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Sunday, March 23rd
Last night we sailed south of Saba Bank and on through the Caribbean. We passed the Leeward Islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe before docking in Roseau.
The lore and lure of pirates is alive in Dominica; in fact, two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies were filmed here.
Dominica is a volcanic island and it is the effects of those volcanoes we're hoping to experience today as we hire a taxi driver, Julia, to take ...
... to tourists and the local populace. Small rowboats filled the bay as fishermen plied their trade on an outrageously beautiful day. Our next stop was Scott's Head, a tiny rock/peninsula jutting off the south end of the island, only connected by a strip of dirt road maybe 20 feet wide. Before that, again we stopped by a small seaside restaurant to order lunch for when we came back through. Scott's Head is really a small hill plopped right at the bottom of ...
... Dominican version of a native American reservation. Here is the only place in the Caribbean where the people who were here before Columbus still have a thriving community. The tour through the community was a very good one and I highly recommend it.
It starts with some background. Columbus came to Dominica, named it, left because he couldn't find a decent place to land, and then came back. The people who referred to themselves ...
... decorated to make it feel like it was outside. The food was ok, and the golden apple juice was really good.
Then, it was back to the hotel for my afternoon tour pickup. This tour took us on an inland water adventure. It was ok that it was raining all afternoon because we were soaked anyways. We first drove through the botanical gardens that I had walked yesterday. This time, I had commentary, but it still wasn't that much greater ...
... our last swim in the Caribbean before heading back into town for lunch. We then stocked up on some basic necessities (Diet Coke, chips, etc…) and made our way back to the ship. Marc and Matthew met us there in the late afternoon, and besides being dirty and sweaty, looked no worse for wear. It was actually a relief to have successfully managed our first port, and it made us feel we can manage the logistics of visiting 10 new countries over the course of the next 3 ...
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