...no time to be online anymore :-P
Well, you might have realized that I am now in the Caribbean as I didnt find the time to write about my adventures. Now that we have arrived here, I actually do have work to do! :-)
Ile Royale – French Guyana
Next stop was Ile Royale. I didn’t have any idea what this island was about – and: there wasn’t much to find out in the internet either! Even Wikipedia couldn’t give me decent information!!! Looking back it’s funny that I actually tried to find out whether I could go diving there...haha. Everybody was already wondering why there were no trips offered by AIDA (and believe me, if there is something to see, they offer a trip to make more money...haha).
Everybody was kind of free that day, so Aileen (biking guide), Ekki (Spa therapist) and I queued up for a tender boat (coz we anchored) to explore the mysterious island.
Once we arrived, it was obvious why there were no trips or anything planned for that island. Ile Royale is very little, you can walk around it in like 40 minutes. There is one hotel with a restaurant on it and heaps of palm trees. Many different animals were running around – it was just a paradise island.
The history of it, however, isn’t that lovely. It used to be a prison island were many people were killed. The prison cells were cruel!! If a person got send to prison for 5 years he had to stay in a cell for that long and after he had to stay on the island for twice the time longer! They tried to send 28 female prisoners in order to “produce” families but it didn’t work. There is a cemetery for children and women of the guards, if a prisoner didn’t he was thrown into the water for the sharks!!!
All in all it was a great day, but I am still amazed that so many cruise ship stop at this small island!
After one month, we had finally left Brazil and after the stop at Ile Royale we arrived in Trinidad. I had no expectation at all about Trinidad. Before my trip I actually had to look it up on the map to find out where it was :-P
We still didn’t have any diving trips, but I had to go along with a “beach transfer”. For some reason I immediately got a great feeling about this island. The landscape is beautiful and the villages and cities were very nice. People were really friendly and I was happy to be able to understand their language (opposed to Portuguese in Br azil) even though they have a weird accent. The beach transfer was a nightmare, there were 50 people and some didn’t show up at the meeting point but the beach itself was lovely! As there isn’t much diving around that island I am thinking of coming back to the sister island Tobago in the future! Does anyone want to join?
Good news and bad news:
Bad: I didn’t get to see much of the island at all!!
Good: I had an amazing time anyway!!!
Barbados was the “big day” for us. Finally we had work that was dive related!!! Plus, our new colleague, Christopher, arrived that day to support us now that we are in diving heaven ;-)
As I wrote earlier, I am doing the diving course with the people from our show ensemble. Barbados was the big day for them to jump into the water and dive for the first time in the open sea!! Everyone was excited, including me because I was so happy to be under water again!!! We had to do 3 dives that day which meant that there would be a tight schedule for us as we had to do all the skills! The first dive we did from shore, there was nothing to see except for sand. For the second and third dive we took a boat and drove just a few minutes away from shore to find 6 wrecks lying in about 6-16metres! All of the 4 students were perfect, so we had a lovely day with only diving!
Once we were back on the ship I (and the rest of the dive team) had to wash all the equipment from all divers and all snorkelers which is a hell of work!!! We stood there until 9pm until we finished! (I started at 8.30am!!
But I was still happy as I had a perfect day under water and my students were great in the water!
Ow yeah, we moored up next to the yacht from Bill Gates!!