An overload of socializing
Loc: Chaguarama/ Trinidad
Acc: Michel and Nevine’s house
I forgot to have breakfast on writing my long missing updates all morning. But no problem, I can write and work as long as I can paddle and eat at one time. We were invited to a Sunday afternoon barbecue at Jenny’s and Ricky’s house where two other international young kayak travellers were staying. Graham and Russell Henry from Victoria/ Vancouver Island in Canada are on a trip from Belém in Brazil up to Florida via the chain of island in the Caribbean. They have just also arrived and have been passing along the coastline I will now have to paddle, but the other, harder way against current and wind…. Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and the beginning of Brazil, so I was keen to hear from them how it is like there.
Graham was the more talkative one, and he gave me a lot of valuable information. Thanks, Graham! Russell was rather busy entertaining the young ladies of the house, he also came just back from a run when we arrived, so did he really put all of his energy into kayaking? I don’t even think of doing sports in my paddling breaks, must be the age – the young guys are just 20 and 21. I also learned I have already been sleeping in Graham’s bed – when I was hosted by his father Brian Henry at his Ocean River Sports shop on my talk in Vancouver Island in February 2010! I didn’t know they were the same family, and the boys hadn’t been there at that time. The kayaking world is so small!
I really enjoyed the barbecue food Jenny and Ricky prepared and loved their well decorated house. Later the afternoon, Gerard, Glenn, Ricky and Simon formed a local music band with Glenn and Gerard on the Quattro (small four string guitars) and Simon at the box base, a simple local instrument made out of a wooden box with a large hole (I first thought it was a pet home…) and a broomstick with a string you stretch like a bow, more or less, depending of the sound hight you like to play. Amazing skills and music!
Unfortunately my focus was rather on looking with Graham over the maps of the following coastline, and I couldn’t enjoy the music as much as I’d have liked to, with maybe a glass of wine or two…but I will be staying a bit longer!
All in all I felt my sore throat after an afternoon with a lot of talking, as I am simply not used anymore to talk so much paddling by myself! But it was really a pleasure to socialize again, thanks to all people having been there to make it a pleasant afternoon!