Thursday, February 14, 2019

Animals in Cartegena

Sloths and monkeys,
Pigeons wearing spats
Bright red squirrels
Parakeets and Vultures
These were some of the animals we saw deep in the heart of the city of Cartegena in a three block square park.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Road trip to Cartegena

The bay is dirty and crowded
You will have to hire an agent to check you in and out
It is not safe

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A New Continent for Rhapsody

It's Colombia, not Columbia, something I never realized until someone pointed it out to me. It is an important distinction to the Colombians (no one likes their country spelled incorrectly) and there are even t-shirts pointing out the distinction. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Wet Windy Ride to Colombia

"It's one of the five most difficult passages"
"Plan carefully"
"Wait for a weather window"
"Be careful of the katabatic winds off of Santa Marta"
"Don't arrive at night"

This was some of the advice that we received when planning our passage from Curaçao to Santa Marta, Colombia, so let me explain...

Friday, January 4, 2019

Curaçao in pictures

Our first night in Curacao found us in the main town of Willemstad, the capitol of Curaçao. Willemstad is cut in two by the Saint Anne Bay.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

As Long As The Signal Lasts......

By Bob

Heading west to Columbia on the way to Panama meant a stop at the middle island in the ABC group of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. As usual something necessary had stopped working on the boat. Actually 2 things were on the fritz.  The watermaker doesn't desalinate quite enough, and our depth and speed instruments have gone incognito. So we came here hoping for solutions from a couple of trained technicians who turned out to be the same guy, and who in the end couldn't help us with either problem, but that's another story...

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Klein Curaçao

Our travels have recently taken us to Bonaire and Curaçao, and interestingly both have smaller islands nearby, named after them, Klein Bonaire and Klein Curaçao, klein means small in Dutch. Both of the smaller islands have no permanent residents (Klein Bonaire doesn't even have any buildings on it) and both are ringed by beautiful clear water and colorful reefs. Klein Bonaire is only a half mile off of Bonaire at its closest point making it very accessible for quick trips over for diving and snorkeling. Klein Curaçao is further away from Curacao so the trip there is not as easy, it is about a three hour sail, or 1 1/2 - 2 hour trip for the tour boats from Curaçao.