John & Anne Wiley

2013/03/28

Castaway to Peli

To ensure we had a place to sleep when we had little time for planning, we’d reserved a room at the Castaways. We knew it was near the Freeport city centre and thus a long walk from the water. But it was fun to wake this morning where many of the locals live and shop.

0825 Castaways View

0825 Castaways View

We dragged all our stuff around the area, chancing upon what seemed to be the main Grand Bahama office of Tourism.

0828 Tourism Office

0828 Tourism Office

Along the way we met this spiral tail lizard, fat and happy in the sun. He posed so nicely for this shot!

0830 Spiral Lizard

0830 Spiral Lizard

We were helped immeasurably by Pauline in the Tourism Office, who went to extraordinary lengths to help us try to find accommodations on other islands. She has an especially good connection on San Salvador Island, which is the one I’d found most intriguing in my research before we left home. Looks like thanks to her we might be able to visit there. 🙂

0061 Patient Pauline

0061 Patient Pauline

Anne was delighted to find this enchanting mailbox in the hotel lobby, where she posted those two cards. You know who you are. 😉

0058 Magic Mail

0058 Magic Mail

We lunched across the street at a nice restaurant that to me is misnamed The Office. So far from the sort of stresses I associate with that title. Beyond it the beer sign marks a handy liquor store, and the pink hotel across the street is our Castaways.

5618 Office View

5618 Office View

We’d taken a reasonably priced taxi ride from there to Lucaya the night before, but today we discovered the Bahama Bus service. Basically a fleet of vans that roams an unmapped route punctuated by blue “Bus Stop” signs. It was great to save enough taxi money to buy a nice lunch and meet locals.

0062 Bahamian Bus

0062 Bahamian Bus

Locals like Greg here, who studied accounting in Paris and now works in the casino across from tonight’s hotel. He intrigued us with a saxophone case, and when he spotted my miniature guitar said we should jam tonight. The ride was far too short!

0063 Gregarious Greg

0063 Gregarious Greg

Tonight we decided to spring for a more upscale hotel, which sadly lacks the free internet we enjoyed at the Castaways. But it does have a great location on the canal just across the street from the beaches where tomorrow we hope to finally go snorkeling. For tonight, we’re enjoying some beauty.

0067 Pelican Bay Babe

0067 Pelican Bay Babe

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