Turnabouts in Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 16:16

This morning, I failed to find a product I was looking for, there was a huge line at a place where I was going to ask about a service, and my carrying cart got hit by a truck. It's not even Monday!

Things continue to get back to normal here in Guadeloupe.

Never thought I'd write that! I don't think I even knew about this country until recently.

I'm starting to have departure thoughts. Not sure exactly when to go.

I like it here for the most part. It's comfortable, convenient, beautiful. Also has some annoyances, like anywhere.

Eagle Gamma in Guadeloupe

The whole notion of having towns and cities seems kind of funny, when you think of the humans who roamed around in small tribes for so many years. Now we take it for granted, but it depends on many advances in technology.

I think that people, some more than others, have a tendency to go with gut instincts. This can often help. However, it can be more effective to override these, with conscious decisions.

Often difficult to decide what to do!

Sometimes it takes blind action.

Keep on rolling!


The Calm after the Storm

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/12/2020 - 16:47

Things continue to return. I'm thinking that next week should be much more like before the pandemic.

I feel like so much has happened in the past few weeks, it's turning into a different place, I into a different person.

Some more stuff is open, but doesn't seem like the pandemic's over.

Still funny for me to see people walking around the Caribbean with baguettes, or to hear Caribbean people speaking French!

Tried some baobab. Tasty!

Baobab in Guadeloupe!

Shops reopening. Feels weird to have people out and about, not most tings closed!

Different place!

The schools are reopening. Continuing to feel more like "normal".

I'm now thinking of getting back to renting, and touring, soon!

Yesterday, while I was working, a homeless guy I've seen around walked by. When he arrived where I was, he started asking me for things and grabbing at me. I pushed back, but an external hard drive fell out of my open laptop case. The homeless guy grabbed it. When I chased after him, he repeatedly said I was in the FBI, and threw the hard drive on the ground, where it broke.

Tons of rats where I'm camping, and around town. They're annoying animals.

Awkward pickup line: "Do you want to be a mother? I can make you a mother."

Here's a rough demo fun song:

Keep on!


Traveling in the Americas!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 16:13

Much noisier than yesterday.

The mobile phone is becoming among my least favorite inventions. People talking loudly in public, driving their cars dangerously. What a nuisance!

More clouds, rain.

Guadeloupe is one of the more scenic places I've been. The Caribbean has numerous gorgeous locations.

It's fun and interesting to work on projects, for pay or for personal ends. Also, can be stressful. I guess that it's important to balance these, not go overboard, nor underboard! :)

Want to get to Trinidad & Tobago!

A new way to think of travels: After wrapping up the Caribbean, I'm thinking of doing Meso-America and Chibcha!

By Ökologix - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

A Month More in Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 19:05

Guadeloupe!There are often compound challenges in adventures!

Things take time. Often, far more than one first expects.

It can be fun to have patience! :)

The memory monster. Crawls around the things you want to remember.

Thinking of renting in May, if the places open up again!

May take all of May to wrap up my tasks here, before moving on to the rest of the island!

Taking a day off coffee/caffeine, as I often do. Often it's more than a day, weeks or months. I feel like having a slower, quieter day.

Many stores seem closed today. Not sure if it's a holiday here?

Oh, I think It's May Day?

Another week!

Getting ready to rock!

Things still seem largely closed, quiet.


Venezuela Dreaming

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:36

Plants Growing in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Another new week! Last one of the month!

Doing some work, experiencing the culture!

Things happen. DO anyways!

There are many stories in history that I hadn't known about, such as communist Cuba sending forces to fight the South African military in Angola.

Clouds bringing out some quiet!

Often feels too hot for my comfort in the Caribbean. I like warm weather, but somewhat more moderate than here, and way less humid.

Pizza paparazzi?

Nazi paparazzi?

Pizza Nazi paparazzi?

How's the pandemic going? I think we already past the date when I guessed things would resume, for the second time.

More noises again, but also some quiet spots.

Guyana and Suriname have larger map data than the islands I've been on. More there?

Yeah, Venezuela and those neighboring countries look huuuuge compared to these southeastern Caribbean islands! Hundreds of kilometers across instead of tens.

So many things that one can do. I guess it's up to each of us to decide and act on what we want to do!

Which takes balance, courage, self-knowledge, knowledge of others and the environment, and so much more!

Keep on going!!!!!

Continuing to work through the week!

I'm seeing a few more shops and stuff open up.

Carrying forth!

I'm getting excited to go on, to the South American parts of the Caribbean. Still considerable uncertainty in my route. And, of course, plans have a way of veering wildly. At least, my plans do.

I'll probably get another bike in Venezuela. Seems like it's a big enough country for that to be a practical requirement.

I'm thinking of going to Venezuela, but will do some more research nearer to going. I want to go, and I think it's safe enough, but we'll see.

So much to see and do!

Looking ahead!

More Caribbean!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 18:08

An Airbnb host I messaged said that place is unavailable. Probably most people aren't accepting guests now. Even among the Airbnbs that may be available, looks like not much of interest to me.

I think it makes sense just to keep camping until the pandemic's done.

I think I'm likely going to continue camping out for a few more weeks, then see more of the island while renting.

