Grenada Travel Stories, Page 2

Transportation Transportation Transportation

Transportation Transportation Transportation

There is a joke in Real Estate, about what three things determines the value of property. Everyone will say.

- Location Location Location -

I sussed or feel the real answer is Transportation, however I am thinking for a guidebook the answer should also be.

- Transportation Transportation and Transportation -

However it needs to be connected, how to get from the airport to the bus terminal, how to get around easy. There is no connection, the easy thing, just tell you they exist.


Rooster Alarm Clocks

Rooster Alarm Clocks

Friday February 10, 2006, 4:59 AM

It is early for most travelers, at 4:59 am, I am thinking about getting out of bed anyway, however roosters are still noisy. I know they must be thinking, - I can crow louder than you can - Then the next one says, - NO, I am the loudest. - I do know and unfortunately, I have learned in many places, not all roosters crow the same, they have their own voice and their own special characteristic. Some are closer to my window and others are father away.

Here in the Mitchell�s Guesthouse in Grenada the neighborhood in the center of town is typical of any I would expect in a place that to me would not be great for making money. I expect, I am not sure, however this beautiful girl from Barbados told me that a person working in a grocery would make about 75 dollars U.S. per week in Barbados. I expect it is less or the same, the normal wages for a person around the world range normally from 3 dollars to 10 dollars per day, this is a world average as best I can tell, and the United Nations says poverty is less than one dollar per day.

However, what happens is you have all these small things like they raise chickens, have gardens, catch fish here in Grenada, and have money sent from richer countries. I have noticed already more Western Unions than in most South American counties as there is probably more person escaping.

A good factory is needed in the world in all locations that employs 10,000 workers, big employers as the mom and pop are all only raising chickens.

Oh, well, I am trying to figure out today how to explore.


How to Travel Cheap in Caribbean

How to Travel Cheap in Caribbean

Friday February 10, 2006, 5:09 AM

Budget Travel, he is a word that means little or really is just confusing, I am a budget traveler and for years and I think still it is part of the title of my web page. The word - Budget - implies or in most minds says, that I travel cheap. However, it is a deceptive word and a travel writer will say or use the word - Budget - and imply the place is cheap. This is in comparison to what, I am in a good hotel, and the room is fair, the noise of the roosters is outrageous; however, all in all the room is good. The curtains are flimsy so anyone can just walk in and admire the white boy lying in his bed; it is a normal five-dollar room in most of the planet. However, I am paying 32 U.S. Dollars and it is probably a normal price. I would say it was ok if there were a few people in the hotel and I was not the only person. I could go crazy by myself here.

- Budget Travel need so day - I am traveling on a price between X and X, this is budget travel. -

I am thinking there is probably no place on the planet I have heard of that is more publicized or more glamorized than the Caribbean. I have dreamed often of coming to the Caribbean and presently I am dreaming of leaving the Caribbean. I do not want to leave; I just do not want to be here alone. I am sure I could make this into a paradise and tell better gossip if I had a girl with me right now, I would be able to ignore the fact there is nobody to talk with because I would have a girl.

Budget Travel

I am a 5-10 dollar a day person, I like to pay about 5-10 dollars per night for a private room on the planet and consider the dorm beds in Europe a joke, like living in a slum.

Budget Travel in Caribbean.

Reality does set in to most travelers, they really cannot budget, they will spend what they spend and when they run out of money, they will go home. A travel out and about for one year has a limited amount of money, they spend it and than it is gone, they normally borrow from their parents or run up a big credit card expense, then ignore the fact to all the world and themselves that the spent more than they planned. Then you have the true budget traveler, the person who talks openly about money. Who will ask as I did yesterday to the taxi driver that was no help?

- Where can I find a cheap guesthouse? -

The like the tourist, they want a person that will pay the amount they say, they know if you care about the money than they will not make money. This is annoying, I know the taxi driver is not making much money for the whole day, does not live like this, and probably has not even traveled around his own little island country. Knows nothing of the world, but has become a money snob. He or she, I have never seen a female taxi driver, however he or she is not capable of seeing. This is greed, he wants a person that is richer than him to come and give him money.

