Grenada has been our home for the past month and a half. We actually live on a boat currently; Sea Monkey is her name. But, at least once a day we head into shore to explore; excited to feel the earth under our feet. Also, the girls are like puppies and just need to run off their sillies! The following thoughts were mostly conjured during my runs around Grenada and Carriacou.
The people of Grenada are the friendliest. I've been told this before in guide books, on blogs, and in books. But, I didn't realize it until I lived here and interacted with the Grenadians. You really can't walk down the street without a sincere “Hello!” “Have a great day!” “Would you like a lobster?” (More on lobsters later)
Running. It seems it's love-hate here. I mostly get positive reactions (smiles, “Good job!”). But, there's the occasional person who yells “Stupid American!” Or, “Silly girl!” I get it. My dad thinks running is silly too; he would rather I stack wood or do something with purpose. But, I find it hard to get enough consistent exercise while living on a boat (notwithstanding the laundry).
Like the crows in Portland, and the pigeons in New York, Grenada has lizards. Lots of lizards! The kids love finding them, chasing them, and naming them.
Honking horns are a second language here. The buses and taxis use them constantly and they mean the following: “Need a taxi/bus?” “I'm coming around the corner/over the hill-beware!” “Are you sure you don't need a taxi/bus??” “Hi!”
Grenadians love sugary coffee and sweet wine. Nearly every bottle of wine says in the grocery store says: Sweet and light. Or, crisp and sweet. And with coffee drinks, It's best to order it without sugar, or sugar on the side.
This island has fabulous salespeople. This makes sense as a significant portion of the economy is from tourism. Things I've been offered for sale: limes, lobsters, fish, shrimp, mooring balls, help finding a good anchorage, hair braiding, a hiking guide. Most people accept a polite “No, thank you,” while others are overly persistent.
Folks here use weed-whackers to cut their lawns...in clothing from head to toe. I've seen maybe 2 actual lawnmowers.
Sunday, the day of rest, is taken very seriously. Most stores, including grocery stores are closed. Some restaurants are open, but just those that cater to the cruising community.
Quotes of the week:
Heard on the VHF radio: “Oh, Sea Squirrel! You're drink is melting! Come over already!” (I really wish we were Sea Squirrel for this one moment.)
“Are we there yet?” Kids, upon leaving Secret Harbor for Prickly Bay. It was a ½ hour sail (roll eyes here).
“OMG!! I LOVE pina coladas!!!” Gretel, after trying one again after many, many years.
“Look, I'm crying. No, just kidding! It's just sweat running down my cheeks.” Juliet
“I did a triathlon today!” Gretel, after going for a run in the morning, then doing laundry by hand, and then playing catch with the football.
“Mommy, you know I'm having the best day when I can't stop smiling!” Juliet, during our day trip to Annandale Falls and Grand Etang Park.