Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunday 14th January

Dominican Republic

19 54.4 N
70 56.5 W

Gerry has been getting the weather faxes every morning and the long range (72hr) forecast is showing an improvement in the weather around Wednesday so we are preparing ourselves for a departure then – fingers crossed! After getting the weather details and having breakfast we donned the wet weather gear, even though it wasn’t raining at the time, and took the dink into the marina. If you remember from last week there is a boater’s flea market at the marina on Sunday morning and this week we were going to be on time! It started to spit by the time we were tying the dink up, we just made it in time. The flea market was a bit dismal this week – not much being sold and definitely no anchors for sale. I saw that everyone seemed to have a branch of basil but no one seemed to be selling it so I asked the nearest man who directed me to Rosa a local lady selling jewelry. I asked the question and lovely lady that she was, she handed me the remains of her basil stash – for free – what a bargain! It wasn’t until a bit later that I found out that Rosa is the wife of Bruce van Sant – the author of the cruising guide that everyone including us uses to negotiate their way south, the man himself was having a few beers at a table near by. Rosa told me that she does tours of the place so we may take her up on that if we are here much longer. We found someone selling cruising guides and bought one for Venezuela and I bought a small gift for our daughter – can’t tell you what as it’s a surprise but you can guess – it’s something that is indigenous to the Dominican Republic! We chatted for a while with some of the cruisers until someone mentioned that the internet was up and running again at the marina office. We headed straight there and logged on for an hour, checking our email, paying bills and uploading the last few blogs. As always the photos weren’t loading, I need a lot longer on a computer to get them to load but I will try again soon. The marina had a lunch special of pizza so we shared one of those and then headed back out to our boat. The afternoon was spent relaxing, reading books, playing cards etc. I developed a migraine and ended up going to bed early leaving Gerry to fend for himself.



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