26 July 2023 | Antigua, West Indies
Jenny G | Warm sunny and breezy
Current position:- Antigua, onboard
45' Fuji Ketch rig
Super Pedro's yacht
This location is the end of his solo circumnavigation of the world! It is a privilege to be here and sail the next leg Antigua to the Panama Canal with him.
We have docked at the Antigua yacht club for the past week to achieve the list of boat maintenance, repairs and a spit and polish all before we depart.
Everyday here begins as the breeze intensifies to a constant 15knot funnelled through the hatch above our bunk.
Off I go achieving my own list of things and driving all over this island, in and out of little villages.
Following below is a snapshot of what "I spied" whilst I consistently got lost.
Street stalls sell home grown mangoes, pineapples, greens, papaya, watermelon, plantains etc
Humming birds are swift, colourful and busy. Even the small bugs are bright red and blue and laundry hanging gayly flapping loads of. intense colours.
The street dogs are savvy, they look hungry but go about their own business. As do the goats and their kids.
Speaking of kids, the
pickneys are totally adorable, squishable and stealable!
The youth have such sweet innocence in their eyes, beautiful smooth skin and hair twisted with beads.
The adolescence are really too beautiful for their own good.
Anyone can get a ride by just standing on the side road heading the direction they need.
Both men and women have long dreadlocks or wear high hair under wraps a bit like Madge Simpson.
Adult Antiguans are very cool dudes, it is something about the way they walk.
I hear they can still cast Obeah - (voodoo or black magic) on someone if needed. 😳 eek!
Where was I.....
The village names are cute as are the gelato colours they paint the tiny homes. A favourite village called "Sweets" I'm thinking it would suit He Who Hums.
Everybody here has a nickname, eg "Spotlight" has helped us find our way for any product, person or place.
"Cute" has his face on the billboards around town. His nickname given at birth to lessen the fact that he was a butt ugly baby. 🤣
We haven't met "double ugly" but I am imagining.🤔
The patch of rainforest on the northern part of this island is richly dense, a perfect place to run the flying fox through the dark green lushness.
Beaches are plentiful, "honeymoon magical" and adorned with bright coloured umbrellas, lounges and I'm sure a tray of cool drinks!
A tip - Dining at any of the the beachside shacks or restaurants is a must-do.
He Who Hums asked around and found Sir Viv Richards and enjoyed 18 holes of golf, picking up chat where they left off back at The Gabba in the 70's/80's. However, the Cedar Grove fairways are wide, long and hilly. I could guarantee my golf ball would roll right back to me if I played.
Time here, (just like boating) runs by the cock crowing or the sun's position. And if you can't see or hear either of those it a "hair past a freckle" kind of life. 😜
They tell me there are only two roads....I can tell you should you get off either road there are many a winding track to take you deeper and deeper into a village, never to find an out at the other end.
I can confirm my sense of direction is shit. The landscape changes at every turn. Some churches have become vital landmarks but it all depends which bend on which long road you're on. There are corner shops I recognise ...then bright houses I don't! But, I stop to photograph these because of the perfect afternoon light illuminates the colour against the vegetation.
It's a collidescope of the above all flashing past me as I try to find my back across the island without GPS.
We have visited the Sir Vivian Richards stadium & training facilities, met with Sir Andy Richards and He Who Hums has discussed sporting facilities at length.
By day 7 the boat jobs and more have been achieved.
Tomorrow we'll leave Falmouth Harbour and head to ....(wait for it ) "Jolly Harbour" to check out with customs.
Provisioning will take place on Guadeloupe, the island where fresh and French produce are available and affordable.
My gallivanting, I see there are those here who-have ...and those who have-not, I'm not sure who is more content.
But I am.