Are We There Yet?

So far, I have posted about our problems and how we’re dealing with them, but we are in The Bahamas!

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The VHF radio is the lifeline in the islands.  Most areas have a daily forum to announce activities and restaurants advertise their specials.  Friday morning there was an announcement about a school fundraiser luncheon in Black Point at noon on Saturday.  Even though we are on diets, we thought we better go support their cause.  The anchor came up in the afternoon and we motored over to the Black Point anchorage.

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The next morning, Betty pulled out the bottle of Joy!  That means it is time for a salt water bath…  Yes, we are in The Bahamas.

We headed into the dingy dock at 11 am, so we wouldn’t be late.  Stopped at Lorraine’s Cafe for internet to download email and then wondered down the road in search of the luncheon sight.  Noon rolls around and we can’t seem to find it.  12:30 goes by, still nothing.  Do we have the wrong day or location?  Finally at 12:45, we see some action under a picnic area across the street from the school.   We forgot that we are now on “Bahamas Time”.

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The menu was BBQ ribs or chicken, Bahamian rice & peas, Bahamian macaroni and cheese (has hot sauce and chopped up jalapeno’s in it), cole slaw or potato salad for $10 a person.  Grilled cheese burgers, served with macaroni and cheese, for $7.  Needless to say, we were first in line, but the cruisers and locals showed up quickly.

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Ida owns the Rockside Laundramat in Black Point and it is the nicest, cleanest laundry in the islands.  Sharing the other side of the building is a small marine store, that also sells local woven baskets and her home baked banana bread and carrot cake.  Upstairs are a couple apartments for rent.  Ida is the local beautician, where you sit on a bench outside of the laundry, looking at the gorgeous Exuma blue water, as she cuts your hair.  As if that isn’t enough to do, this year Ida, is the president of the school PTA.  She organized the fundraiser and cooked most of the food.

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Did I mention that dessert was also on the menu – chocolate cake with peanut butter icing or sapodilla cake for $2 a piece.  Sapodilla is a fruit that grows locally on trees is smaller than a mango, about the size of a kiwi and has a large seed.  The ladies serving said it was much sweeter than a mango, and very plentiful.  Both cakes were delicious!  Oops, where is my diet going…

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The school currently has 38 students and 5 teachers.  It used to have 100 students but Samson Cay Marina and Resort closed down as well as a few other businesses, so some families needed to move to Nassau to find work.  In previous years, we have seen the children on their way to school dressed up in their clean, freshly pressed uniforms, without a hair out of place, always friendly saying “Hi”.    Most definitely a great cause to donate to.

Back to the boat with full tummies, we pulled anchor and headed south to Cave Cay to anchor for the night.  We are definitely in The Bahamas, Mon!

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