A Splendid First Week

18 Nov

Grand Bahama, while one of the more touristy and industrial of all the Bahamian islands, is nonetheless quite a beauty. We have been docked at the Sunrise Marina in Freeport and all is well. I managed to fix the water pump issue that manifested itself in the middle of the Gulf Stream. (Of course!) Turns out it was simply a loose nut that was attached to the pulley on the pump. The pulley was spinning but, because of the “looseyness” of the nut, it was not engaging the impeller. Thus…no water coursing through the engine bits. While it is a pain to be constantly fiddling with the water pump, I am learning a great deal about diesel engines in the process.

We have been enjoying the local flora, fauna, beaches, and most importantly, the people. Very friendly people indeed. Although we are the only cruisers at this marina, (I’m not kidding…the only ones!) the staff here have made us feel like family. The owner of the local ice cream shop (who is a teacher) has even offered to take the girls for a day so they can see what it is like to learn in a Bahamian school. Madi is very excited to experience this but Peyton is a bit apprehensive. We’ll see if we can make it happen.

I used my scooter to deliver a defective 3G hotspot to the local post office. I received lots of stares from pedestrians on my journey. It’s probably not often they see a 43 year old white man flying through town on a Razor scooter. Hey…it works! I did get a thumbs up and a “Dat is da way to go mon!” from a guy in a Rastafarian hat so that made me feel a little less foolish.

We spent part of our Sunday at a local resort listening to a time share presentation. I know, I know, time shares can be a huge ripoff. We agree. We didn’t go there with any intention of buying into it. We couldn’t afford it if we did. A local lady named Stacy approached us in the ice cream shop and invited us to listen to the presentation. She gets a little bit of money for every person that she lures in. We thought it might be fun and we’d be helping her out a bit. (She did give us a ride home after all.) Anyway, we should have just said no because what happened at the presentation essentially ruined our good moods for the better part of the afternoon. I won’t get into too much detail but suffice it to say that this particular time share company doesn’t look kindly to people from India. An Indian couple stated that they were being discriminated against. Thinking that it was some sort of misunderstanding we asked our presenter what the problem was. She said, with no semblance of shame, that Indians never decide on purchasing the same day so they wouldn’t even let them tour the facility. That was all we needed to hear. Exit stage left.

We cheered ourselves up by buying the girls some ice cream, Robin some Starbucks, and Andy a giant bottle of Cuban rum. Afterwards we took the Kayaks and the dink to a little beach near us and watched an amazing sunset.

 

Madi's hobby...collecting sea glass!

Madi’s hobby…collecting sea glass!

Sunset on "our" beach.

Sunset on “our” beach.

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4 Responses to “A Splendid First Week”

  1. haanli November 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Crazy about the Indian bias. You gotta wonder how many people of any nationality buy on the first day.

    • four2tango November 19, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      I posed that same question to the sales person and she said “99.9%.” Of course, to be polite, I kept my outrageous laughter to myself. In my experience, as someone who likes to debate, whenever someone uses the percentage 99.9 in an argument…they have just pulled that number out of 100% of their butt.

      • Roberta Oates November 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

        Hi Robin & Andy, Hope you saw my posted reply to Robin’s reply to me. Unfortunately, we we’re going to be able to see you guys today. We will however shoot for tomorrow (mid afternoon), hope that works for you. See you then. Roberta

      • four2tango November 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

        Roberta- I sent you an email. We are flexible…see you soon!

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