Friday, November 30, 2012

Heading to Colombia Tomorrow

We got confirmation from our insurance company that Colombia has been added to our policy and so we are clear to head west. We are leaving tomorrow morning and will be traveling with two other kid boats, Sueno and Flour Girl, both of whom were also in Grenada. We have decided to sail straight to Cartagena rather than stopping in Santa Marta. Hopefully that will prove to be a good decision. We have heard that Cartagena is a very dirty bay, but that is where the stuff we want to see is.

But for now, we are saying goodbye to western culture, which we got in spades here in Aruba.... Not that I am complaining, having had a chance to see Daniel Craig at the movie theatre last night after having a delicious caffeinated beverage.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Full Circle to Curaçao

We made it to Curaçao a couple of days ago. Curaçao is where we purchased Blue Kai (then named Karicoli), so there is a certain poetry to arriving here, even though Danny is the only one of us aboard who was here for the delivery. (But a big shout out to the crew who DID brave those very hot, windless delivery days across the Caribbean: Tom, Ivan, Jeff, Jim, and Marty.)

We have really, really enjoyed Curaçao. Easy, cheap buses to get around; lots of interesting architecture and history in Willemstad; A-MAZING selection of reasonably priced produce; and a really enjoyable European feel. On the point of the produce, I actually found myself in something of a state of shock when I saw that the store carried kiwis, grapes, melons, and artichokes. And everything, even the apples and oranges, were at reasonable prices!! We have been staying in Spanish Waters, so the water is a little murky for our tastes in swimming. so I guess the only downside so far is lack of close beach and swimming, but we are moving on soon so we are not too worked up about the swimming.

Tomorrow we leave at the crack of dawn for Aruba. We will stay there maybe one day to rest up for our passage to Columbia. As for Colombia, we are currently thinking that we will sail to Santa Marta and explore the country (including Cartegena) from there. But any way you cut it, Colombia looks like it will be an adventure. Bureaucratic and otherwise. Must. Practice. Spanish. Ahorita.

For a bunch of reasons, including the visit from our very good friends, Jim and Mary Anne, and due to bureaucratic complications and costs if you stay longer, we will likely move along to Panama no later than a week after arriving in Colombia. But we are excited. I, for one, have never been to South America before (other than the guerrilla anchoring in Los Aves Venezuela the other night, which doesn't seem to count since we never went to shore).

I am thinking we need to download Romancing the Stone before leaving Aruba, though. :)

For now, over and out for tonight from Blue Kai.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Safely Arrived Bonaire

Hello and happy thanksgiving to readers of our blog. We had a long
but uneventful passage from Grenada to Bonaire from Sunday morning to
Wednesday afternoon. Three and a half days with only one brief
overnight stop in Los Aves Venezuela. We certainly had fair winds and
following seas with the spinnaker up for nearly the entire trip.
Internet is very hard to get here so this will be brief, but Bonaire
is really lovely. You can tell fishing is severely limited here (we
had to turn in all pole spears to customs upon entry) as the marine
life and snorkeling are pretty great right off the back of our boat.

We will be here another day or so and then move to Curacao.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Tropical Fruit Challenge

There is one orange, one lime, and one lemon in this picture. And they are all ripe. Good thing the lemon is so easy to identify by its dark green color!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Outside Chicago, Illinois

I never expected to feel so sentimental about chilly, clear fall days. I (Susan) took a last minute flight to Flossmoor, Illinois to visit my sister and her family for a few days. Right now it's about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and I love it! There is a fire in the fireplace, and all the leaves are turning. And I haven't heard steel pan, reggae, or soca music for at least 48 hours.

I do wonder how I will stay warm at my nephew's soccer game this afternoon.