29 March 2017

Grenada - Watercolors on the Windward Side

Cabier Beach, Grenada. Our apartment is on the left.
Here in the Caribbean - far south - things are pretty slow. 
We spent a month (!) renting a house on the "busy" part of the island.

Not very busy, really.
Then - we moved east - to the windward side.

No cities. Few towns.
Bumpy dusty muddy roads. 

Goats. Chickens. Pigs.
Enthusiastic roosters.

(I drew a LOT of little things in my journals-)
Jungles of plantain, papaya, coconut, mango, breadfruit trees.
Everything grows here.
And the flowers -!

Beaches without a soul around.
(ok, maybe a few iguanas.)

We found a place to stay at Cabier Beach - and we stayed a month.
It's pretty remote - and just right.

Pretty soon, it felt like home.

Weighing scales used at the local "green" market.
The parrots, the turtles, the monkeys, the zoo keeper (!), and the people who live and work here - 
they begin to know us and we know them.

 It's a mix of French, German and English - and some sort of local Creole.
And Bruno - he's French and runs a restaurant right here. Ah.

It's relaxed.
We make driftwood sculptures on the beach. 

Chase crabs to see if we can pet them.
(It embarrasses them, I'm sure-) 
Take beach walks.

Enjoy torrential downpours and spectacular moonsets.
Even take part in a "hash run" - a weekly event with a lot of  people, music, noise, color.

Good local beer and BBQ chicken. 
(These "hash runs", they happen all over the world, apparently - try it! It's fun.)

It's the sort of place that - when a visitor comes to eat at the restaurant, we all wind up talking, and sharing stories, and we leave with promises of meeting again, somewhere else in the world, somewhere in the future.

Our local store.

We draw. Play music. Feed the macaw. Walk. 
Discuss local politics and neighbors with people who live there.

The fellow who rents us our car turns out to be the local doctor. 
When Stan has a sinus infection, the doctor / car rental guy makes a house call. 
Then goes to the pharmacy to pick up the prescriptions! All for $30. 
(Since they don't pay him much, he has a small car rental business on the side.)

Grenada isn't glitzy. It's real friendly.
It's a regular place, not a "destination".
Most tourists only visit one small corner of the island.

Turns out - it's a great place to spend the winter. 

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