Caribbean Trip. Feb 19, 2010

We got up early and sacrificed breakfast, much to Olli’s dislike in order to pack up the tent, and get to Jost Van Dyke, a small Island of 200 inhabitants, just off Tortola. Miche and I went into Road Town, where we bought $120 worth of food, which we hoped would last us for a few days. We then returned to the campsite, picked up everything and went to the ferry at West End. We got to the Ferry within 20 mins of it leaving which was great timing considering it only goes 4 times a day. The trip cost $25 return, which is fairly reasonable. The journey took around 20 minutes, and we arrived in great harbour on JVD. From here, we headed to the fabled Ivan’s ‘Stress Free’ Bar and Campsite, where we were to camp for the next 4 nights.

We were expecting peaceful beautiful tranquillity, with our campsite just off the beach, with its white sands and brilliant blue water supposedly providing the perfect backdrop to a superb 5 days. This picture postcard place, however deeply masked a deeper undercurrent of bad feeling that emanated from many of the locals. They were from our impression rude unfriendly, and as we would find out 2 nights later racist, with the wounds of colonial rule, clearly not healed for a number of the inhabitants.

We very much enjoyed our first night however on Jost, meeting a nice chap by the name of Tyrone at the bar, who is currently living in San Fran, although was born in the UK. The Bar was surprisingly quite for a Friday night so we could sit and drink our own rum. We made friends with a number of Residents from St Thomas (US Virgin Islands), who were roughly the same age if not older. (On a side, not it seems as if the places we have been thus far are dominated by the older generations, which has not been a massive issue, as we do for the best part enjoy our company, but we are perhaps surprised by the lack of people our age.)

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