There are many large breasts and butts here! :)

Feels somewhat uneventful. Pandemic. Work.

At least it's a pleasant break from having too many problems! :)

Looks like the upcoming islands (Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) don't seem to have much interest for me, but are scenic, like many of the other small islands I've been to lately. At least it's pleasant!

Maybe I won't go to Dominica? Maybe I will? Small island, not much there, maybe on the way. Also, less visited than other Caribbean islands, so maybe more interesting in that way. Fewer beaches. Also, still some natives there, unlike on many other islands.

Looks like Trinidad & Tobago is different than many other Caribbean countries. More industrial, less touristy. Looks like it has tons of music, food, and other culture!

Weird, Courland colonized the Americas.

I look forward to getting to Trinidad, tons of Indians!

Looks and seems like a somewhat boring country to me, aside from the Indian culture.

Let's go!


Continuing in Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 04/20/2020 - 16:52

There are some small insects around here that look like pieces of white cotton.

White insect in Guadeloupe

There are distractions anywherewhen. Important to do the important work anyways. Relevant for people like me who are easily distracted, annoyed.

I'm going to try getting a place. We'll see if any of the Airbnb's are available during the ongoing Coronavirus. The hotels all seem closed.

I like camping, but it's getting increasingly frustrating dealing with some work issues with limited amenities open during the pandemic.

We'll see!



Submitted by eagle on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:23

I think I'm getting older. I just increased the font size, and I liked it! :)

At least I'm stuck in a beautiful place, which also has a fair number of amenities.

My emotions seem around 99% tied to the weather. It's sunny out, I'm positive and active. It's rainy out, I'm negative and sensitive.

Here's another view of Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles:


Eagle Eyes Adventure Goggles!

Traveling, living, going through many developments. Often difficult in the process, sometimes fun. It can be rewarding to look back and see the progress one has made!

I've had some tasty coffee here in Guadeloupe.

There are often distracting noises. Just focus!

Now making instant coffee with tropical fruit punch instead of water.

More rain.

I have a few more chores to take care of after the virus, whenever that is. I've been using the virus period to catch up on stuff, but some activities require stores to reopen.

Walked through some different areas of the town last night. I thought I'd seen much of Point-a-Pitre, but there remain some small parts that I have yet to see. Reminded me of when I first arrived. Also kindled my desire to travel again!

I'm starting to feel like a local resident!

It seems that one is legally supposed to have some sort of permission to stay out in public.

It's been getting noisier these days. It still feels, to me anyways, like the shutdown may go on for a while longer.

I think that's one of the more common things that I notice: things happen adapt. I guess it's one of the more broadly applicable lessons.

There are often difficulties along the way. Surmount!

Food & Drink in Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:10

I've had some of the sweetest, tastiest cucumbers from here in Guadeloupe.

Tried some foie gras. Delicious!

Grilled some horse. Tastes like beef, much tougher. Maybe somewhat more flavorful. Somewhat lighter, like pork.

The pastries, coffee, and such are also quite tasty!

Another week!

Awkward pickup line: "Hey, wanna get pregnant?"

I consistently find in the Caribbean that the geography is gorgeous, the food and some of the music are great. Some of the people, in particular in the Latin countries, are extremely generous.  Other people can be quite noisy and annoying.

I've been camping out a while. The hotels are closed. Not sure that an Airbnb host would want guests during the pandemic. I'm looking forward to renting a room again!

There are some canned products here that I like, which I haven't seen elsewhere. For example, cassoulet is a common one. It's beans with sausages and sauce.

Gradually improving in spite of the setbacks!

The hot peppers here are delicious, and quite spicy. I think they're a type of habanero, or related.

Tons of long line-ups here, for the few open shops!

Decent rum.

A bank's open, which was closed during recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the return to normalcy?

I'm getting to know the locals. I recognize many of the regulars, and some of them recognize me!

I guess that means it's about time to move on?

I'm now planning to stay until the virus is over, plus maybe two or three weeks. Then head around the island. Then next islands!

Flowers in Guadeloupe!

Caribbean Thoughts

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:15

After a year in the Caribbean, I've seen numerous changes of government, several serious problems, tons of gorgeous coastlines. I've eaten my share of fresh mountain fruits, coastal coconuts, and Caribbean cooking. I've heard numerous types of music in numerous languages.

I've liked some, disliked other parts of the Caribbean. Overall, I'm quite happy to have gone.

However, I'm now getting more and more excited to get back to the mainland.

Continuing to work through the challenges here.

I think it's often important if not necessary to deal with undesirable situations. For some of us, that's more difficult than for others.

Funny how things develop, often in unforeseen ways. Human ignorance can be our strong and weak side.

Same for knowledge.

If we have bans on environmental pollution like dumping industrial waste into water, and bans on light pollution in sensitive areas, how about bans on noise pollution? Limits on gas motors such as motorcycles.

There are noise limits in some cases, like municipal ordinances against blasting music at night or in certain areas. Just expand these.

I'm considering this period my rebuilding period. After a year throughout the Caribbean, I've worn through much material. Replenishing. Fixing and replacing broken gear. Catching up on work, tasks. Getting ready for the next year of travels!

Let's go!