22nd Dec 2009 - Caribbean Island Hopping 2010
We are still rolling quietly in the Bajan sun off Bridgetown.
It is now 3 days since we arrived and managed the lengthy clearing in process. The whole thing. from upping anchor to motor round to the Customs House, clearing through Health, Immigration and Customs and returning to the anchorage, took nearly 3 hours. Getting ashore from Mous'le is a little bit of a hassle - we either have to do a beach run which involves trying to shoot the surf with a significant capsize risk and a near certain soaking, paying 20 Barbadian $ per head to land on a private pontoon (the money was deducted $ for $ off anything you bought in the bar however) and motoring 3/4 M into the centre of town. After spending our first afternoon ashore, Penny and the Baker went back in the dinghy to try to download some email using free wifi. She was hanging on to the side an anchored boat when she realised the next one along was Pantalonaki, and Jose, our old South African friend from La Rochelle. From then on life has been 1 long party.
Today was the Master Baker and the Nurse's last day so we hired a car to show them what the were missing as they trudge their way home through the snowy wastes of the South of England.
We visited several places of interest on Barbados - Holetown and Speightstown on the west coast where the large resort hotels clash with the small wooden 'chattel houses' of old. These little wooden houses could be dismantled and moved if required if the owner has been given notice to quit. After dropping into the marina complex of Port St Charles in the northwest, we cut inland through fields of sugar cane to the more wooded and less developed east coast where we met a Coconut Man who was selling sugar cane and coconuts from the side of the road. After drinking coconut water laced with rum, eating coconut jelly and the flesh of the nut served with raw sugar cane it was time for lunch and we drove down precipitous lanes, over grown by trees and suddenly revealing amazing coastal rock formations until we reached our lunch stop. A small village pub/restaurant with a menu of baked pork, chicken spicy beef stew, mahi-mahi and dorade with fries or rice and peas with salad. This satisfied all needs, but left us with the need to rush the last part of our drive to the airport and the end of the odyssey for our two Masters, the Master Baker and the Master (mistress) Mariner!
The Master Instructor lost no time in moving into the forward cabin and was heard to mutter "Why didn't they go home days ago!"
We are now ensconced here till after Christmas and our US Visa application hearing on the 28th December. and we will probably move up the coast to Port St Charles to await the delivery of the visa, before heading off to St Lucia.
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