Running around Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:34

Two locals stole my laptop. One of them distracted me as I was wrapping it up to leave where I'd been working. The other grabbed it and ran away. I ran after, but not in enough time. Fortunately, he only took the old laptop that was on the verge of failure anyways, not my passport, wallet, phone, and other stuff right nearby.

Most stores were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After walking around much of the town, I wound up at a supermarket. I left some of my stuff outside, and went in. No laptops there (some supermarkets do carry laptops, especially in these small countries). Picked up some vegetables (which the convenience store where I've been shopping during the pandemic doesn't carry much of); also, some glue to fix my shoe. While waiting in the slow line, asked the person behind me if any stores were open and sold computers. She indicated that a place somewhat far away did.

Outside the store, a bottle of soda was gone from my stuff. A guy who was begging outside the store came by, asking me if I wanted to buy a can of food, of the type that I had recently bought. I headed towards the store that may carry computers.

I walked and ran. It was a beautiful if somewhat hot day. Along the way, I noticed that I had the cans of food that I had bought! Made it to the store, which did carry computers. I bought one.

After a bunch of computer problems during setup, it does seem to run, so far.

These losses happen. Sad, but part of the process. Important to be able to handle these disruptions.

I liked running, but over long distances I far prefer biking. I think I'll still run/walk around this island, and maybe some or all of the remaining islands in this chain. Largely because it's a small area, I don't think it's worth switching to a bike setup for this since I'll likely have to get rid of the bike back on the mainland, and it's an interesting variation from what I've done.

So far, the new computer is waaaaay lighter, seems faster (although will probably slow down once I have more stuff running on it), probably has longer battery, and has a French keyboard layout and software. The French at least gives me a chance to practice that.

Also, it lacks certain annoying problems from the previous laptop, like a mouse pointer that would sometimes go berserk.

I don't know why this hasn't been invented, or if it has already: a laptop with the screen attached by extensible rods. You pull out the screen, so that it sits at eye level, while they keyboard remains at hand level.

Constant series of distractions, annoyances, problems: situation normal.

It takes a while to fix things, adjust.

It seems like there are largely problematic people in public during the pandemic, makes sense. Also makes it unappealing to stay here much longer. Also, while there are some decent folks here, they're often not my sort.

I think it's important to respond to situations as they occur, not just to follow one's initial notions.

As I've noted before, often things that seem like problems in the moment, later turn into benefits.

Weirdly, even the police station was closed. I would've thought that there would be more, not fewer police during a pandemic. I've seen a few police driving around, but not too many police out.

New laptop is lighter, quieter, has an easier keyboard, and numerous other benefits!

Like anything, it takes a bit of getting used to.

Some recent computers, like this one, resemble smartphones around as much as older computers.

Each place and time has its challenges. Seems better to tackle those challenges, instead of just wishing one didn't have challenges.

A tip for connecting to wifi. I've had numerous laptops fail to connect to wifi that my phone can connect to. Sharing a wifi hotspot from the phone disconnects it from the other wifi. However, Bluetooth network sharing (while somewhat trickier to set up) can connect to both a laptop and a wifi network, sharing the internet.

This has been one of the more frustrating weeks. Stolen laptop, weak wifi, stores closed, losing a few other small items. At least there are also better weeks!

And plus sides to these weak weeks!


I'm Caribbeaned out. Caribbean there, done that. Not entirely. There are still some places I want to go, culture I want to experience, and so forth. However, after spending the last year on Caribbean islands, and several years before that near the Caribbean, I feel worn out of the climate, much of the culture, and so forth. Looking forward to something different!

There are so many techincal problems in the Caribbean, it's a huge chore just to get anything done. (Not related to my above statement, I wrote this a while later while struggling with yet more annoyances. Well, not entirely related. It is an ongoing source of frustration, which I look forward to leaving behind.)

I do like Caribbean food and beaches, I think those are among my faves here.

Some of the islands, in particular the Latin ones, have exceedingly kind people.

The fruits are delicious!

There are numerous beautiful species of plants and animals which I was not that familiar with.

After a lengthy frustrating series of events, I've realized that I think I just went through with an incorrect render (lengthy process). As a result, I think I just wasted a bunch more resources, and STILL have more work on this left to do. One frustration piling on top of another. Yet, somehow, in situations like these I often feel a weird relief, having all thse frustrations bunched up together. Also, I tolerate this round due to the extenuating circumstances. I've been bouncing from impractical island to impractical island, struggling to stay safe, while also having a pandemic, crime, and more problems.


