Category Archives: Caribbean


Rose, Hurricane Roger and the 11,000 virgins

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVIs) are like siblings, related by blood, separated by disposition. One is a popular socialite who wears glitzy jewelry and talks loud. One is laid-back and loves the outdoors. And one is an introvert with an … Continue reading

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The Saga of Sagitta (Part 2)

I’m at sea on a 120-foot three-masted sailboat, Sagitta, touring some of the Leeward Caribbean islands and feeling somewhat disconnected from the real world. To read “The Saga of Sagitta (Part 1),” please see the previous post. Day Six: Sagitta … Continue reading

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The Saga of Sagitta (Part 1)

I was stuck in a fake tropical village built at the cruise-ship docks near Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Four huge ships were parallel-parked, each spewing thousands of passengers into the gated duty-free jewelry stores and rum bars. I had two hours … Continue reading

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Opposites attract on Martin and Maarten

Where over the world say, where you find an island there, So lovely small with nations free, With people French and Dutch, Though talking English much, As thee Saint Martin in the sea? –Gerard Kemps I arrived late to the island … Continue reading

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