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sailing and diving around the world
So, we've been in Curacao for a little over a week now, and we've been busy. The bus system consists of one bus that shows up once every hour. It's just the one bus that goes back and forth from Caracas, where we are, to Willemstad. It's hard to get around here in Curacao, that's for sure. Just the other day, I went to try to get some cash from atms, located in spots I've never been to before. So, rather than getting on the bus to head south for a fifteen-minute ride, I walked in the other direction, to Van Tweel's supermarket. My Canadian bank card didn't work there, so I walked next door to the Papagayo Beach club but my card wouldn't work there either. So, it was another hour-long wait to go to the other atm that always works for me. This little bit of frustration is definitely on the menu if you don't have a car, in Curacao.
It's really hot and muggy here, so I've had to make several trips to the lavandaria. That is also a fifteen-minute bus ride, very close to where the atm is. They weigh your bag and then tell you how much it costs. The two times I've been to drop off clothes cost me 13 guilders, the first time, and 21 guilders, the second time. If you drop off in the morning, they'll usually have it ready for you by 3pm. Once you drop it off, you've got an hour to kill, so you can walk over to the atm if you need it, go to Lunapark Minimart, which is right across the street from the atm, or sit in the mini restaurant that is at the end of the plaza where the laundromat is. I was sitting, waiting at the bushalte, yesterday, and a gentleman driving a Best Buy mini-van pulled over and offered me a ride back to the Pirate's Nest. Thanks Beaver. Interesting guy. He has several children and one of them is a judge. She knew she wanted to be a judge from the time she was 5 years old.
I'm writing this from the perspective of someone who is on a yacht, as opposed to someone that flew here for a vacation, but I've been here long enough to decide that Curacao is pretty boring, compared to most of the other places I've been in the world, including the other Caribbean Islands. In fact, Bonaire and Curacao are two of the most boring places I've ever visited. I was driven around on a scooter, the other, by Naomi, a young woman who lives here, and she took me back to Willemstad. We visited the fort, and took a walk through the Punda market. Not much to write about. Except that the scooter ride was a lot fun. Rather than waiting in line in traffic, Naomi would fly down the center line. For a full tank of gas, she pays 5 guilders.
The anchorage experience has been just as uneventful. The wind blows like crazy, sometimes up to 40 knots, but there isn't enough fetch for any waves to develop. The dinghy ride to shore is easy, with the wind behind us, but getting back to the boat can be a chore. Seems the anchorage is used by a lot of people who simply want to sit out the hurricane season. I guess they figure they may as well spend some of the insurance money they're saving, in Curacao.
They don't have speed limits in Curacao, and you can drink alcohol while walking down the street. There is lots of beer drinking going on, any time of the day. People will walk into a supermarket, and have a social beer together, standing in the parking lot. Strange that places like Canada, such a 'sophisticated' country doesn't allow that sort of thing.
Looks like we might be setting sail for Aruba on Friday. We might have another person joining us, so our departure depends on whether or not he can get here in a reasonable amount of time.