Land of the Pitons
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
173Trip End Ongoing
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The time i spent there was pretty much doing nothing, mainly watching bbc world and venturing out to the beaches to read my book and find some food
My last day up the north of the island resolved me to getting away from there, i visted the reduit beach which is a small tourist resort which is on an inferior beach to the one linking pigeon island to the mainland, the beer was expensive aswell so the next day headed down to soufriere in the south. The 8EC dollar drive down he was great, not including be crammed next to a fit local girl all the way, i also got to see the whole coastline ending with an amazing view of the Pitons as we entered the town. I've found a very cheap room, at only 40 ec a night, the room is probably as shitty and basic as i can bear, single bed, cold water, no tv or fan, gaps in the walls for mosquitoes to come in and bite the hell out of me.. the last 2 nights i've been sleeping under a cover, boiling hot trying to avoid them but have still ended up with numerous bites all over including my forehead and chin, which is new for me.. The plus side apart from being dirt cheap for the caribbean it has an amazing view of the town also it's stunning position looking out to see the sunset into the caribbean sea, the owner which likes to be called 'mama chassy' is a lovely catholic devotee who has a shrine to jesus at the entrance and walks around with her prayer beads has also done my washing for free and gave me a mango to eat and offered me coffee in the mornings
I've done some snorkeling at the marine park at anse chastennet where i swam through thousands of bunched up small silver fish and got eyed up by the large teethed baracudas roaming the area, after finishing my book on 'African independence' which felt like an eternity to get through i went to the bar to find the resort there is charging or really robbing tourists by charging 8.10ec plus a 10% service charge on top, i left to go and get my 3ec beers back in town.
Tommorow i'm gonna rent a car to get round the islands sights quickly staring with driving to the start of the piton climb, as i feel that i keep on spending too much time in one place, which is good for cultural immersion and to get a good feel of the place but if i keep on like this it will take a year just to get round to Mexico. So the plan is to speed up my travelling through the lesser antilies, hopefully get to Antigua and see the surrounding small islands within a month a then board a flight to the Domincan republic before the cricket world cup gets fully underway, and because this time next week i should be enjoying the carnival celebrations in Martinique so i'm currently brushing up on my french mp3s that uncle davros sent me back last summer