Empanadas are being sold along the road
Eef had not a very good night: the bed is good, only a little bit too small. Timo is on the balcony, writes the diary, watches birds and creates a list of all different species. Eef sleep another hour and then we go for breakfast. We want to prepare everything quickly to go shopping and we receive a phone call from Davy. The connection is very bad and Timo hears Davy, but not the other way. Then a half hour of stress, maybe a bit overreacted, but it was pleasant, kicks in. we want to call back, but at the reception it is not possible, they don’t want to or they can’t. on the other side of the road we can only have international calls, and surf the internet. So we need to buy at the supermarket Bodegon Johnny a phone card/ at the same time Eef buys sandals, sun block and cigarettes.
Then we try to call davy and after 5 or 6 times it still does not work. We need to follow the steps: 1 descuelga el auricular, 2 escucha el tono de invitacion a marcar, 3 insert y retiro o desliza la tarjeta en el sentido de la flecha, 4 espara unos secundos, 5 escuha y sigue las instructiones. We try it several times, but it does not work – we must be doing something wrong. Eef crosses the road to the supermarket to buy a hat and when she returns Timo is speaking with Yvonne and then with Davy. We will come to their place and then we go to Playa El Yaque. All is OK. Is was not easy to get in touch with them, we don’t understand enough Spanish, wrong mobile numbers, … but in the end it works out fine and we will meet at Brisas, Altagracia, Playa Caribe in the neighborhood of Centro Social del Arabe.
We’ll see how that works out. We return to the hotel after this short session of stress, get our stuff and drink something at the bar. De rule of the train of 11:00 is also valid here, because only then the bar opens. We drink a Polar and take the taxi to Yvonne and Davy. Everything goes well, the taxi drops us offat Felicia and Fanny (Yvonne’s sister) with the little Fabiola, and also the rest is there: Yvonne, Davy, Jean and Roza. We go to their place and eat a sandwich with cheese and vegetables baked in the pan; it tastes very good. Then at 14:00 we drive to Playa La Galera, close to Juan Griego, nice beach. We can swim and sit in the shadow, because we are red as lobsters already. It is very nice, Davy has a cooling box with him with beer and soft drinks and we enjoy every moment.
Beach of Juan griego
The pelicans come and go, the Margariteños are having a fiesta on the beach with marvelous music and lots of booze. It actually is a genuine atmosphere, very busy, loud music, sun, sea, palm trees, beach, everything is great. Eef and Timo keep in the shadow; but the kids and Yvonne and Davy can already stay in the sun, they’re used to it. They swim in the sea and play in the sand. At 16:30 it starts to rain a bit, very shortly a few drops, and so we return to the apartment. Jean, Timo, Eef and Davy walk there, Yvonne drive with the children and grandma. We’re there almost at the same time, so it is not far. In the block they have a swimming pool on floor 1. We swim there and then it’s time to go and check the sunset. It is beautiful and we only arrive just in time. We enjoy the sunset briefly and we drink an aperitif in the same restaurant, where we ate the pizza. We have 3 caipiriña, 3 Polar, 1 Smirnoff Ice and water and fanta. We chat a bit and promise to call or come by on Tuesday. Timo is buying and pays only 32.000 Bs for everything. In Euro that is 4.57, great isn’t it. We walk back to the apartment, there Davy arranges a taxi to the hotel for 35000 Bs. We say goodbye for now and we will see each other back soon. The ride with the taxi is really crazy. The driver is going very fast; we people drove badly in other countries, but this beats all records. And we’re used to driving in Greece, but this. On 2 or 3 occasions we feared, we would not make it to the hotel alive, but we manage to get there safely over the mountains after a beautiful day at the beach. Timo tries to backup all pictures, but the camera breaks down. Deep shit. Try it again, still not OK and then it is too much and we go for dinner to think about something else; we drink three Polar (1 almost bottoms up!) and we have pasta. When we’re back in our room we only drink cola and water, because we’re diving tomorrow. Then Timo tries the camera again and now it works after the second attempt. Nice. We smoke something, write the diary and go to sleep at 21:30, exhausted. We need to be fit for our two dives tomorrow. Yes and hopefully with underwater camera.
All friends and family together