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Road Town

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  • Day38

    Tortola, BVI

    November 24, 2016 in British Virgin Islands

    We made it to the Caribbean!

    Forgetting that St Thomas, USVI is US soil, we were initially surprised to not be greeted by customs. Rather, we were hit with a giant heat bat followed swiftly by breath of air so humid it was bordering on drinkable. Then came the sweat. Heavy, relentless, beading sweat. Mmmmm.

    By the time we reached the ferry, I was in need of an outfit change. A brief look at the passports and we were on the boat to the BVIs. Not even an 18kt head wind could stop us. Or cool us down.

    After a few customs hiccups in Road Town, a long walk in the wrong direction with all our bags, and a twice-as-long walk in the other direction, we arrived at the hotel. (I should note that most of that walking was on the road...footpaths here are few and far between.) We quickly discovered that the hotel had AC and that's all that mattered. However, cue boat panic moment. For those of you who haven't been on boats, they get hot. The suns attacks them from the sky and the engine, stove, oven and lights heat them from the inside out. The only source of cool is the breeze which, at a low of 27 degrees, doesn't quite balance the system. I am genuinely fearing a non-metaphorical meltdown.

    We definitely hit island life square on. It seems very familiar to Pacific culture, the only difference is the locals aren't shouting 'Bula' from a distant paddock. Our greetings at the airport, ferry and hotel were somewhat inhospitable, which was a little disappointing, but experiences since have been better, now that we know that locals respond well to a smile and a joke. Now we just have to get over the feeling of being ripped off on every purchase (its bloody expensive here!!) and we'll be away laughing.

    Day two on Tortola was equally as hot, but I had come to terms with my early demise and got on with the day. Scoping out the supermarket situation was our number one priority. Where and how to feed three hungry boys, on an island of 2,500 people....for 2 months. The most highly rated supermarket was Bobby's who also offer delivery to you boat, if you order 7 to 10 days in advance. Our mistake. Upon inspection, Bobbys was under construction and was currently clearing stock. Something they failed to mention on their website. Not a refridgerated good in sight, nor a fruit or vegetable, nor a pricetag. Not a good start. Supermarkets two and three offered little more and we began to panic. Rushing back to pick up a windsurfer, and receive our boat briefing, left us anxious about this situation.

    Reinforcing the earlier mention of island time, our man David was late to the boat. But we'd helped ourselves to an introduction of home for the next two months. 50 feet of well used fibreglass with four cabins and a crews quarters - more than enough for three!

    After he arrived, his briefing was short and sweet (the way it should be) but the number of items that were casually skipped over for 'not working' was cause for concern. After insisting on several of them being fixed, we set out for a wee sail. All went swimmingly except for the fact the marina is too shallow to get out of without grounding the boat, and Dave had a personal emergency which cut the trip short.

    Fortunately for Dave we had already planned on spending the night in the marina, and took advantage of the afternoon to do our grocery shop. We finally found our mark on our forth supermarket and unleashed a Pauline Ellis special - two full shopping trolleys. Interestingly, we caught a cab each way which cost $12 out and $25 back. Riddle me that. It was however, a drop in the ocean for what was spent on the shop.

    The next day after a bit of faffing we finally set off, pushed out over the sandbar and hoisted the sails, let the dream begin!
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  • Day95

    End of an Era

    January 20, 2017 in British Virgin Islands

    The time to say goodbye to our trusty stead is upon us. Looking back, here's how the numbers stacked up...

    Today marks 56 days on a boat. 55 consecutive nights in a rocky bed. Six of those were on moorings and three in a marina, making for 45 restless nights on our own tackle. No mean feat considering how easily one could succumb to the ease of a nearby mooring ball. All of which, I might add, were dropped inside Scott's free diving range (60 feet).

    We've been to 20 islands comprising three countries on three different boats, and dragged ourselves through customs countless times.

    We've swum on every day except one (Puerto Rico) and we've snorkelled far far further than we've walked in that time. I haven't done the math but I'm quite confident we've breathed more air underwater than on land, 42 collective dives equating to US $350 dollars worth of air. I guess that qualifies us as fish? We've windsurfed in every country, and repaired the sail at least half a dozen times. Between activities we've read 28 books collectively.

