26 January 2019
We've spent the last week in the Marina at Barra De Navidad. The Marina shares the same grounds as the Grand Isle Resort, an architectural amazement on a grand scale. The place had an eerie feeling to it. With the exception of us and fellow cruisers in the marina, it was nearly empty of hotel guests. We had the whole resort to ourselves, from the pool, spa and gym to the bar and restaurant. One night while at the bar all by ourselves, we had a great sushi dinner and our own personal piano player!
There was, however, another group of unwelcome guests...the jejenes! The jejenes are miserable little insects you can hardly see. That's why they are also called "no-see ums". They pack a mean little bite that leaves you scratching for days! Our ankles and legs were covered in bites. The itch is so exquisite, you want to scratch until you see blood, which is the remedy I finally resorted to. We've tried different repellents and even sprayed Raid in the boat! Our screens helped a little, but those little buggers still took every opportunity to get at us. With the exception of some missing flesh, we enjoyed our time at Barra de Navidad.
Despite the bites, David found "a piece of heaven" in Barra...the French Baker! Each morning, the French Baker would come into the marina in his panga filled with freshly baked cinnamon rolls, croissants, little tarts and pies. David would be ready to hail him on VHF radio to purchase at least 2 treats, sometimes more for "backup" supply.
Barra is a charming, little, cobblestone town that’s filled with everyday life. Brightly painted houses, tiendas, bars, and restaurants line the streets. We were amused to see school children of all ages neatly dressed in their uniforms and carrying backpacks much too large for their stature. Some children were accompanied by their parents walking them home, or driving them home on the back of scooters and ATVs, and on the handlebars of old bicycles. Quite a show of young, happy, smiling faces!
Today we are heading 20 miles south of Barra to a little bay called Ensenada Carrizal. Following wind and sails up! David is starting to go through French Baker withdrawal. Hopefully, no jejenes hitchhiking a ride on Pinocchio! More to follow in next blog post...