Month: August 2016

Monday Night Mas

  http://seabiscuitblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sailing-Blog-SeaBiscuit-Sea-Biscuit-Grenada-SpiceFish-Market-Sea-Biscuit-Blog-Grenada-Carnival2016-5-of-5.mp4 We’ve been really busy on our whirlwind tour with friends and family back in the US. So busy, that I never got a chance to post the rest of these goodies from Carnival. It turns out that J’ouvert was just a warm-up for the rest of the Carnival festivities. People danced till they dropped, went home, washed up, sobered up, changed outfits, and went back out into the streets  for Monday Night Mas (short for masquerade) – a dance party/parade of thousands that winds through the streets of Grenada. We were warned that we’d feel left out if we didn’t join a “band” for Carnival, so...

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Getting Dirty at Carnival, Grenada Style

  You may be wondering why this group of sailors is covered in motor oil and paint, drinking beer at 7AM. Ordinarily, you wouldn’t catch us up before sunrise, drinking and getting covered in goop. But for J’ouvert (a celebration of the 1838 emancipation of slaves and inclusion of former slaves in Carnival festivities),the first big party of Carnival, we made an exception. With our alarm clock set for 3AM and our worst outfits laid ready, we slept lightly, buzzed with anticipation. The alarm proved unnecessary – the bump of the soca music blasting from the street was all we...

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Fresh Fish

You have to get up pretty early to get some of the freshest catch in Grenada. Which is why Brian prodded me out of bed and onto the #1 bus at 7:30AM last Saturday, bound for the Fish Market in St. George’s, even though it was pouring rain. We’ve grown used to the sudden, ten minute bursts of rain that happen frequently this time of year, but on this particular Saturday it went on for hours, and shoppers out and about in St. George’s gathered behind the gates of the fish market to take shelter. This turned out to be...

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Ready…Set…Mango!

Have I mentioned how much we love mangoes? We’ve arrived here at the height of mango season, and we just can’t get enough tree-ripened, freshly picked, juicy mangoes. We’ve made a hobby of sampling all of the different kinds, rating them by flavor, texture, and aroma to decide which we like best (Brian likes the electric orange Ceylons, I prefer the floral, slightly stringy Julies) So, when we heard that the Grenadian agricultural organization gets up an annual fete celebrating all things mango, we were excited to join in on the fun! At the festival, there were vendors selling all kinds of...

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Standing Still

We decided to kick off hurricane season with a little break from being at anchor. A slip at the beautiful Port Louis Marina in St. George’s is just what the doctor ordered. So, far, we’re loving the manicured grounds, convenient services (wash and fold laundry!), and most of all, THE POOL. I’m especially enjoying my newfound freedom to step off the boat whenever I wish, without having to deal with the dinghy. We’ve got a new routine – getting back in shape with early morning jogs, working on boat projects, reuniting with old friends and making new ones, and exploring Grenada...

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