We may miss Camp Grenada and our overactive social life there, but we managed to bring that camp culture with us. As more boats arrived in Bonaire from Grenada, our group was growing and still more boats were expected. However, Tropical Storm Matthew was heading our way and expected to become a major hurricane. We were closely tracking Matthew’s path and getting a bit nervous. What happened to the “safe” ABCs that were outside the hurricane belt? Nothing to do about it but have “impending hurricane parties.”
On the last Saturday of the month, we attended the Taste of Bonaire food festival. Although we were on a Dutch island, the band played Latin music. I don’t know my Latin music well, but it sounded like salsa and I don’t mean the dip. It was a refreshing change and fun to watch the few dancers brave enough to get their groove on.
There were food stands from many of the local restaurants. The longest line was for Surinam food. That stand had a constant line all night. The local food isn’t spicy, but the Surinam food is. Maybe that should tell the other businesses something? We certainly don’t want everything to taste the same, but the other places could jazz it up a bit.
For some reason, when we go out to eat with Peter and Sally from Milly, we end up eating on the roadside curb. This picture cracks me up. Lesley from Sula was worried about me taking a picture of her eating, but food on her chin couldn’t have been funnier than the look on her face here! Sorry, Lesley, I had to share it. I hear her, “Oh no!” ringing in my ears as I look at the picture. Taste of Bonaire was a fun night with a great atmosphere. I recommend going while in Bonaire as it is a regular event.
We had to go searching for internet. Here we are at Zazu at the marina. This is where we all go every Wednesday for $8 Burger Night. It became a big social event with our growing group. Their house special drink is a passionfruit mojito. It is very tasty but too sweet to drink more than one.
How long has it been since you’ve seen a cigarette vending machine? The last one I saw was at the Otter Room Restaurant and Bar in Homer, Alaska. And it really wasn’t that long ago. Most every place else in the states removed them.
I don’t know how much they cost, but I do know they are way cheaper almost everywhere than they are in the states, where there is so much tax added on. Not that I’m complaining. I’d be perfectly happy if cigarettes disappeared and I could breathe easier.
Our main hang out for sundowners was at Karels, where we would buy beer by the bucket. Dave and I arrived early and enjoyed some quiet time beers.
Then our friends started arriving and we took over that part of the bar. We tend to do that. It is nice having fellow cruisers to socialize with. We automatically have so much in common that conversation comes easy even when we first meet. Every sailor has stories to share and every sailor loves to share them!
We recognized some more people from Grenada, like Vomo. There were around 20 boats represented at the going west meeting we had at Secret Harbour in Grenada. So there could be about a dozen more coming. Wow!
Our favorite way to socialize is by taking turns hosting on each other’s boats. This time Wade and Hodges hosted on Coco de Mer. Dave, being an ex-(or not so ex)frat boy, recognized Coco‘s shot-ski. What the heck is a shot-ski? Well, it’s a ski with shot glasses attached to it.
Wade and Hodges made this one with stickers that they collected from their travels and then lacquered over the top. They did a really nice job on it. I love the Catman sticker from Key West! So how does a shot-ski work?
Dave called out Stu and Lesley to join Wade and Hodges for the first go. He filled the glasses with BBD (Big Black Dick) chocolate flavored rum liqueur. It may have a controversial name, but it tastes delicious. Wade explained, you put your mouths on the glasses then tipped up.
There was a big height difference, so Wade had to do it in a squat. Lesley and Stu were troopers! They downed it with the young’uns! No problem.
That went so well, Dave decided everyone should try it. Sally looked bit nervous, but she was a great sport. We do find ways to have fun. My favorite is getting together on our boats and bringing an item potluck style. You get to taste so many different flavors. Everyone cooks differently and I love getting ideas from others.
Unfortunately, after one short week in Bonaire, we were going to have to leave. Matthew was getting close and picking up strength. As we posted when the time came, we made the decision to run for it because there was no space in the marina for us, nowhere to anchor and ride it out, and we were not allowed to stay on the moorings during the storm. But we weren’t ready to leave Bonaire by any stretch of the imagination! Next up, Curacao here we come!