Too many yachties
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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i'll keep this entry short as i didn't really feel much for the 4 days i had on Bequia (pronuced beck-way).. i didn't meet anyone interesting, i only went out drinking once and that was at the bequia music festival and i had to endure about 3 hours of country and western, jazz and folk music before the 'digicel rising star' (caribbeans version of pop idol) came on and performed some soca tunes.. the ladies there dressed up well, looking like they were in their sunday church dresses so hardly any flesh on show...
during the days i hired a bike and cycled from one end to the other.. i got to see the slightly eccentric 'orton king' who helps raise hawksbill turtles on his farm, another small ruins that overlooks the main town called port elizabeth, a whaling museum that houses all the gruesome tools to kill a humpback whale.. they still have indegenous rights to kill 4 a year but apperently only murder two.. and on the last morning a very interesting maritime museum run by Lawson Seargent who has met and made model boats for Queen Elizabeth II
I was staying at 'julies guesthouse'.. which came with it's own mosquito net but not much else for 93EC$.. the girl who works in the kitchen was really friendly and was always smiling but overall i found Bequia very overated, there was too many yachties for my liking especially one stinking one that i met at the fort who was trying to get a vantage point to find his mates boat, i was nearly sick and was spitting for 10 minutes after he left, i think it's when they don't take fresh water showers and use the salt that it really kicks out a stink.. another thing i didn't like was the hunting of whales, on the sunday the had a well-known 'blessing of the whaleboats' ceromony that apparently had lots of food, drink and music.. i nearly turned up to curse them instead but didn't want them thinking i a tourist there to enjoy the festivities..