Tons going wrong. More computer problems, bad weather, obnoxious homeless people. Trying to solve computer problems, avoid the weather, and giving food and drinks and stuff to the homeless people.

Still, getting things done!

Wrong & Right

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:03

Things often fail; go on anyways.

Finally, sun's back again!

Things are going smoothly, considering the Coronavirus. Actually, as a person who's often complained about how loud it can get in public, it feels like something of a reprieve to have the quieter, emptier streets. Still, here's hoping things improve!

Tons of computer problems. I'm looking to repair my other laptop, once the computer stores reopen.

I feel congested, I'm coughing. Hope it's not Coronavirus!

Again, things often seeming to wrong, yet working out enough!

Sunset in Guadeloupe

Not sure about other places, but here in Guadeloupe it remains fairly deserted outside.

Another beautiful morning!


Further in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 17:34

Some more pet peeves about Guadeloupe: No plastic bags at most stores, including the supermarkets. The fruit and vegetable bags that are sometimes there, are often not on their rolls, but in random places. Also, the wifi usually doesn't work, as in many other Caribbean places.

One thing I like about Guadeloupe is that here in the capital there are several free public toilets. They even seem fairly clean in their automatic maintenance. Even more so in a place where there aren't tons of restaurant chains, this is much appreciated. More places should have this!

As often happens with me, Guadeloupe continue to grow on me the longer I'm here.

After my first infatuation, which I admit was in part just because the previous places had been so difficult, I had something of a sophomore slump. But as grow together, Guadeloupe and I, we're finding each other's passions.

These days I've been using a baby stroller to carry my stuff. I've been walking and running. Tons of fun! Way different than biking, backpacking. I'm thinking of strollering for much of the rest of the Caribbean!

Tons more rain.

I ducked under a shelter in a busier central location. Someone came by on a bike, and asked how much for something, I didn't quite hear what. After I told him I was confused, he asked if I wasn't the one selling powder. Oh, wrong person.

Rock & Roll!

Eagle Gamma in Guadeloupe!

Plants & Animals of Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:58

Things generally seem to go wrong, break, fail, etc., during complicated processes. Important to keep at it anyways!

Even as people scream or throw stuff at you, or whatever, just keep going! :)

I love the feeling of finishing a task, or even an important step!

Also, the feeling of idling happily in the sun! :)

So far, I've liked the coconuts I've had here in Guadeloupe. Sweet, large, juicy!

The mangos have been so-so. Flavorful but not my favorite. I've only had a small number.

Bananas have been rich.

Breadfruits have been delicious!

At my present campspot, one day as I approached I could see a cow. The cow seemed wary of me, so I didn't get too near, and

I avoided making much motion. A later day, the cow came right near me, and started eating leaves! Over time, the cow got

nearer and nearer, until I was worried that it would accidentally crush me! I moved to a different area, but it kept coming

closer, eating its way over. Cows can eat a ton! The following day, I could see that I was right under a tall coconut tree,

laden with coconuts! I moved to a different place.

This past week, Point-a-Pitre felt like a ghost town. Or, rather, a zombie town. Or a zombie town with homeless people. I'm

guessing it's going to be somewhat more of the same this week. Coronavirus.

I'm excited for another week of work, chores, eating, and other activities!


Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Money & Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 17:26

There's often an inverse relationship between cost and benefit:

Free: air, water, sex.
Cheap: bread, butter, beer.
Expensive: caviar, jewelry, boat maintenance.

Another Coronavirus day. Another Corona?

The supermarket was open for a half day. They had a deal on cheeses, so I bought a huge number. Delicious French cheese at less than the cost of many bland cheeses!1

Much quieter town. Maybe there should be regular Coronavirus pandemics?

I'm feeling much more comfortable now about the overall travel situation. After a large series of small islands with hardly any services, I was getting somewhat stressed. Here in Guadeloupe I've had tons more chance to recuperate.

Looking forward to spending a while longer here, then carry on to some more southern islands.

Let's go!

Bird in Guadeloupe

Some Further Stuff in Guadeloupe

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 21:36

WarmSpot (n.): A piss-poor WiFi connection.

