20 June 2007

Who forgot their flu-shots?

June 20, 2007

Happy birthday Angela and Larry!

We have both been bed-on-boat-ridden for the past few days with a bout of the flu. It started on Friday, when Hans woke up with a high fever. Kristen took care of him for a couple of days, and just as Hans started feeling better, Kristen woke up with a fever and took to bed and roles were reveresed. It is always miserable to be sick, but being cooped up on the boat, when we’ve been ashore and know how much fun stuff is out there to do just sucks.

Last Thursday, we went for a ride on our newly purchased moped, or “moto” as they are called here. We bought it so that we can get around the island on our own terms, figuring that we’ll be able to sell it when we leave here in November.
Our first excursion took us on a dirt road through some beautiful coastal countryside. We stopped in the shade of a tree along the way, and a family living nearby invited us in to their very modest home where we both surprised each other with our different ways of life. Paulina, her husband, and their adult son Freddie live on the top of a mountain with a million dollar view, but with dirt floors, open hearth wood burning kitchen, no plumbing or running water (sorry we didn’t have the camera with us). We talked for a while about their lives and they in turn were interested to learn about our lives on the boat and were aghast that after one and a half years of marriage we still don’t have any children!
When we left, they gave us a huge bag of limes and another huge bag of mangoes. We’ll definitely go back some other time.

As you can see, Kit Kat is enjoying the still harbor of Luperon.

A softball game in Luperon. We're looking forward to going to the baseball games which ought to be a lot of fun.