Ok, so if I was traveling in the Caribbean on a very limited budget, right now I believe it is possible for sure, so far, as best I can tell for about 50 dollars per day including transportation. This is an average and the bad part is I know I could have and over the budget, through the sky, price of hotel for one night. I think though most are easy to stay under 50 dollars per night. The restaurants are normal here, I have not seen special yet, however most tourist need to make them into something special. I am looking now for normal, I am in a tourist bubble in this area, not a big one, and however most of the restaurants look like they are going for the yachters. I do not think there are any tourists here that live, except maybe for the yachties. There are maybe the cruise ship persons, and maybe some resort types. I have not seen anyone or enough to know, I do believe there are very few people in this area. Only about five people got off the plane yesterday at about 11:00 in the morning. There must be about 3 planes per day, I took the mainstream time for planes, not too early and easy to get on, there must be about 15 persons per day that come to Grenada at this time of year.

Seasonal Travel

I suppose the USA or European Summer is high season, and maybe next month after Carnaval in Trinidad many people will hop over here for a week.

It is going to cost or would cost me about 50 dollars per day to collect information for a guidebook. This is one of them places on the planet that needs the best guidebook possible. It needs the 500-page book on the one country, then to travel around or up through the Caribbean you would need to carry one backpack only for books. I am glad they have come out with digital information and computers. I could carry all the needed books on my computer.

I am being cynical, what they need is a guidebook in only one budget or price range, get rid of the crap. I do not need to know about the Hotels for over 100 dollars per night and for sure I am against, or believe the - Lonely Planet - is off base when they have a motto like - On a shoestring - however the only hotels the are really recommending are over 100 dollar or at least around 80 dollar per night.

There is always a way of finding a cheap room, especially when person here only make about 10 dollar to maybe 20 dollars per day, they must be able to sleep also and I do not even think the resorts would let the average person here enter, although I am not sure where the Cancun style resorts are, I cannot feel the resorts. I feel alone, the area I am located in or on in St Georges is quaint, colonial, has a fort on top of the hill, a feeling like half fishing port and half some old docks. There are too many new things to get the real history of the area, however when I close my eyes, try to ignore the new, I can see the history here. They have hidden it, however it is still here, under the covers and out of site, however, there is a feeling, I know somebody like Christopher Columbus came here in a wooden ship, and saw a much more interesting world.

I saw some Cinnamon yesterday for sale, in the streets, I asked the woman, if it was grown here and she seemed to be defensive. Yes, we grow many things on the island. Oops, what is up with that, Cinnamon does not grow or is not grown everywhere, I was surprised and happy, and I was not making fun. I guess I need to buy some to make her happy, there is this market area, just off the area where what seems to be a big modern bus terminal. I suppose people come here to trade or sell items, maybe a morning fish market. I liked the place, closer to real life and less of the ugly restaurants like the Tout Babay, some French name I believe, made to borrow my dollars and not give them back, plus not a pretty girl in the place, except for a couple of girls working. Like going into a mans bar, not my idea of fun and hanging on a stool.

How to travel cheap in the Caribbean? I think the answer today is research, more research, and staying a long time. The longer I stay in a place the cheaper it becomes, the more I understand how the place works, the better I am at going cheap. I can eat cheaper and live better, however I am still lost on what to do here, so hard to want to stay longer, I am dreaming of finding a beach. I am making enough money to come here; however all my best travel mates are not going to come and spend 50 dollars per day to live alone. The would want to spend 100 dollars per day and have some fun, or stay in Thailand or in Mexico, Playa Del Carmen, or some cheap place, and more pretty like Lago Atitlan in Guatemala and see something. Hanging is not normal for them; I am wondering where the celebrations of Christopher Columbus are located.