    Keeping the team full of energy was tough given the appetites on board but we've eaten like kings and queens. All meals cooked aboard save for four dinners ashore. We've caught and cooked crayfish and fish (and coconuts...never again) and baked dozens of loaves of bread, baguettes and even bagels. To the patisserie, we've indulged in brownie, biscuits, cake and scones, and made do with limited resources and a faulty three burner gas stove/oven. That there is $2700 worth of groceries.

    We've barely seen a car, let alone a traffic jam. Public transport has not featured, period. We've set two alarm clocks and only risen to one. I've done two loads of washing and the same number of shaves and a total of three hot showers in two months. Pressing a shirt is but a far far distant dream.

    We've swum the bluest waters, sailed the strongest winds, climbed the rockiest mast, lay on the whitest beaches and watched the most glorious sunsets. The elusive green flash, still just that. To no end we will miss this lifestyle. I guess you could say, we've been living the dream.

    We're back on Tortola for two nights (courtesy of Cat's cousin Patrick and his family), then St Thomas for one before flying out to Cuba on the 22nd. Ten days in Cuba then we hit Mexico where we hope to rendezvous with our unemployed compatriots, Mike and Char. Tally Hoe!

    Hope everyone had cracking Christmas breaks, sounds like NZ took a bit of a battering but there'll be plenty of summer left yet!
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  • Day19

    Road Town (British Virgin Islands)

    December 15, 2017 in British Virgin Islands

    Ein Urlaub auf den britischen Jungferninseln im Karibischen Meer ist perfekt für Liebhaber von Piratenfilmen. Ein Besuch der Insel von Jost Van Dyke wird diesem Niederländischen Siedler und Pirat Tribut zollen, der im 17. Jahrhundert auf dieser Insel lebte.

    Skyworld: Road Town, die Hauptstadt der Britischen Jungferninseln, befindet sich in der größten Bucht von Tortola, der größten Insel der Gruppe. Um einen genauen Blick auf die britischen Jungferninseln zu werfen, sollte man im Skyworld zu Mittag essen, einem Panorama-Restaurant am höchsten Punkt der Insel, ca. 400 m über dem Meeresspiegel.

    Sugar Cane Bay: Einer der schönsten Strände Tortolas ist der Sugar Cane Bay, so genannt aufgrund der großen Zuckerrohrplantage, die hinter dem Strand liegt. Es gibt wohl kaum etwas Schöneres, als hier im Meer zu baden und sich am glitzernden Sandstrand zu entspannen, während Seevögel sich auf der Nahrungssuche aus großer Höhe ins Wasser stürzen.

    Callwood Rum Distillery: Es kann noch interessanter werden, durch einen Besuch der Callwood Rum Distillery, die die originale Struktur einer Zuckerrohr-Destillerie beibehalten hat und eine Rumverkostung anbietet.

    Virgin Gorda: Jede Bucht dieser Inseln hat etwas ganz Besonderes: Jedes Jahr segeln einige der größten Luxusyachten auf diesen Gewässern und gehen in den Buchten der Inseln vor Anker, insbesondere auf der bezaubernden Insel Virgin Gorda, die in jedem Fall einen Besuch wert ist. Hier reichen die Mangroven bis ans Meer und kühne Besucher wagen ein Bad an der Bucht von The Bath, an der vulkanische Gesteinsfelsen geheimnisvolle Grotten formen, die Sie durchqueren müssen, um zum Meer zu gelangen.

    09:00h:
    Wir machen an der Peer unmittelbar in Road Town fest.

    11:15h:
    Hier auf den Virgin Island hat der Hurrikan brutale Spuren hinterlassen, Faktisch jedes 2. Haus ist zerstört oder schwer beschädigt. Im Jachthafen sind viele der teuren Yachten auch schwer beschädigt oder komplett zerstört. Man muss leider auch sagen: Virgin Island klingt zwar irgendwie exotisch. Aber auch ohne schlimme Spuren des Hurrikan ist Road Town schlicht uninteressant. Ich wollte mir weitere englische Bücher kaufen, aber im ganzen Ort gibt es keinen einzigen book-shop. Bis auf eine Kneipe am Yachthaven auch sonst nichts Kulturelles ...

