Too many yachties

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

before i left the lovely Union island i managed to get on a day tour with a 'captain yannis' catamaran, it consisted of 3 couples and me.. i most of the whole time chatting to the girl cook who there was one couple that i'd seen walking round union before, the guy was from London and his girl, from overhearing, was from somewhere in eastern europe.. when we'd got to one of the tobago cays and i was getting ready to snorkel, the girl came up to me and said.. "weren't you on carriacou last week?".. i couldn't remember her face till she told me she'd seen me on paradise beach, i did remember her then but without the london guy she'd picked up since.. anyway early next morning, 6am, when i was waiting for the baracuda boat to take me up the islands i see them two again walking up the peir wanting to board, the journey was uneventful coz i slept the whole way.. as soon the ship docked on the mainland of St.Vincent i could see my next boat the 'Bequia express' docked right next door to us, my baracuda boat rammed the express a few times to nudge it along and make space on the dock and let the cargo and passengers off.. i didn't even touch the ground but went from ramp to ramp to get on board and climbed upstairs to wait for the departure to the island of Bequia.. I was patiently waiting for an hour watching people onload and load the ships around us, some were cleaning the decks and throwing the rubbish past the onboard wheelie-bin into the clear dock water, some guys de-rusting the ships and many porters getting in the way of passing forklifts.. it was total controlled mayhem.. as the last of our ship was loaded and we were ready to go i could see the eastern european girl running done to the dock with her man on tow.. i felt likei was being followed and i couldn't get away from them, carriacou-union-tour boat-baracuda boat-bequai express-and now the island of bequia..

i'll keep this entry short as i didn't really feel much for the 4 days i had on Bequia (pronuced beck-way).. i didn't meet anyone interesting, i only went out drinking once and that was at the bequia music festival and i had to endure about 3 hours of country and western, jazz and folk music before the 'digicel rising star' (caribbeans version of pop idol) came on and performed some soca tunes.. the ladies there dressed up well, looking like they were in their sunday church dresses so hardly any flesh on show...

during the days i hired a bike and cycled from one end to the other.. i got to see the slightly eccentric 'orton king' who helps raise hawksbill turtles on his farm, another small ruins that overlooks the main town called port elizabeth, a whaling museum that houses all the gruesome tools to kill a humpback whale.. they still have indegenous rights to kill 4 a year but apperently only murder two.. and on the last morning a very interesting maritime museum run by Lawson Seargent who has met and made model boats for Queen Elizabeth II.

I was staying at 'julies guesthouse'.. which came with it's own mosquito net but not much else for 93EC$.. the girl who works in the kitchen was really friendly and was always smiling but overall i found Bequia very overated, there was too many yachties for my liking especially one stinking one that i met at the fort who was trying to get a vantage point to find his mates boat, i was nearly sick and was spitting for 10 minutes after he left, i think it's when they don't take fresh water showers and use the salt that it really kicks out a stink.. another thing i didn't like was the hunting of whales, on the sunday the had a well-known 'blessing of the whaleboats' ceromony that apparently had lots of food, drink and music.. i nearly turned up to curse them instead but didn't want them thinking i a tourist there to enjoy the festivities..
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