Day 28: Utila Banda Independiente
Whatever sleep you lost out on yesterday, you made up for today in spades. You had a three and a half hour nap which means we didn’t have our first Utila town stroll until after lunch. We felt like all of the other backpackers crawling out of bed when the sun is high, but you were happy when you woke up, so we wanted to make the most of it and cover some more unchartered ground. We headed toward the Iguana Station but took some new back roads. As luck would have it, we saw some students carrying instruments and followed them to see if a performance was about to take place. The Utila Banda Independiente was practicing for their upcoming competition on the mainland and we got back stage passes to their practice. Although it was more like on-field passes, since they practiced right in the center of their baseball diamond which has never seen a lawn mower. All of the band members were excited to see you especially because many of them recognized you from walking around town. We seem to bump into little Kimberly a lot; on our hostel dock, at Chepes Beach, in backstreet tiendas, on her way to school, and today she spotted us again and came running to see you. You bobbed up and down to the steady bass drums, mimicking the tribal dancers as they swiped and waved their metallic güiros high in the air. The whole band was proud to see us enjoying the music and gladly posed for a group shot. With bananas and sweet bread in tow, we headed home to enjoy another sunset dinner.