“White foods” (sugar, flour and potatoes, most notably) are now
disappearing from my diet in an effort to return to feeling
attractive wearing my “itsy bitsy teeny weenie … bikini.”
- love cruising
- can’t get enough of the Caribbean’s exquisitely clear turquoise waters
- enjoy trying (hot sauce, rumand rum punch, mofongo, even sea moss…) and making some of the local cuisine (even when it turns out badly, click here for one of those fiascos)
- delight in opportunities to hang out with and get to know locals
- walked, hiked, bussed and swam much more than I did in my everyday life in “civilization” (multi-mile errands like these were not unusual; click here to read about it)
- packed onsome pounds; while unlike Vanderhoof I rarely touched fried food, those French territory cheeses truly were a terrible thing to waist (click here to read more about that)
- found the rampant tourism in many places created barriers to establishing authentic relationships (many locals are depend heavily on tourist dollars and our travel relied heavily on maintaining a very tight budget … click here to read about one of our most unhappy stops)
- learned to consider up front how much space, heat and propane would be required to make anything. For example, delicious as they are, there was no way I was going to spend 4 hours boiling breadfruit nuts (click here to learn about breadfruit and breadfruit nuts) in 80 degree temps in our 250 square foot, un-air-conditioned boat.
- thus far, learned more about practical galley cooking from fellow cruisers than locals (watch for a future post on that)
- What are some of your greatest travel experiences, especially ones where you made a genuine connection with someone who called where you visited “home”?
- Can you share a story of when your travel experience differed drastically from your expectations, especially compared to what you’d read or heard?
- What tips can you offer to us and other cruisers to keep in mind going forward on socially engaging with locals (and keeping the pounds off)?