Getting Organized on 6 December
12/05/2015 - 12/06/2015
We liked our first visit to Grenada in 2013, so we decided to go back to Grenada for another longer visit - even though they drive on the left, they speak English and seemed to be pro-American.
My goals for this visit (not in any particular order) were
- Buy some spices - to use and for gifts
- Visit the farmer's market in St George's
- Photograph the Grenada lighthouses
- Snorkel at the Underwater Sculpture Park
- Document cemeteries
- Visit Carriacou
Saturday December 5th - Arriving
I made a reservation at Grooms Beach Resort where we would have a kitchen and they assured me that I would not have any steps. I also made a reservation for a car with Avis which was so expensive that I canceled it.
We got here in the dark and went through customs immigration and got a taxi to the resort. The wheelchair lady said it would be $50 but that was EC$ and he charged us $20 US.
Orange step at the room entrance on the right side
It turns out that in order not to do steps, I have to go around by the road and while there were no stepS (plural) there was one small step at the entrance. When we unpacked the Luggie scooter, it did not work. The front desk arranged a rental car for a more reasonable rate. We are semi-unpacked and Bob has figured out how to work the TV and AC and I was able to get on the internet.
There were two double beds. When we are at home, I sleep on the left side of the bed (as you are standing at the foot of the bed facing the headboars) and Bob sleeps on the right. These beds were set up so that the left side of one was against the wall. If I slept there I couldn't get out to go to the bathroom without crawling over Bob, and there was no nightstand on that side of the bed. So he slept on his side of the bed (right side) on that bed and I slept on my side (left side) of the other bed and the nightstand between the beds gave me a place to put my glasses at night
Sunday December 6th - getting organized
Today has been stressful, but successful. When the Luggie would not work even though the battery was charged, Bob was swearing and I was upset.
We got up about 8, and finished unpacking, but I didn't want to walk all the way to the restaurant to get breakfast. Bob got a flashlight and said that the problem was a manufacturing defect - the wire was pinched and eventually broke. He went and borrowed a screwdriver from the hotel, but there were two tiny phillips head screws that he couldn't get to.
We were to get a car delivered about noon, so we were getting ready to walk down when we got a call that they would be there about 1. We went down anyway. I looked at the various maps and tried to figure out a schedule, but it was hot and I was hungry. The girl at the desk found a hardware store that was open even on Sunday.
The guy came about 1 with a two door SUV, right hand drive. Bob drove him back to his car and then we went to the Grand Anse Spice Mall to the hardware store. I stayed in the car while Bob shopped. Which I hate doing.
(Security guy in the parking lot)
He came back thinking that he could now fix the problem and asked if we should go to the grocery but I was hungry and I wanted to go to where I could see a Food Court.
But we went to KFC instead.
Bob in line at KFC
And they didn't have extra crispy - only extra spicy which I don't care for. And the dinner didn't have any sides except fries. I did get water (in a bottle) instead of a coke which is good because Bob forgot to bring his water bottle and now we have two.
He then wanted to go to the grocery, but my back was hurting so I said he could go shop if he left me in the car with the Ac on. Because if he did that, I know he wouldn't dilly dally. He came back with grapefruit, bananas, some cookies and cranberry juice. I got us back to the hotel, (although we had some wrong turns at the roundabouts - people on the right have the right of way), and I can't figure out how to make the cell phone speak the directions. We parked on the side of the hotel near our room. Bob was afraid there wouldn't be enough parking, but it was OK. Also this is still the 'summer' season, so not that many people.
Then Bob settle down to work on the Luggie and finally said he thought he had fixed it but would let it set. So he watched TV and I edited photos. Finally he put it back together again and it worked. Hurray.
I feel much better now.
We decided to go up to the restaurant here for dinner. We were the only ones there. It seemed that everything we asked for, they didn't have. It wasn't lobster season yet for instance. But eventually I had shrimp Alfredo and Bob had grilled Caribbean shrimp and we both had a virgin pina colada. Bob pronounced his shrimp to just the right amount of spicy for him (which is hardly spicy at all).
A very pretty little black and white cat came by to be petted - a fairly young cat I think. We asked whose it was, and the girl said that on Grenada, nobody owned any cats. They were all cats at large. I tend not to believe that.
For dessert, I had ice cream and Bob had cherry cheesecake. They didn't have blueberry and I don't care for cherries that much.
Bob went up the steps to the room and I had to go up the driveway and down the road. But the driveway now had a gate. I yelled for Bob (who didn't hear me of course) and a man came running and opened the gate, and also put lights on the road so it wasn't pitch black.
So far I have not accomplished any of my goals. Tomorrow we will start on them.