I use a guidebook, I always use a guidebook. If nothing else for the city maps, however the often are of little use if you are a real shoestring traveler. Christopher Columbus did come to Grenada; however, the local tourism departments are not making it simple, I must go search.

To travel cheap in the Caribbean a person probably needs to get in touch with all the diver centers and find the workers who make pages or some mom and pop pages. Write them all and find a way to do a home stay. I am going to find the zonal conditions, the best Center of the Backpacker Universe areas. The best first place to start, I will keep pointing them out.

Yacht owners or sailboat owners appear presently to be the only ones actually coming close to backpacking the Caribbean. They have something, I do not understand, called - Cruising Guides - something more or less to do with going from place to place, maybe this is the equivalent word to how I use the world backpacking. A reservation has very little to do in my mindset with backpacking. Cruising on a boat is more I believe about living on the boat, then going from island to island. My gut says the cruising guide may have better comprehensive information and may be better at telling me about beaches. The Lonely Planet seems to say, go to the resort hotel, if you are alone, they or what is called the - Independent Traveler - you are going to not be here so this book is not written for you. I hope and assume the Lonely Planet knows books like the - Lonely Planet Caribbean - is probably being purchased often by the - Cruisers - not by backpackers. The resort travelers need to stay in the resort, good way to make sure you are not meeting the locals.

Yuk, Yuk, fun in the Caribbean, that rooster is busting my?


Walking in Grenada

Walking in Grenada

Thursday February 9, 2006, 7:47 PM

I just returned from walking down by the bay in the center of the city of St George, Grenada, interestingly quiet. Many boat, both small fishing boats, large container ships, and a few midrange type ships are now tied off along the sidewalk on this bay. Nothing is happening, mostly just person sitting, some with a bottle, a few couples, one interesting man has a computer in front of some government like office, where it looks like he is trying to use the internet from a wireless connection. I am not sure what he is doing, however he is standing a very strange location with a computers.

There is some restaurant - Tout Babay - or something and it has a few couples, a few older looking men, maybe they are owners of the few sailboats in the harbor. I saw very little happening, however in front of the Mitchell Guesthouse some drunken girl has started talking, she is funny, most everyone looks harmless, and however I am sure a few person could get nervous with the assorted crowd of normals and abnormals hanging around.

It appears I need to do my stop at the exact same locations, say hello to the exact same person routine to break into some friendships with the locals Many person are friendly after I say hello first, however more of a - hey buddy- type hello, not a stop and talk hello. A few of the girls down the street seem friendly, I will stop and say hello, tonight they have the overlord protection of a lot of men hanging around. They are not being difficult, they just are too many men to be saying hello to the friendly girls in the one house down the street. Earlier today, I asked them to point the direction to the Mitchell�s Guesthouse as I was trying out a new path home.

The Guesthouse is empty, however it is in the middle of the city, I am will try to go to some beach called - Anse - or something like that in the guidebook tomorrow, this is suppose to be the best beach in the country I am guessing. Many of the beaches may have some cruise ship persons when there is a ship, however I am not sure how they take them and isolate them, keep them under moneymaking guard. Easycruises.com or something like that was here today.


Living on the Hook

Living on the Hook

Thursday February 9, 2006, 5:58 AM

Living on the hook is a phrase I heard in Indiana, I did not hear it in Chaguaramas, however it means in my mind to live on the anchor and come into shore for supplies and entertainment.

This is Craig and Captain Bill of the Odessa coming in from the boat; they have been paddling for about 100 meters.

This is a taxi that cost 5 TT or about one dollars U.S. to go from docks or Chaguaramas in Port of Spain to another boat or dock in the Chaguaramas.

A person is living on their boat, they come in for supplies, gas, diesel, parts to fix their boats, basically everything that you would want to do while in a hotel. What is maybe better than a hotel is they have all in one location you living needs and close to the boat. However, a problem is that, the harbor is not located in the city, when I live in a city I like to be close to the grocery, internet, transportation etc and most important, entertainment.

