Goodbye To The CaribbeanSaying Goodbye To The Caribbean After 59 Days Of Sun, Sand, Sweating & Island-Hoppin'
”It has been a hell of a ride through 9 countries (11 if you include the Cayman Islands & Puerto Rico – I don’t) via as many interisland twin-prop flights, not 1, not 2, but 3 of which I missed – ‘relax mon, it’s the Caribbean!’ I’ve taken thousands of pictures, spent many thousands of euros & have a bottle-and-a-half of SPF factor 30 Nivea left.”
Goodbye To The Caribbean
After 59 days of sun, sand, & sweating, my Caribbean jaunt has come to an end. It has been a hell of a ride through 9 countries (11 if you include the Cayman Islands & Puerto Rico – I don’t) via as many interisland twin-prop flights, not 1, not 2, but 3 of which I missed – ‘relax mon, it’s the Caribbean!’ I’ve taken thousands of pictures, spent many thousands of euros & have a bottle-and-a-half of SPF factor 30 Nivea left, the other half bottle having helped nurture a 6-week Caribbean farmers tan that I’m immensely proud of.
Someone told me pre-departure that the Caribbean was worth skipping. I disagree. It was awesome. It has been a fairly relaxed 2 months and I’ve had plenty of time on my hands, but I’ve still managed to avoid blogging from the majority of the region – pictorial proof of my time in Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, Trinidad & Tobago & here in Curacao will eventually make it onto my blog but it seems as I travel these days I’m more concerned with living the moment than blogging it (if that way inclined, check out postings from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Dominica & St Lucia that I did manage to blog at the time while Caribbean island hopping).
Venezuela & South America Bound
In a few hours I have a flight to Maracaibo in northwestern Venezuela, the start of 6 months of travel on the South American continent. Needless to say I’ve been meaning to visit South America for a long, long time. I just never thought that once I finally got there that Venezuela’s second city would be my introduction to the continent – I’d never heard of the city before a few days ago, such is the way of spontaneous, independent travel. Not that that matters. If I’m being honest, I’m a little apprehensive about Venezuela. Is it as dangerous as they say it is (searching ‘Venezuela travel’ on Google & you’re presented with a full page of travel warnings, especially regarding the area around the southern border with Columbia that I intend to cross in a few days). What exactly is the present exchange rate (anywhere from 6, the official rate, to 400, black market rate, Venezuelan Bolivar to the US$ is what I’m reading) in the oil-rich, basket case economy. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be different. The start of a new chapter, a big one that’ll include, among many other highlights, 3 weeks of travel in Ecuador with my best friend, a trip to Galapagos, Easter Island, & to top it all off, & all going to plan, Antarctica, my 7th & final continent. I might be ready to take it easy for a while after that. I’ll certainly have lots to blog, that’s for sure.