afford it.
Keep in mind many people make the minimum monthly wage of around $300 a month – that makes a $5000 heartbreakingly expensive, especially as it can change the well-being of a family. John David at 23 is already married, with 2 small children.
This is why I travel. Why I could not leave Canoa. I feel compelled to learn how other people live. Travel for me isn’t about seeing sights anymore but talking to people.
And so I asked John David if I could share his story. To share with you just a small glimpse of what was so special about the people in Canoa.
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