    Bild 8: Ehemaliger Trainer der DDR Eisschnellläufer. Mit ihm und seiner Frau hatte ich während der Reise einen besonders guten Kontakt. Er macht überall solche Spaß Fotos.

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    Editiert am 27.02.2018
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  • Day87

    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    October 18, 2016 in British Virgin Islands

    Tortola very nice but has very weird weather. One minute your taking a photo and the next your sprinting for the closest shelter because it's pouring. We got completely soaked because we weren't expecting it but we did get some good photos. There were lots of chickens running around posing for all our photos.

    After when I was back on the ship I video chatted with my sister for the first time since leaving. Getting caught up on all the gossip.Read more

  • Day48

    "Buy a drink" She said!!

    February 25, 2013 in British Virgin Islands

    Road Town,Tortola today and we continued our cultural tour of the Caribbean by looking for a cheap local bar, which we initially failed to do.
    The bars we passed were either closed or as in one case to expensive at $3 a beer!!.lol
    So we headed back to the harbour bar which turned out to be even more expensive at $3.50 a beer but it did have WiFi.
    I purchased 4 Carib beers, flippin heck that cost $14!! (I'm sure I'm turning into a Yorkshire man)
    I then says to the girl behind the bar does the WiFi need a password? To which she replies "yes", so I says "what is it?"
    She replies "buy a drink".
    Then me being the complete knob head that I am says "I've just bought one, in fact I've just bought 4".
    She looks at me and I look at her for what seems an eternity.
    She then says "right what did you ask me?" I said "is there a password for the WiFi?"
    She says "yes" once again.
    So I says "what is it? 'please' ", thinking she was being funny because I hadn't said please the first time.
    To which she replied 'buy a drink'.
    I actually opened my mouth to speak when the penny FINALLY dropped 'buyadrink' ......'buyadrink', what a clever password, far to clever for me obviously.....LMFAO
    On the way back to the ship we found a proper local bar doing beers at 2 for $5 and rum punch and something called a pain killer for $5 each, John insisted we tried one after our beers, I had a rum punch and he had a pain killer.
    I can tell you they both killed pain, until the next morning when they then caused pain....will we ever learn? ....lol.
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  • Day3

    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    December 20, 2017 in British Virgin Islands

    The British Virgin Islands, we discovered, are actually 36 islands. Of the one we were visiting, Lonely Planet said there was nothing wrong with it...but nothing right either! Road Town, Tortola, had too taken a battering from recent hurricanes and many of it's 'attractions' were closed. We went for an early wander around the bruised town in search of just one thing - playing cards. Having purchased these, we wandered back to the ship.

    We spent the afternoon much as the afternoon before it, relaxing in the Glass House - the indoor pool and sunbeds, alternating between eating, reading, swimming and sleeping! The holiday has been nothing if not relaxing.

    We returned to the Glass House for dinner - tapas and meat boards. The main restaurant on the ship looks the part, but the good has been fairly lacklustre, so we thought we'd give this a go. The food here was excellent, despite small portions. Our after dinner entertainment consisted of two trivia quizzes...one which we have won if we'd got there on time, and one of musical theatre in which we scored a respectable 50%!
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  • Day15

    15. Willkommen Road Town

    November 10, 2016 in British Virgin Islands

    Am Morgen gegen 06:00 Uhr sind wir in Road Town angekommen bzw. in der Hafen eingefahren.
    Es gab einen kurzen Regenschauer, den wir aber im geschützten Balkon nur hörten.
    Der Tag brach sehr schnell an. Zwischen stockfinstere Nacht und hellen Tag liegen sehr wenige Minuten.
    Es sind jetzt 26 °C angezeigt.
    Später legte auch das Disney Magic Schiff bei uns an.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Road Town, رود تاون, Roud Taun, Горад Род-Таўн, Роуд Таун, Род-Таун, Ρόουντ Τάουν, Rod-Taŭno, רואוד טאון, ロードタウン, როუდ-ტაუნი, 로드타운, Rod Taunas, ரோடு டவுன், روڈ ٹاون, 罗德城

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