I'm on the road again!!!!!!!!! :)
Well, not quite the road, more like water!
Now in the Bahamas… As I write this I'm taking a boat from Bimini to Nassau…
Many thoughts, not much time to write…. It's a constant whirl of action!
My feet are already blistered, and my already worn sandals didn't last until the port of Miami! We'll see how some DIY repairs hold up…
After a couple of years off in Miami, I've had a chance to unwind, and now feel like going again. I was getting tired of the USA… Feeling like everywhere I went, I'd seen it before…
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The ferry ride from Miami to Bimini was beautiful. Along the way, there were these, which I think are flying fish!
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The Caribbean consists of basically a few spits of sand. Bimini is surrounded by a handful of cays.
Bimini is a small island. It basically has a handful of resorts, and a long road (the King's Highway!) lined with houses, shops, restaurants, and more. It took me about two hours to see the island by foot.
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This ain't Miami!
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The food smells delicious, haven't had a chance to eat it yet….
Arriving in Bimini, at customs they only gave me a seven day visa, when I had expected more. So, I have to find a way out, while trying to extend the visa. At the dock, I ask if there are any boats going to Nassau. (By the way, I'm imagining a NASA logo with Nassau instead…) There's a cargo boat going soon. It only departs three times per month! I have about thirty minutes to decide. Sure, let's go!
People mill about, drinking beer and smoking tobacco and marijuana as they work. "They're waiting on the captain," a woman says.
Not quite as luxurious as the ferry from Miami to Bimini - no onboard wifi! - although actually I feel a lot less seasickness on this boat, probably because of calmer waters. The water in the Caribbean is turquoise!
<turqouise water pix>
I napped briefly during the two-hour ride, the only sleep I had in two days.
The people seem extremely friendly. The place is laid-back, like going to small towns. A pleasant surprise after so long in Miami.
Here's my gear. It doesn't take a lot of stuff to travel!
It's terrific to get back out there again! I feel fresh! Excited for more.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!! :)
I've been adding my notes here as I've had wifi. Often I've made notes while away. For now I'm rushing just to get things posted, so there may be funny formatting, pictures not included where I'd like them, etc.
Above, I'm posting some of my early blogs from the Caribbean, which it looks like I haven't got around to doing yet.
Rock & Roll!
After arriving in Vieques, I agree more with having gone. Once underway, brain adapts. Do what's important, even though it sometimes feels wrong/hard/etc.
Vieques is promoted under an ecotourism banner as a sleepy, unspoiled island of rural "old world" charm and pristine deserted beaches, and is rapidly becoming a popular destination.
The mangos in the Caribbean have complex tastes. I feel like mangos here can have five or seven or more different flavors. For instance, some mangos taste like papayas, others like squash or sweet potatoes, etc. Some even taste like mango!
Ceiba seems like a noisy, conservative, small, rainy town.
What are some unusual ways to travel?
Animal. Horse, mule, donkey, camel, elephant, etc.
Alternative fuels. Biodiesel, etc.
Hot air balloon.
Advantages of traveling by human power, such as by foot or by bicycle, include the following:
- Good exercise. Get stronger and healthier while traveling!
- Better for the environment. Less pollution, cleaner air.
- More beautiful. See, hear, feel the scenery.
- More authentic. Move by your own strength.
- More social. Meet the locals.
- More fun. Get that serotonin flowing!
- Less expensive. Save money for things you care about.
- Appetite building. Food tastes so much better after a long journey!
- Life training. Improve your psychology.
- And beyond!
Raining most of the day. Weather calls for more rain for the upcoming week. I want to go to the islands of Culebra and Vieques this week. Probably go even if it's rainy, as Ceiba is a small conservative town.