Originally Posted by terminalcitygrl
I wonder why they were not permitted to clear out? It's sad that perhaps an administrative hiccup led to their having to spend the night in harms way.
They tried to clear out of Soufiere but the immigration officer wasnt on duty that day, so they went to vieux Fort to wait until minday and clear out.
I went to Vieux fort once by local mini bus, leaving the boat further north. Its a nice town. Just a normal town without tourists.
To generalise about the Caribbean
: the Windward islands
, excepting grenada
and the French Islands, seem to have a slight 'poor bugger me' attitude where they blame the rich whites for all their problems.
they are the reverse where they still clearly remember ebing pulled out of impending communism by the USA in the invasion. There is still a wall outside town with a lot of PRO-USA graffitti. Not something Americans are used to seeing! Many signs thank the USA and the other aribbean countries for the invasion. That wall hasnt been painted out since the invasion and I think it shows a real depth
of good feeling. The locals ALWAYS say good morning/good afternoon when you pass them in the street. THey are working hard to make money
and see the tourists as their way to affluence, not their way to crime.
The french Islands dont have too much of a problem because of their general affluence.
In the Leward islands any local with half a brain and physically able can land a job because the tourist insdustry is so large and diverse and the local population so small.
Then you have the terrible problems of Hispanola. I think many of the Caribbeans criminals come from Haiti
and they move through the islands desperate for anything.
I dont think the caribbean
is particularly dangerous. I would be very reticent in Trinidad outside the marina, I wont go back to venuzeala, and think haiti
is a basket case. In the other areas, its fine but criminals from the three bad countries have infiltrated so one must be on a high level of precaution. And that means locing yourself in at night.
Really, no boats do that. Lock themselves in at night - none. (Maybe some catamarans do) I have a little bet to my friends when I chat to them in bars, hereabouts: I bet you $1,000 Within a week I can break into your boat, while you are asleep, and wake you with my hand on your shoulder.
I make the same bet to you.
So how can we bleat if we dont lock up?