Plausibulloney (n.): Barely believable BS.

So the surgical masks were for Coronavirus.

Seems fairly serious, dozens of people are reported as having died from it globally.

Most shops here are closed. I just about didn't have any food yesterday! Found a few open places, though. Picked up some baguettes, cassoulet, and stuff. Also, I've been eating local fresh foods. Grilled some breadfruits this morning, and had some coconut and mango.

I love the tropics! You can go outside year round. Also, so many of my favorite fruits grow here, and are widely available.

Some of my pet peeves about this place (Guadeloupe) include: lack of available tap water, some loud motorcycles (as in many places), lack of dental floss in stores.

One side effect of Coronavirus is quiet public places!

Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe!


A While Longer in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 17:31

A new week in Guadeloupe!

I feel fresh, ready to rock!

It still seems like a big enough town, Point-à-Pître, as I thought before, to stay interesting while I stay here for a few weeks.

I'm working, doing chores, planning.

I'm becoming somewhat acquainted with the local culture. I now feel less culture shock than when I first arrived.

It's one of the more pleasant places I've been in the Caribbean. The people are often (though not always) sociable, and in a friendlier way than in some of the other nearby islands.

The food and music and other culture are different, softer, than some of the other Caribbean islands.

I think that a lot of how one sees a place has to do with one's own attitude and feelings at the time, in addition to the local climate. Set & setting.

Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe!

Over the weekend I learned a bit about engines. I was considering printing a diesel engine for my upcoming November challenge. It looks probably too complicated for one month, and not exactly what I want anyways. But I have more appreciation for engines!

I'm still seeing more bicycles around here than I do in most other places, which I like!

For some reason I've seen a number of people walking and driving around with breathing masks. Corona virus?


Guadeloupe Thoughts!

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 14:30

Found another place to camp in a "wetlands" area, i.e. swamp. There are tons of these insects, which are smaller than mosquitoes, and more annoying, if that's possible.

Thankfully there's DEET, although even with that a few seem to find the uncovered areas.

Sitting in a park, charging up, some locals came and asked me what I was doing here. A short while later, they asked if I smoked, and offered me some drugs.

SDF: beggar. ("sans deux francs"???)

Camped in a forest instead of a wetland. Much better, insects-wise.

Woke up. Had breakfast of Coulommiers cheese (yum!!!!!!!), dark chocolate, cake, Suriname cherry juice, fresh local mango, tomato.

Now going to work on Eagle Eyes goggles. Goal: fix the text for printing.

The goggles, as with many things, are improving from exposing mistakes to other people's opinions.


After many months of trying, thinking, failing, I think I have the text decent enough for a first print run!

I like drafting 3D models, text, audio, and more.

I feel much better in quiet environments, although I understand that it's often important to work in noisy environments anyways. As I've already remarked on.

I often find that writing prompts make it easier for me to write. Whether a question, a topic, or even a sight or sound. It spurs ideas, emotions.

Such a pain to get things done here. Phone hotspot doesn't work, most wifi here only work on occasion, and slowly at that. Tons of noises.

Still, at least it's nice out!

My feelings about many small islands on the Caribbean! :)


Back to Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 15:34

I'm looking forward to trying some more foods in Guadeloupe. Fast foods, fancy foods. Bokit, crêpes, couscous, and more.

After my first week in the main town of Guadeloupe, I spent the last week in a smaller town on the outskirts. This weekend I've been walking yet further away.

I feel like I'm finally starting to fix up the financial issues from previous islands. Did some shopping.

There are products here from France and other European countries. I bought some brioche, which I far prefer to the baguettes. (Although I did have a delicious baguette sandwich earlier.)

Also, tons of French cheeses to choose from. Camembert, brie, chevre, and more. For far more reasonable prices than in the US.

Seems tougher to find certain products like insect repellent, but still there. I have yet to find a place where I can buy a phone card, which surely must exist since people here have phones.

The commerce is petering out here. I'll probably turn around tomorrow. Take a different route back to the main town. It doesn't seem like there's enough service out here for me to get any work done.

Instead, probably look in town for a phone card, spend a few more weeks there. Also look for a bike, which I think is far more likely to be found there than here.

I tried an anise-flavored iced tea. They put anise flavor in tons of things!

