Cruising with Vida Dulce

16 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
15 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
12 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
11 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
10 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
08 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
02 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
01 January 2018 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
29 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
28 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
25 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
23 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
21 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
20 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
15 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
14 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
04 December 2017 | Guatemala City
04 December 2017
21 November 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
20 November 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala

On The Hunt

04 December 2017 | Guatemala City
Susan / mostly sunny, 80 degrees F
We arrive Guatemala City mid-day. After deplaning, clearing Migration & Customs and checking into the hotel, we activate our in-person hunt for our hostage wet bar fridge. We want “proof of life” before leaving the city for the Rio Dulce.

We have documentation of numerous phone calls and emails on the situation, and today’s follow up “we’re in Guatemala City right now!” pestering and persistence pays off in rolling bits of additional information. Bottom line, our fridge (along with the other confiscated items from this Transcargo shipment) is held at a DHL Global Storage facility. Apparently SAT (Guate Customs) doesn’t have their own storage facility. This turns out to be a very good thing. We eventually find our way there via taxi. Jerry talks at length with the guards behind a well-fortified gate before the person we want to see comes outside to us. More conversation ensues. Jerry shows him proof of our ownership and the correct shipping / tracking information. He agrees to take Jerry personally to the area, and allows the taxi with me inside the secure parking area to wait.

Must have been 45 minutes before they’re back. The fridge is indeed there in it’s original shipping box, stored on the 3rd level of one of the hundreds of 3-story storage platforms. It took a bit of extra time to get our pictures because the aisle in front of it was filled with other goods, which needed to be cleared away to allow the pallet mover with a person cage to be driven in. When in place, the DHL man is hoisted, and he takes the requested photos. Along the way, he gives Jerry additional information like the name & phone number of the SAT person in charge of Transcargo shipments. We were planning to visit the main SAT office as our next stop however we were discouraged from making an in person visit. Better to phone. So that’s what Jerry does while in the taxi. He’s told it could be 15 days, perhaps a month before any of the confiscated items from that shipment is released. Jerry repeats our assertion that our fridge should not have been confiscated; it is a pair, listed on the same invoice as the freezer that has been delivered. More talking. In the end, Jerry will just call him every few days to pester him; you know, squeaky wheel. We’ll go back to the city to pick it up ourselves from the storage facility if necessary!

So the good news is it has not been stolen by officials, at least not yet. The not so good news, we still are in waiting mode.

In related news, we are still waiting for our lithium batteries, as well. That entire Transcargo shipment was opened by SAT box by box, and compared to the paperwork. Now the Transcargo insurance people will not pay the taxes to have it released until they take a photo of the contents of each box and compare it with the paperwork to insure nothing is missing. Perhaps later this week the shipment will be released… perhaps next week….
Comments
Vessel Name: Vida Dulce
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Jerry and Susan Barber
About: Jerry and Susan moved aboard Vida Dulce in late October of 2010. We are currently in the Caribbean.
Vida Dulce's Photos - Main
26 Photos
Created 20 October 2017
17 Photos
Created 2 September 2017
4 Photos
Created 15 December 2016
9 Photos
Created 17 October 2016
20 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
North Coast, West section 2015; Havana to Baracoa Bus Trip 2016
100 Photos
Created 15 May 2015
38 Photos
Created 11 March 2015
50 Photos
Created 25 December 2014
The road trip included 7 States: WA, OR, ID, WY, CO, UT, MT
16 Photos
Created 3 August 2014
Hurricane Season 2014
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2014
Pictures of our stay in Honduras 2014
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 4 January 2014
10 Photos
Created 18 October 2013
4 Photos
Created 20 September 2013
Our Dec 2012 - Feb 2013 visit
55 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 December 2012
Happy Holidays from Isla Providencia, Colombia
11 Photos
Created 31 December 2012
Photos of my on-board garden
16 Photos
Created 28 September 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 December 2011
Pictures of our time in Panama, Sept 2011 - Dec 2012
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 29 September 2011
Pictures of our visit to Columbia, May-Oct 2011
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 15 July 2011
Photos of our series drogue and May 2011 practice deployment and retrieval
24 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
Pictures from our brief visit to Bonaire, Curacao & Aruba in May 2011
35 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our short stay off Isla Pelona in May 2011
17 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our time in Grenada, April 2011
48 Photos
Created 23 April 2011
Pictures of our island stops in the Grenadines, April 2011
36 Photos
Created 4 April 2011
Photos of St Vincent, April 2011
11 Photos
Created 2 April 2011
Photos of St Lucia March 2011
46 Photos
Created 15 March 2011
68 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Dominica 2011
3 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Iles des Saintes, Feb 2011
12 Photos
Created 17 February 2011
Photos of Guadeloupe, Feb 2011
49 Photos
Created 13 February 2011
Photos of Barbuda, Jan 2011
15 Photos
Created 14 January 2011
20 Photos
Created 30 December 2010
2 Photos
Created 26 December 2010
Photos of Red Hook, St Thomas and Vida Dulce getting a new bank of batteries and the installation of her new custom made arch which will support 4 solar panels.
28 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Haul out of Vida Dulce in November of 2010.
23 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
Lots of photos of various places not in other albums. Most are included directly in a blog entry.
27 Photos
Created 31 October 2010
15 Photos
Created 11 September 2010
A "Working" Trip with Jim to start outfitting the boat for cruising.
31 Photos
Created 10 September 2010
11 Photos
Created 5 April 2010
34 Photos
Created 5 April 2010