île de graff..
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
173Trip End Ongoing
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Getting through the EU customs and immigration was a breeze.. they don't want proof of onward tickets, to know where you are staying, don't stamp your passport and there is noone standing at the customs desk. I decided to rent a car for here, maybe because i felt i could have done with one in the last two islands that i didn't want to waste my short time here. Driving to the resort town of Grosier from Pointe-A-Pitrewas quite dangerous, my first go at driving a left hand drive car had me reching with the wrong hand for the gear stick and having to keep fresh in my mind to stay on the right after junctions, obviously as always the local girls distract my attention when i'm driving but now here in Guadeloupe they have magnificent murals and pieces all over the town, i particulaly love characters in street art and here they are pretty common. The government don't seem too bothered to buff the graff so most urban canvases have been used up.
Gosier has two parts to it, one end holds the resorts which cater for french all inclusive tourists, and down where i'm staying they have managed to hold out from selling themselves to commercial tourism for now. The rates are still expensive, the first night i paid 61 euros for the one night, the hotel advertises all over town that it's rooms are 45 euros but when i got there they were apparently all sold out
The hotel i moved to is cheaper at 50 euros and has an amazing view of the sea but when i arrived i'd thought this place had closed down a couple of years ago, the carpark was pretty full but i thought maybe it was just beachgoes using it, the doors to the rooms looked knackered along with the walls and overgrown plants around the place. Later i found out that it was open but the owner probably hasn't spent a penny on upkeep in about a decade. Yesterday the local water company decided to strike leaving me without a shower or able to put my clothes into the local laundrette which resulted me in going for a drink on the friday night kicking out a right stink.
Today the water is sorted, but not my bank card.
Today i'm planning on soaking up some sun on the beach and then maybe tomorow head back over to Basse-Terre to climb up their active volcano La Soufriere, I've been to so many places called soufriere (french for sulphur)in the caribbean i wondering how the explorers of a few hundred years ago could be so un-imaginitive.