The Kindness of Strangers

January 7, 2007

I’m sad to say goodbye to Grenada. We sail off tomorrow to anchor out and do some safety drills (fire drills, man overboard drills, abandon ship drills). Next stop: Carriacou.

I think it’s easy to forget that people are kind by nature—really, truly, nice. I wasn’t expecting the locals to be so friendly, but we were definitely treated very well in Grenada, even catered to. Our cab drivers, Desmond and Andy, took me and some other MHC students, along with some crew members, around the island in their red van. They not only took us to the Concord waterfall, but made stops along the way to show us plants like cocoa fruit (they make chocolate from the seeds), sugar cane (delicious and juicy), and some local rum shops where spiced rum and rum punch were plentiful. Desmond and Andy even spent some time on the beach with us. We were treated like good friends and paid 10 American dollars for an entire day of learning about the island.

We are beginning to get to know the crew members. The more we learn about the ship, the more I respect the vast knowledge each one of them offers. These pro crew members are so deeply connected to the ship, and are so adaptable and versatile. I respect each one of them greatly and have already learned a lot from them. Michael, though a rough sailor on the exterior, is one of the kindest and most soft-spoken people I have ever met. He is so patient with us, and so even-tempered.

Haley

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