Yesterday, I walked in Basseterre until my feet glowed under my flip-flop straps. There just happened to be a parade that was really cool. Young kids, the school band, and the big drums resounding off of the old buildings. It’s a little different here… everyone I have encountered is honest, and happy. It took some getting used to. I have been using both american money and the EC dollar. I run the calculations in my head as I receive change in EC. Often in the past on other islands I have been cheated on the exchange. Here, they point out my mistakes to keep me from shorting myself. The sidewalks are tight and people, very nicely dressed, step to the side and wait their turn to pass. You quickly find yourself returning the gesture.
I wanted to rent a car to explore, but now I am very happy I held back and called a taxi. It cost me $12.00 US into town, and after I watched my driver clear by inches on each side of his van, and NO parking available, I knew I had made the right decision. I haven’t seen any traffic lights here, and round-a-bouts are the norm.
This island is another example of (Now you see it-now you don’t). Right now, it is still in the, Island as I like them, mode. It is changing fast though. Condos, luxury homes, more luxurious shopping, and all of the electronic invasions of our privacy that we enjoy in the US. If you ever plan to come here, do it soon.
I have three new books that go to the editor in another week. The main character that has discovered how to extend his life in perfect health, escapes to his home on Nevis in all three books. I decided that I better verify my facts before the editor chops it to pieces. This is a new style for me and I hope you enjoy them. At this point, they are called Longue’ Duree I, II, and III.
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