Anguilla Travel Stories, Page 4

Map of Anguila

Map of Anguila

I am going to this country today Sunday, I will be there about noon today.

Here at this link has many maps, I am close to Saint Maarten or something like that, and the airport that serves is Antigua it appears. I am hoping to ferry hop to Saba, Eustacia (spelling) and St Barts, land in Antigua and fly somewhere over the rainbow.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/ma_mapofanguilla.shtml

Someone send my parents a HUGE world globe, big enough to see without glasses.


Free Wifi Antigua Airport

Free Wifi Antigua Airport

I am amazed, I think there are three free connections here in the Antigua Airport, I am in transit, in no-mans land between Barbados and Anguilla, however I am in the country of Antigua, however not in the country, ergo No-Mans Land. I have not idea how long my battery will last, the clock says 8:50 the time is really something like 9:30, I am not sure, I hope I am judging it right, I leave at 10:45 for Anguilla

One slip and I miss a plane, my time I have checked is 10:45 to depart with Liat Airlines. I am ecstatic to find some free wireless, contrary to any myths, the free wireless when really traveling are hard to hop on, the cost here in the airport is 12 Dollars US per hour for the box computer that are available, or 3 Dollars U.S. per 15 minutes.

Maybe Gary wrote me with the address of his friends in Anguilla, like most of the world they only really do email Monday to Friday, so a dollar short and a day late if there is not an email in my box already too late to adjust any plans.


Cheaper Airport Taxis

Cheaper Airport Taxis

I am in the Barbados Airport, sitting on the floor in front of the departure station in front of the Liat Airlines, no chair, waiting very confused in No-Mans land, where I have I think already left the country, not sure, nothing is clear.

On the entrance to Barbados they had the normal queue of Taxis, I did not have any Barbados money so went searching for a Bank Machine. They had an exchange, however not what I do, I never have travelers checks. Very seldom exchange when entering, sometimes just for taxi money. However because the Barbados Airport has the ATM machines in the wrong area, the departure, I needed to walk to the departure entrance to the airport.

Well, I got my money, then walked out, flagged a taxi down, he only charged me 25 Barbados and not the 30 quoted.

Many airports have an extortion system of taxis, you must pay. Only way to avoid is to walk outside the airport. Not the safest or easiest thing to do.

I have learned in Bangkok, very organized place that when the queue is very long I can go up to the second floor and grab a taxi just dropping off passengers. The taxi does not have to pay all the pay to play in the airport fees, is very happy, no wait


Travel Records

Travel Records
I am seeing that Caribbean is setting records for expensive services.

World Most Expensive Taxi in World
Bequia Island - St Vincent and the Granadines
Over the hill for 8 Dollars U.S. or 20 EC
This is not my idea of a taxi, however it cost me 8 Dollars U.S. to come over the hill in the back of a truck. Even in Europe this would have been less than 5 dollars, and I would have a car.

World Most Expensive Laundry Load
Barbados Guesthouse - Merriville Set Set
7.5 USA Dollars for a load, or 15 Barbados Dollars. This is some type of real record, on this I am serious. You can pay a lot more for laundry if you pay by the piece, or for short, shirts, trousers separately, however for normal laundry this the most I have ever seen for one load.

World Most Expensive Internet
9 Dollars per hour
The Gap - South Beach ICS Internet - Not the same as the coffee shop one.
18 Barbados Dollars per hour or 9 Dollars U.S. per hour.

I paid more for a really bad dial-up on Montezuma beach with a really mean Russian owner in Costa Rica, maybe 7 years ago. I would think this price is highest. Now this is for an internet caf�, if you do some pay by credit card, WIFI connection in the airports of the planet you can pay more. Airports are the most expensive non welcoming place for prices on the planet. What a way to meet the country.


Sailboat Comedy

Sailboat Comedy

I have made the choice to leave the boat and fly from Trinidad to Grenada. Craig was nice enough to give me a dinghy ride from the boat on the anchor to the shore. He asked me what I was doing, therefore I said to him that I was going to go and check into immigration, as a person is required to do, as I was not comfortable the Captain would show up as agreed and I also know they may have a checklist of items for me to complete.

Therefore, Craig gave me a ride in the dinghy to the immigration office.

DINGHY this is and DINGHY that.

The Dinghy stopped at least 50 (FIFTY) times on the way to the immigration, on the way to drop me off at the Powerboats dock here in Chaguaramas. In the end, we paddled the last 30 meters to the Dinghy dock. Interesting last amount of time spent with Craig, I allowed him to pull the cord every single time and said extra side comments. He has an amazing ability to not get too frustrated.

TOWED THE DINGHY TO THE BOAT

They have this boat taxi service, he calls them on the handheld radio and they came and towed the dinghy to the Odessa.

In the end, the list is never ending, and my mother wants to know if the boat is seaworthy or hopes it is seaworthy.

Does this mean the Dinghy needs to work?
Does this mean you must have three men on board to pull up the anchor?
Does this mean the new front rigging should work even though not tested?
Does this mean that one leak along side the engine is not a problem?
Doe this mean it is not important to have both GPS working?
Do all the bilge pumps need to work?

NOTE: What did the Odessa hit in the water?

The reason the Odessa was on the shore for a month is because they hit a rock, or something they are not sure of that put a 5 inch gash in the side of the boat or bent it back about 5 inches, I guess it did not allow water in the boat, however they hit something big enough put a gash in the side.

In the mean time, I went to the internet caf�, purchased plane ticket to Grenada for tomorrow at 10:35. I will fly with Liat Airlines. I am not an observer of the comedy and not part of the humor. As Craig was pulling the cord to the dinghy and it would not start a couple of men stopped by. We more or less said it starts and we are making progress.

He said,
- Are you AMERICANS-

I should have said,
- CANADIAN BOAT CREW - as the Captain of the Odessa is from Canada.

Embarrassing, interesting, a comedy of errors, if I have to ask myself.

- Is the boat seaworthy? -

IF I cannot just say yes, WELL, I guess I know my answer.