This is Craig waving; he knows I am pulling his chain. Earlier in the day, he pulled the cord on the motor cord about 50 times because the dinghy motor was not working correct. I am waiting for him to come to the dock so Captain Bill can go with me to the Immigration office here in Port of Spain and remove me from his crew. He is using the second motor, the boat on a great point has two dinghies and two outboard motors, this is a great selling point to me if a person wanted crew. The owners of the boat has the say, he is the Captain and controls the crew in many ways, good and bad. However to live and enjoy life a person must have the ability to come and go in hotel, in a room, on a boat or to express their freedom. Sharing the boat or key to a room with you girlfriend or boyfriend, husband or wife is different than sharing a boat with a boy like Jakob, an 18 years old self-center, selfish person or the Captain who only comes into the shore to drink his dinner.

Two dinghies is great, he wanted to get the one working so he could sell one and have some money.

Both motors do not work, I assessed that he had been sailing or living on the hook for three years, this means the maintenance of one of the most used items is not working, not one, but two. This is way behind on maintenance, not just a little, a lot; maintenance is normal and a needed. Common, something you plan on, however to not anticipate and plan for problems adequately can be very dangerous on a boat.

I saw that Stephen a guy from Bulgaria seem to want some crew more for company and less for workers, while Bill was in need of persons to work. In reality he had plenty of crew, however never was organized enough to maintain the boats.

Life is Good, I am off the boat, this is the Dinghy Docks, every Marina has a special area where you are supposed to leave you dinghy.

CHARLOTTSVILLE TOBAGO

One night in Charlottsville on the island of Tobago we was talking to a girl from Italy and a man from Holland that had sailed or crewed their way across the Atlantic Ocean. They was sitting on shore at 10:00 in a somewhat dodgy area, waiting or trying to figure out how to return to the boat. The boat they lived on only had one dinghy, the Captain of their boat had returned to the boat, and was suppose to come back and retrieve them, Charlottesville in Tobago is so small you can find anyone, there is only one place to dock you dinghy, the Captain just decided to let them hang. They were considering getting a room for the night, there was no taxi boat.

I probably am aware of the corruptive nature of people, I see this so many times in the world as person who have some way of shutting off something, than I am at they mercy. The Captain Bill of the Odessa was this type of person, he was more than willing to remove our freedom to come and go from the boat. He was not capable to seeing that we need to share the boat, even though he is the owner of the boat, he must also share the boat fairly. Now on the other hand, there is not a fair bone in the body of the Euro-trash Jakob, he would take advantage of any position at any moment. There are two sides to the coin; however, this is essences of choosing a Captain or choosing crew. Do I wish to share my room, my key, my ability to come and go with the person, are they fair and just, will they try to take advantage.

Living on the hook can be the Captain goes back to the boat, passes out from drinking his dinner and I am on the shore waiting for a way to get back to the boat as the night gets darker and life gets more dangerous.

Living on the hook can be that Jakob would have taken the dinghy, he goes off to Port of Spain and we are out in the boat until the next day waiting for Jokob to return. I was accessing and do not trust the Captain or Jakob to be responsible.

I can be Macho and take from them, I am bigger, stronger, and could easily take what I want, this is not my desire for the world, I have a choice.

Life is meant to be enjoyed, the nature of exploitation is everywhere in the world. Exploitation can be calm, quiet, easy and friendly. A person can be stranded because the excuse is - I forgot - IF a person forgets, is irresponsible, has an accident too many times, then I upgrade it to they are mean and cruel.


Grenada Walking Tour

Grenada Walking Tour

Start walking along the water, go up the hills and come down, you cannot get lost in St Georges.

I went for a long walk for me, about three hours along Lagoon Road here in St George�s the main city port of Grenada. The place is a long road along the water, the two lane road is fast and furious a little dangerous and so much traffic it is even hard to cross. There are two main bays here or harbors. One centers on these old red English style phone booths and the other around the Foodland grocery store. The Foodland grocery store area has about 4 guesthouses close however a long walk to the internet caf�. The Hurricane still can be seen here, as many buildings are beat up, I am seeing that staying in the Mitchell�s guesthouse was the best move, I have not found many of the Guesthouse on the list I have, however I have found many.

