April 2008


 Woke up early. Lay there for ages. 
Got up packed and left for the airport.We flew on American Eagle to Puerto Rico on a ATR plane. Not as nice as the Dash8s.
Ate in San Juan. Then on American Airlines to Dallas and on American again to Seattle. Picked up the Jeep and headed home. What a journey. It went quick though. 11 or 12 hours.
Realta had a note up.
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Had Pagliacci for dinner.
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Carmen came by for a short while.

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Up and out the door at 5:10. Returned the car to the airport. We checked in on the Liat flights to St. Thomas.

Again we fly on Dash*  300 and 100 series. We Stop off at Antigua, St. Maarten on the way. Touch down in St. Thomas.

We go out and rent a car from Hertz. A Honda.
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We head off looking to find out Guest House. 

Found it pretty quick with the help of a local we gave a ride to.

“Island View Guesthouse” http://www.islandviewstthomas.com/
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A nice place. We get room 11.

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Unload the bags and head off on a ramble around the Island in a clockwise direction.
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We do the whole Island. I like the North side batter. As we make our way back into Charlotte Amalie the traffic backs up for miles. This island is too overcrowded. We find back ways around the town. As we drive along we see a vegetarian restaurant so we go around the block and park in front.
“Rootsie’s Ital”
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We go in and there is a dreadlock Rasta inside. He is a great fellow. He does all his own cooking. He is 57 years old and looks like in his 30s. He gives us a meal with all the different meals he had prepared. He gives us free banana drinks. He gives us a tour of his place and we head off full and happy.

We stop off at a mini mart for dessert. Inside there were people arguing about the Israel Palestine conflict. One guy was saying there would never be peace. War was the topic of the conversation. I was going to pipe in with my war stories about the occupied land of Palestine. Also I was going to quote “Machiavelli” on war “Wars begin where you will but they do not end where you please” I kept my comments to myself and left.

Back up to “Island View”
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Talked with the owner. He was a nice fellow too. Moved here 2 years ago.

Down to #11 and watched TV. First time in two weeks. I was out of the loop.
Obama was divorcing his pastor, McCain had a new health plan, A man had locked his 18 year old daughter in a room for 24 years shagging her repeatedly and fathering 7 kids with her. In Austria. Barak and Hillary more than likely won’t get enough votes to get the nomination outright. This will open up the job for anyone who may want it. Bring back The lunatic Howard Dean. I like him.

Good Night.

 Didn’t sleep too well thanks to the burn.
Watched “Miss Potter”
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I liked it.

Ate breakfast at the hotel.

Relaxed in the shade. Swam.

Ate lunch at the hotel.

Relaxed in the shade.

I went in for a swim for about an hour and a half. It was nice to cool the burnt body. I chatted to a woman from East London. Diane was her name. I then had to go and get ready for our dinner at the hotel.

 

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Had the breakkie in the room here.
We just laze around the pool for a long time.
Note To Self.
Self, wear fecking sun block.

We head over to Bridgetown for lunch.
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Everything was closed here on Sunday.

We head back to The Gap.
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and we eat at “Bean N Bagel” again.

Got gas for the car. It is $5.35 US a gallon.

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Back to the hotel. Swam and relaxed by the pool some more.

I am burnt now. Feck.

We ate dinner in our room.

Up at 5.
Over to the Gap for breakfast at the “Bean N Bagel” Then up the coast to Bridgetown.

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We then head up the coast to the North of the island.

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We stop into “Earthworks” http://www.earthworks-pottery.com/ on the way.
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We buy some items and back on the road.

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Along the coast.

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We made our way towards home and stopped into “Chefette” http://www.chefette.com/ for lunch.

Then back to Peach And Quiet.
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We swim around for a while.

Tonight we did the dinner show here.

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Dinner was good. The music was good too.

Made it back to 21 stuffed full of food and music.
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  Woke up at 3:10. Watched “Margot At The Wedding”
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It was on the edge of ok.

Finally it was bright enough to have a look outside the window.
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That’s why the sea was so loud last night.

We head out and eat breakfast here at the hotel.
Then into the Almera and off up the windy roads with the AC on full blast. Great views along the way. Our first stop was “Welchman Hall Gully” http://www.welchmanhallgullybarbados.com/. We walk around here for a long time looking back at what Barbados looked like 300 years ago.
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We then head off down the road. Next stop was up onto Chalky Mount. We went in to see a local potter at work. John Springer. He has the art in his family for many generations. We buy a bowl and headout.
Many people live in small movable houses called Chattel houses. They were from the plantation times. As your wealth grew you could build another one and join it to the one you already had.
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Saw an interesting Guinness sign on a pub on the way down.
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We stop off along the beaches on the East coast.

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The Almera
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We then stop in to “Andromeda Botanical Gardens”  http://andromeda.cavehill.uwi.edu/ We walked around in here for a long time looking at all the plants in bloom. Here are some.

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Into the car and off down the coast again.

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Another ruin.

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Then we head over to St. Lawrence Gap and into the “Bean N Bagel”  for a snack.
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Eat another good meal here.

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Then back to the hotel stopping off at a supermarket for drinks and snacks.

Into the hotel grounds.
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We walk around to have a look.

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We then swim in the pool for a while.
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Talk to a few people staying here.
I watched Margot And The Wedding again with Tasha. It was a wee better the second time.
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Woke up at 5:30 am.
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Packed up our bags. Went out for the breakfast. Chatted with Fred and Joan for the last time. Karen came out for the chat too. We then say our good byes and head off to the ferry. We take the early one and off we go.
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I liked our time on St. John. This island you will get a ticket for using a cell phone and driving. You will even get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt but you can drive down the road guzzling beer from a bottle and you are not breaking any law.
They are trying to eradicate all non native mammals on the island after Columbus came. All that was native before his arrival were the bats. So all the wild goats, deer, cows, goats mongoose and the like will be gone. Even the dogs and cats. Gone. You now can take a cat from the island back home with you when you leave. FREE. Well you will have to give the airline something.

We arrive in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas. Carnival is in full swing. Loud reggae music on the streets. We take the cab to the airport. Check in for our flights to Barbados. Then we head over to “Atlantic Seafood” for lunch.
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Back to the airport and board Elat Airlines for Barbados. We fly in propeller driven DASH 8 300 and 100 series planes through the islands of  Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica and then landing in Barbados. We go through Immigration and Customs. 
We rent a car from “Courtesy Rent-A-Car. We get a Nissan Almera and head off towards our resort in the dark. Oh I had to get a Barbados driving license at the airport. Anyway off down the road and got near to where we are staying. We stop off and ask people along the way. They were hard to understand but we found the place. “Peach And Quiet” http://peachandquiet.com/ The good Margaret meets us and couldn’t believe we drove and found her. 
She shows us around the place and then our room. #21  Persimmon.
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I head over to get ice to keep the water cool. I meet Victor the night watchman. We talk for a while. 
The ocean soundslike it is right outside our window as we fall asleep.
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