December 14, 2009
At anchor outside Hope Town harbour, Elbow Cay
We bob here quietly (no wind to speak of, although enough to keep no-see-ums away), letting the dinner dishes dry in the air. MoonDoggy, the catamaran chartered by Anik (Jeremy’s mom), Marc and Colleen, is anchored next to us. Tomorrow after the rest of the checkout procedure for the boat (after 3.5 hours today!!!) we will head off to somewhere else in the Abacos, likely a spot we have already traversed in Calypso.
The Abacos is pretty neat so far, although the area we are in now is far more “civilized” than that where we started. It is great to have access to fresh veggies and meats, but the downside is that we are tempted by such things more than we are when we can’t see them. I was fine cooking with all my “long term” stuff when I didn’t see fresh chicken or lettuce in the stores!
Laundry price update, and rum . . . Laundry (in a machine) at Man’O’War Cay is $5 a load (that’s just to wash – and when you figure in the cost of our water making and the hatred factor when it comes to my doing laundry in a bucket – bring it on). No rum or beer available at MOW (dry island). Rum at Green Turtle Cay (a liter of Mount Gay) – $16.50. Liter of Barbancourt at GTC – $14.50. Rum at Hope Town (Mt Gay, liter) – $18.75. Cuban rum available at Hope Town as well ($25). Case of Kalik (Bahamian beer) in Hope Town – $43.
Okay, an aside here. Yes, $43 a case is expensive. BUT (you knew it was coming, didn’t you?) that’s for a 24 bottle case. At home we don’t drink cheap beer in cans – we buy Heineken or Corona or (as a splurge) Presidente or Starr Hill. Those come in 12 bottle “cases” that cost around $18 a pop. So 24 of those would be $36. Yeah, an extra $7 is an extra $7 – but it isn’t as if we are used to spending $10 for 24 beers.
We still stocked up before we left. Apparently we are good at rationalizing.