Land of the Pitons

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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marie therese bay view apartments

Flag of Saint Lucia  ,
Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Once St.Lucian immigration saw my wristband i was let straight through without a passport stamp which i like getting but hopefully won't be a problem leaving the country either. I walked out of the airport and asked the tourist board 'how do the locals get out of the airport to Gros Islet cheaply?' After receiving the usefull information to bypass my arch-nemesis the 'airport taxi drivers' i reached a roundabout and boarded a 2.25 ec bus to Gros Islet, on the way to the small village i was tapped on the shouler by a lady who owned a guesthouse there, after telling me it's got a double bed, kitchenette, cable tv, hot water and a sea view balcony I her that it'd be probably to expensive for me, she told me it was 65ec (12.50GBP) a night which was matching the guesthouse i was heading for, so had a look and booked in for 5 nights..

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. Friday night is the big night there where the streets are packed full of people, mainly locals.. I saw 2 cat fights and 1 guy get handcuffed by the police who have quite a lot of them there to see everthing goes smoothly, After midnight i went to the Banana split nightclub around the corner to witness a lot of bachannal wineing by the local lucian girls.. unfortunatly i didn't managed to get a go this time.

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
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Bea on

Hey, would you have the name of this guesthouse ?
I am looking for something cheap, and am even wondering whether we should look for accomodation directly on the island instead of booking on the Internet.

Barb on

I stayed at the Cascara Guest house in 2008. It was a new additional room with
washroom. The room had a fan, tv, stove & fridge. The view was priceless.
The owner was very friendly.
My friend stayed at the guesthouse 3 weeks ago & was very pleased. She could not stop talking about the view.

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