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sailing and diving around the world
It took us a few hours to get here, from Jolly Harbor Marina, and it was a lovely sail. I've been spending my time between Seabreeze Cafe, and Zamubuca Restaurant, uploading videos to the website. Internet, in general, seems to be slow here in Antigua. So it seems, so far, anyway. Falmouth Harbor is a very protected bit of water. We're on the hook at the southern extremity of the harbor, and it been great. It's been raining intermittently, which is kind of nice because it's a break from the heat. It's a short ride to the dinghy dock, which is located right beside Seabreeze Cafe. There is no charge, and no time limit. From here, it's a short walk to all of the amenities.
It's race week, here in Falmouth Harbor, and we're surrounded by some of the most beautiful sailboats I've ever seen. Lots of them are in the 'red light' club, meaning that their masts are so tall, they need red lights on top of them so planes can see them :) Hopefully I'll get some good shots of them. Feels more like I'm at a boat show, except, of course, it's better than any indoor boat show!
Had some fabulous burgers, on our first evening here, at Life On The Corner restaurant, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the dinghy dock. The closest ATM seems to be the one at Nelson's Dockyard National Park, just inside the gate. It's about a six-minute walk from the dinghy dock. I just got back from there. It wouldn't recognize my Canadian debit card. I forgot to notify my bank that I'd be using it overseas. Then, on the way back to Seabreeze cafe, I got caught in a downpour and got soaked to the skin.
I was smiling though, because it reminded me of the first time I was in Japan. I was in Tokyo, and it was July, so I ended up needing an umbrella. So I walked along a street until I came across a shop that had umbrellas, in a stand, just outside the entrance. I selected one, and went in to the counter to pay. I put the umbrella on the counter and looked at the clerk, waiting for her to tell me how much it cost. She gave a perplexed look and just stared at me. I darted my eyes down to the umbrella and back to her, smiled, and asked, "how much is the umbrella?" She replied, "we don't sell umbrellas, sir." So, now it was my turn to be perplexed, but it only took a couple of seconds to realize what I had done. I pushed my embarrassment aside and hurried back out to the street. It seems that the shops in Japan provide umbrella stands for their customers, while they shop inside. The Japanese people are very neat, and they clearly take very good care of their things, because all of the umbrellas that were in the stand looked brand new. So, I was attempting to buy someone else's umbrella! :)