The bottom line is this, St Georges is or maybe could be a jumping point for other locations, hard to imagine wanting to stay for a long time, unless you are in a Sailboat and need some minor repairs. Then maybe you can get a nice room in the R.S.R Apartments and be close to the boat area or the foodland, however not close to the internet. A dinghy would be the best way to move around; however, I am not sure where you dock it next to the internet. I suppose you must think of what they call maxi-vans in Trinidad however something else here.

The have Red normal size vans, in Mexico they call them Combi, these run all the time up and down for I guess two Grenada Dollars� hmm, not sure, I guess they are Dollars, however you need to have correct change maybe. Easy to snag and many stops all along the waters edge. I am told it is only 2 dollars to get to the Grand Anse beach so this is where there may be bikinis, the place is very quiet presently, I am not sure what to say.

I am going to go to the Grand Anse beach and if not exciting I will book my next flight, there is a possibility I would go and look for the cinnamon farms or estates near Grandvillle, or on the road to Grandville.


Arrived in Grenada

Grenada

I am in the first Island north of Trinidad and Tobago now, I arrived about an hour ago, and opted to live in the Mitchells Guesthouse on Tyrell Street. The taxis at the Airport were outrageously priced and were asking 50 Grenada or about 25 U.S. for what I would have paid 5 or 10 U.S. in Trinidad, I shared a taxi, however the tourist went to a resort and were not really going to St. Georges so more or less in a somewhat different direction, not sure yet what we did or how I arrive here, my map would seem to point that I came from the opposite direction however I am lost. I am in the main city area of St George and happy to be in this area. I decided on the Mitchells Guesthouse even though it cost more than many of the guesthouse on my list because I do not want to live outside the information cure of this area. I have only seen a few tourist and the driver said the beach only has people when a cruise ship comes into the harbor, this is not what I wanted to hear. However I doubt the taxi driver ever goes and sunbathes in the sun and probably only goes to the beach once per month with his children.

Janice and Chris from Canada, however look Caribbean went to a place called Gems, they highly recommend the place and I had to say that 80 U.S.A dollars is a lot of money for me to stay alone, away from the main city and isolated. They were great people however on the two week tour and not on the 52 week tour like me, therefore on the normal tourist fare way of looking at things. Mrs. Matchless says there is an internet cafe down the street, I hope she is correct because I have been in bleak internet zone when in Port of Spain, I have not seen very many of them and suspect they will be few and far between.

MITCHELLS  - Why, because it is in the Lonely Planet, therefore hope there would be some people in the Hotel. Nope, strike one, nobody in this place, I feel alone, maybe they are out roaming streets, where is the world full of bikinis?

I am safe and sound, paying 32 dollar U.S.and she seems to like U.S. dollars for a night with a shared bath, the room is good, however the plugs are the obnoxious square ones from England, I had to jimmy the ground to get my round Germany 220 type one to enter, then I plugged in my normal slotted.


FREE WIFI in Trinidad Airport

FREE WIFI in Trinidad Airport

This is my first time I have encountered free Wireless or Wifi Internet in an airport, most of the time it is this pay too much for connection with you credit card, not my idea of safe and secure.

Amazing, and nice, I believe for business or marketing they should do this in all airports as a big welcome sign for the country, we aim to please, this may very well just be an accidental open connection.

I am in the - NO MAN LAND -

I have check out of the country, departed legally, however I am not in Grenada, I am in - NO MAN LAND - the county or lack of country in between countries. I will fly at 10:20 or something with LIAT Airlines, I purchased the ticket online, nobody here on this side has asked about an onward ticket. Many of the travel agents would do this, as they know they can say this and scare you into buying a second ticket.