Bahamian National Election
Yellow PLP won. Government changed. What an experience!
Hello folks. When we started our trip in 2009 a good friend said something to the effect of, "Don't spend too much time reporting back home. Just enjoy yourselves." Guess we're there now. Sorry for neglecting our 'blogligations'. The first part of this year has slipped by in sunny, tropical way.
Thanks to finding a peaceful marina at Bahama Bay by Xanadu Beach, we've been fully occupied with warm breezes, great beaches, fish fries and fine new friends. Our tentative plan when we arrived at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island was to zip around the corners of the Bahamas, like proper cruisers. But instead, we found an opportunity to do all the things that we love and staying was not a decision.
Being able to participate in a vibrant community and to be included in day to day activities with friendly local people is a gift in itself. This marina afforded us many chances to hang out with local residents, international snow birds, other boaters and a few tourists.
One of the highlights was to witness the process of the Bahamian National Election, from start to finish. The entire event, including daily debates, constant rallies, radio talk shows and
Economy on hold
There are many buildings waiting to be finished.
the eventual 80% voter turn-out was a unique experience for blase Canadians.
Through Frank's research and the help of friend and college instructor, Andrew, we made 2 presentations to the shipbuilding and business students and teachers of the Bahama Vocational and Technical Institute, at the college and at the boat. The participants were terrific and we had a great time.
This text has crashed 5 times so we'll give up on verbage. Photos are in random order, a bit like our visit here.
Now we are preparing to cast off and head MELODEON north to Halifax. Tomorrow looks like a good weather so we are making final preparations. We will take another look at Tropical Storm Beryl before we decide. We've really barnacled ourselves to the dock, so there's been a long chore list. But now the dozens of salvaged conch shells are safely stowed and a pizza outing to Lucaya was a rare treat.
As you know, wifi is not an option for us at sea, but we will report when possible.
Enjoy your Spring and farewell from Freeport.
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