Well, here we are in Margarita, a small island off the coast of Venezuala, definitely off the charter boat track, full of cruisers and live-aboards. It's a strange mixture of 1st and 3rd world, with smart shops and big supermarkets, gin £2.00 a bottle, champagne £80.00 a bottle - we'll stick to gin! We haven't had a margarita yet, but have had several evil rum cocktails, delicious but very potent.|
Getting to understand the place is very difficult, as neither of us speak Spanish, yet another of those things we intended to do on the way over, but most people seem very friendly and helpful. There is however a high crime rate, and we have to lift the dinghy and outboard out of the water every night, and not only put the washboards in, but lock them from the inside.
There is a chap called Juan who tries to make life easier for boats. He speaks English, clears customs for you and organises shopping trips etc. He also has a real knowledge of how to deal with things and makes life much easier, particularly since he has a pontoon with 24hr secutity for the dinghy and there's a bar/restaurant just next door. He's mentioned in the pilot book, but it's good to know he still provides an excellent service.
Jobs today include changing the watermaker filter, tidying up and scrubbing the decks - very little incentive to go ashore at present as guess what, it's raining again! Rol on the dry season, started in January!
Will try to stay in touch a bit more,
Bernie and John
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