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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1973 - File 018. 1973-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2793/show/2785.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date December 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript Immediately alter wc locai-sd our- '*>hio, picturesquely named •MO?. "KYISTA' (OTHERSWERE \AMED MKR VISTA, THE HILTON THE ANNEX,etc.), WEexchanged me money for beads - those iittie snap-apart plastic ones - which we used in place of money. Four for a dollar. For example, beer - three beads; cigarettes - two beads; mixed drinks - five beads. That may sound high, but ice, liquor, etc., had to be flown in daily at a charter price each day of $126.00 plus the basic cost of the item. After the swim we were ready for our first cocktail hour. Oh yes, we did dress -- beads, short shorts, and bare feet. We were getting to know our fellow tour members better by now and found them to be from many areas in eluding South Africa, Tangiers, Canada, australia, France, Brazil, Mexico, HOUTON, L.A. DDDAt dinner, so many messkits were not there that we ate on the china provided by management. The rest of the week we ate out of our kits and washed them each use. The food was tasteful but the tours were the main attraction. We caught several tours where we visited Achutupu and Ailigandi where we viewed pre-Columbian culture; the Cunas are becoming recognized as the makers of molas - a reverse applique design in brightly colored cottons. In the States, Neiman-Marcus sells them for $50. to $175.00 each, depend ing on the quality of workmanship. In the islands of course, they sell for a pittance. Of course there IS THE AIR FARE DDDThe jungle safari was offered daily in the mornings (no guns) and we walked about 4 - 5 miles in and back. A breath-taking exper ience. No, Dorothy, no lions, or tigers....they were way out back in the jungle. We saw one little It didn't move. We did! All types of tropical fruits were on hand. No Comment. Limes, oranges, bananas, coconuts, along with mangos, papaya, and cocoa beans. We could pick them, but did not. Except each was able to taste the pulp from the cocoa pod. VERY SWEET. The beans are too bitter to be eaten raw. The climax of our safari was a skinny dip. The river, which we crossed several times on its meandering way tin search of the sea is spring fed, cold, and delicious. No tropical germs. You know what cold water does to you. it was strictly 'little me' aftder my first plunge. The scheduling for lunch, etc., is routine and th meals are light. Naturally, one may swim and sunbathe at any time during the day. He must be mindful of the little sea urchins which dot the lagoon floor, and always of the coral. Other than that, splash a- way! One may also grab a 'quickie' in his bohio if roomates ar<~ on tour or just out for awhile. Most of the time it wouldn't matter anyway. free-for-all! DDDSeveral teenage boys came ove) Several teenage boys came over from Ailigandi village to play volley-ball with the gringos. They are a very athletic people. The Americans may be taller, but, baby, they have lovely things going for them. There is also fishing and skin diving. You can look for shells and two ancient Spanish Galleons sunk close by. Treasure?Who is to know? Erron brought up an old jug from one of the ships. Since our island has two smaller uninhabited islands within a few yeards there was traffic. Privacy-seekers for nude sunning and swimming. Another island about a mile south is also deserted. OP- correction CORRECTIO N CORR# a mile south is also deserted, opportunity to run around bare- assed abounds. We didn;t until late evening on our island because we felt it might offend the indians who cooked for us. NOONE EVER TOLD US DIFFERENT. One may borrow the cayucas and sail or paddle around to the other little islands. Just don't run aground on a coral reef. Ii can be treacherous. Coral can cut your feet and legs to ribbons if you fall in it. By five, the siestas are over as are baths in the cold-water bohio stalls and so everyone gathers in the cantina for happy hour presided over by Garcia, our in- dian bartender. Dinner was served up by an ex-naval chef, with a real knack for cooking delicious dishes. One night we thought we were dining on chicken and later found we had eated IGUANA. DDDAbout Dennis Barton, our host he has a fascinating background and is wonderful with people. He knows the legends, stories of the area and patiently tells all. he hai in the year about our group and was aware we were Gay. He had had some misgivings before meet ing us, but one night confessed we were yhe most interesting, wao^Aiai intelligent group of people he had met. F;attery, maybe. But we believe he was telling the truth. He was still thinking about the old myth regarding Gays, and we weren't what he really expected. Our group throoughly overwhelmed from him head. Drinking after dinner put us in the mood for other things, and , strolling the beach by moonlight is a delicious way to spend an evening. The beach is a trippy place after dark. For those who have had their fill, there is the quiet rustle of the palms and the sizzle of the waves to induce sleep. Many personss conversed on the beach into the night... every night. At least that's what they SAID they did. Despite what some claimed, it is a BIT difficult to 'CARRY ON' IN A HAMMOCK! FINAL REFLECTIONS: 'The ROOM With A View*. I have a lovely picture of a blond friend peeched on it. ROOM IS A TWO- HOLE PRIVY ON STILTS OVER THE WATER AT ONE END OF THE ISLAND, open on two sides to the sea - - private to the island. No Glory-hole. Marvelous place to meditate. Private accomodations in the bohios. I have never see a group of relative strangers, especially Gay ones become a cohesive community with such speed and grace. We ate together, slept together, shit, showered and shaved togeth- coral cuts, etc., but most importantly, we laughed and played together. We laughed at each other and at ourselves. That's a rare quality we have forgotten in today's mad rat-race. For those of you who are waiting your turn for peace and love, you may obtain information on the COULTOURSto Isla de Oro from: The Colt Studio, P.O. Box 187 VILLAGE STATION NEW YORK CITY.N.Y. 10014. ADJUNCT FOR THE PRECEDING The tour these people have gone on, is only one of many available in the country. Many people have the erroneous idea that such trips are reserved only for the wealthy or have be a package already in existence. This is not only not the case, but it saddens one to think of the many wasted times, people have missed; the golden opportunities awaiting those who have the time to arrange their OWN tours. For example, a good travel a- gent, can, without much trouble, advise you how to combine a tour of your own that can be cheap, easy to manage, and where you can go at a fraction of the cost. If such travelling interest you, select an agency that does this for its professional living, and then find out from it what it can package for you. And plan ahead now, for a spring or Fall camping tour. It's easier than you know. And to prove, simply start using your phone to get the agencies interested in you. True, you'll have I to gather up a group, but it'll work Poge 17
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