I've been getting rid of tons of things that I've acquired during recent months. Feels so much better to travel light. Still tons more to leave.
A few laptop bumps, but still working!

I had some more tomatoes from Guadeloupe. These were far tastier than the previous ones. They've varied hugely, even from the same batch. Some tomatoes here are flavorful, others watery, all juicy.

Also, tried some Guadeloupe guava nectar. Quite delicious!

Still tons more local foods to try.

Step by step, traveling, learning, trying, doing!

I didn't see any DEET-containing insect repellent, so I bought a bottle of the other stuff. It doesn't work. I don't know why people don't just buy DEET. I think that DEET is one of the greatest chemicals. It produces so much human happiness. Forget about street drugs. DEET actually keeps stinging insects away, and lasts.

I'm going to go looking for more DEET!

Guadeloupe seems fairly flat, with one large volcano, instead of the more regularly mountainous other Caribbean islands. Seems way easier to get around!

Walking through the countryside, Guadeloupe is one of the more beautiful places I've seen. It reminds me of the Cuban countryside.



Photo gallery!

My brain is readjusting to the metric system, which makes way more sense for measurements.

Can we get a metric clock and calendar, please?

I've often had difficulty overcoming my own laziness/self-indulgence. While I still do, these days I'm more often finding myself getting up and active early. I like the results, and honestly once I'm going I don't even mind the discomforts so much. I want to continue this way!

The French foods are so creamy, rich. Not just the cheeses, also deserts, sauces.

Made it back into town. Went looking for a phone shop. Bought a phone card. The wifi hotspot doesn't seem to work. The mobile data shows old 2G. The wifi spots from the company don't seem to work. Etc.

Things often don't go per plan, adapt and go on!

Went to a restaurant, had some bland fish on rice. Wifi hotspot still didn't work. Went to another place, had a salmon sandwich, tastier. They had wifi, which I connected to while there. After eating, wifi doesn't work. After much of the day, and a few dozen euros, still no internet.

My symbol for this place is a person walking around with a few baguettes in hand.

Went back into the restaurant a couple of times. Staff said it wouldn't work, shrugging. Finally, gave up and started to walk to another place where I remembered there was wifi. It started to rain. I ducked under a building overhang. An open wifi network! A loud homeless guy walked by. Now, the rain's stopped, and I'm online!

Maybe. Now it's not working?


Idea: Write olde time style day. For a day, write in Olde English, for business and personal writing, as if it were normal.


Cycling seems quite popular here in Guadeloupe, which I appreciate!

After trying another chemical insect repellent, it worked somewhat for mosquitoes, but not so much for other, smaller insects. DEET did the trick, right away.

Somewhat annoying, after buying phone service specifically to use a wifi hotspot from my phone or from the network, neither works.

Back in the main town on Guadeloupe, called Point-à-Pître, it seems both large and small. Fairly small area, yet quite dense. Has visitors from tons of different places. Interesting enough to stay around for a while!


Le Gosier, Guadeloupe!

Submitted by eagle on Sat, 03/07/2020 - 12:57

After a while of hurrying up from one place to another, because of various travel pressures, I feel like I'm now in a place (le Gosier, Guadeloupe!) where I can take care of a bunch of chores, get some work done, and do other activities that I haven't had a chance to do for a while!

Each day develops as we go along. Each week, each place.

There's a rude undercurrent here, not sure to what extent it's French versus Caribbean.

I'm not sure whether I prefer the French or Caribbean aspects of Guadeloupe. I think both, i.e. the combination.

Tropical plants and animals and weather, Caribbean and French food and drinks. Nice!

I think it's a Caribbean rudeness. Oh well. Nice food and scenery, and some of the people!

Getting some writing done here in the outskirts of the main town on Guadeloupe.

I think that the rudeness I've noted here is Caribbean rather than French. It seems like the same that I've noticed on other small Caribbean islands. I think that these small islands have large numbers of rich tourists (in this case, French). As a result, everything becomes commercial, and what manners there were fall by the wayside.

Picture the French and the Caribbean together. Not very promising for bureaucracy, eh? There are tons of offices for political candidates (at least they're interested), the banks seem often closed or out of service, etc.

Trying some beers here, kind of plain, not that high quality in my opinion. Maybe they'll have fancy French wines?

Let's go!

Le Gosier, Guadeloupe!