Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sorry for being AWOL these past few days, I was vacationing in the lovely rural Long Island, Bahamas.

An uninterrupted 80-mile stretch of contrasting coastlines gives Long Island its name and a distinct landscape. While soft beaches greet the water on the west coast, rocky cliffs rise from the shore on the east. That said, words are inadequate.

Transportation to the desolated island,of which only received island-wide power earlier this decade was provided by the brazenly inept and unprofessional Bahamasair, replete with 17 and 27 year-old aircrafts. However, in all fairness, the parallels between Bahamasair and federal/state owned enterprises stateside were chilling.

I stayed not too far from Salt Pond, the nexus of the Fox family (nearly every family on the island has a village/community of their own). The town I stayed in, called Pinders is not atypical of the island...a sort of bastion of hard working, agrarian, blue collar folks...folks who reside in a place that has largely escaped the typical stereotype of the Bahamas being a tourist disneyland, overrun by spoiled, overweight American tourists who pour out of cruise ships donning fashions from 5 years ago.

This place was much more humble, with traditions firmly rooted in the past, living in what Westerners would deem "primitive", for the Long Islanders live not much different from their forefathers. Electricity, internet, fast food and constant running water and other contemporary Western amenities are few and few here (however,many Long Islanders live rather comfortably amidst this-don't let the humble, homely look fool you, many Long Islanders have deep pockets.)

--->The residence I stayed in for the length of my stay.
Fishing and boating are almost a national pastime in Long Island (coupled with drinking), several of the days we went fishing/diving/etc. Here is my cousin Peter's recent purchase, affectionately named "Idle Time". The boat, of 2007 vintage is tricked out with all of the latest gizmos, including dedicated gps, depth finder and sonar, amongst others.
The extremely poisonous lionfish below was one of the more bizarre catches.
Way New
While there we had heaps and heaps of spiny lobsters, called crawfish by locals.
9 fishes, yoA blighted (white) rastaman. Long Island is unique for being one of 3 Bahamian islands to host a majority white population.
Select family members riding aboard the back of a truck-something done religiously done in family islands.

Below is the highly praised and acclaimed beach at Cape Santa Maria, at the northernmost tip of Long Island. This beach is constantly in top 20 rankings for best beach in the world.

I also visited (..and jumped)
Dean's Blue Hole, the world's deepest blue hole (a submarine cave or sinkhole; :wiki)

hbd dwells

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

bienvenidos a los bahamas

Sunday, August 17, 2008

In The Bahamas for the rest of the summer...........

The Bahamas most people identify with, the glitzy, glamorous life lived by only the expat elite.
Scenic unspoiled, virgin Rose Island.
The hilarious, animated, rambo-esque Uncle Wayne
A cluttered marina, filled to the brim with expats and foreigners capitalizing and cozying in the strikingly beautiful islands of The Bahamas.
A lone tattered Bahamian flag waves,no doubt a reflection of the poor state of the Caribbean island nation. Despite rampant ignorance and lack of vision, Bahamians are fluid with national pride.