16. februar 2012  
  The Caribbean Sea

Sailing among the Caribbean Islands (Leeward and Windward Islands) has offered a lot of great experiences and good sailing. But there is an undercurrent of sad story here, and it lies just below and to some extent on the surface. The current population is only a few generations from those who were deported here from Africa - catastrophic for Africans and possibly even more disastrous for the people who lived on the Caribbean islands. There is only one strain with genuine Carib Indians again. They live in a small reserve on Dominica. This close, brutal prehistory adds a passive rug over the majority of the population on the islands, and ispes continuous intake of drugs. This is a very sad side of the Caribbean, as we get extra close when we come by boat. Fortunately, there are lots of nice exception.

How many slave families were living - a small "doghouse" with an open door and no windows.

First, when we came to Bonaire (part of the former Netherlands Antilles) that this picture was different. There is quite a different energy in the community, and a complete bortvisket barrier between nations - this despite the fact that Bonaire has also its close slave history.

Bonaire has little to offer, from the nature of water, but compensates to the point under water. The whole island is turned into marine reserve. Corals, fish and animals live almost without human threats. For us it's the diving paradise and be able to take on the equipment, go 10 meters down to the beach, go out into the water anywhere along the coast, and see plenty of turtles, stingrays, baracudastimer, healthy corals and most of the ocean has to offer on.