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RTW stage 1

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I have a plan, finally. It sucks to be a lazy bastard when it comes to important life changing events. Anyways, a local airline company LIAT, has a special offer for island hopping. It is called the mini explorer. Basically, for $280. I can hit up to four islands. Now a one way ticket to Venezuela is going for $450 and that requires me flying back to Miami, screw that. For less money I can dillipbop down the lower antilles hitting a few islands before I hit SA. Now more island living isn’t a huge priority for me but who knows if I would ever make it back. This is a perfect example of why you should not take one of those pre-packaged RTW tickets. Something great like this can pop up but you can’ t take advantage of it. Anyway’s, after some deliberation I have come up with the following plan. A week in Dominica (which is a UNESCO site- means its one of very few), a week in Martinique (to study up on my French), a week in Tobago (do some adventuring) and a few days in Trinidad. From there I can take a ferry across to Venezuela and thereby start stage two. Now since it is the night before I am to leave and I have not found a place to stay, the plan is not exactly perfect. Oh well, at worse I stay at some 5-star resort and do the anti-backpack thing. Oh well, I’m just happy as hell I have a starting point. It was going to suck standing at the airport with my thumb stuck out asking for a flight somewhere.
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Packing list

Monday, May 30th, 2005

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Here is the crap that I am taking. I gave it a stuff and it all fit so it looks like I am okay.

Just so that I don’t look like too much of a rookie traveler, it must be stated that this list is in no way representative of what I would take if I did not live on an island out in the middle of no where. If I was going to take a diamond encrusted backpack filled with Rum, no problem. I could get that. Now supplies for a round the world trip not so easy. This is a resort town so not too many camping supply stores. Warm clothes are another not going to happen. So to balance what I am taking, I will attach a website from a guy named Hector who did his RTW this last year. He has an excellent site with a lot of helpful hints. Here is his packing list. While your there, read some of his stuff. Great info and fantastic pictures. I got the idea of panographic shots from his site.
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The last week.

Sunday, May 29th, 2005
Well my last week is here and almost done. I really have not had many things to worry about with the car being sold. I put a little note on a web board for the VI (vimovingcenter.com), advertising ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Walk

Friday, May 27th, 2005
With the car sold it left me on the side of the road with a big fat check and a long walk home. It was really my only big stress left so in that regards I was pretty happy. ... [Continue reading this entry]

What a catch I am

Friday, May 27th, 2005
Sold the car today. Pretty much everything else is gone as well. Sold all the sellable stuff and dropped off the rest to the Salvation Army. Lets check the good ole scorecard. Steve: -Unemployed. -No car. -Hygiene suspect. Now so ... [Continue reading this entry]

St. John, USVI

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
st john header.jpg A buddy of mine from Key West dropped by for a few days so after hitting the usual St. Thomas spots, I decided to take him to St. John to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Baby for sale

Friday, May 20th, 2005
Copy of Flyer jpg-1.jpg Well, time to sell the car. The last kind of any responsibility in my life. Anybody in need of a stress relieving car, here it is. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sea urchins must die

Friday, May 20th, 2005
Copy of a 002-1.jpg Such pretty little pieces of underwater art. Spray a porcupine with day glo flourescent paint and you have these picturesque spikey balls of photo heaven. Now ... [Continue reading this entry]

I got a new toy

Monday, May 9th, 2005
day 1 2.jpg Well, I decided to pick up a underwater housing for my digital camera. I actually gave up diving a while back because I just lost interest, but now that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Fishing May 4, 2005

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
pole.JPG Just for the sake of eliminating the first timers luck theory and to work on my fishing expertise I decided to give my new Fishin Hole another shot. With a little history dealing ... [Continue reading this entry]