Friday, July 14, 2023

December 5-6, 2022 St Martin

 Monday- About a month ago, there was a meeting at the clubhouse for people taking their boats to the Caribbean.  We attended and listened to a few people talk about their experiences.  Afterwards, I  picked an island and looked up flights and hotels to just check it out and decide it we really want to take our boat to the Caribbean.  The result of the search lead us to a 2 week trip to St Martin.  We drove to Jacksonville, FL to stay at a Holiday Inn near the airport.  We have an early morning flight.  And we could leave our car at their hotel for $5/day.  

Tuesday-I was up in the middle of the night to do my physical therapy and for us to could catch the shuttle to the airport.  Our flight was at 6:30 am.  We actually arrived in St Martin about 30 minutes early.  We had arranged for Travel Rent a Car to bring a car to the airport by 4:30.  Good thing we were early, because the customs line was long.  Outside of the airport, there were lots of people with signs meeting people.  We didn’t see anyone with a sign for Roth.  After about 30 minutes, a man from Enterprise asked us if we needed help.  We told him the company we had made a reservation with.  He knew the guy and gave him a call.  HE FORGOT US!  The Enterprise man gave us his card and said to contact him if we had any trouble.  I was looking for a cheap option and this is what you get.  It was 6:00pm by the time he arrived and made an excuse about heavy traffic.  They brought us a bigger car than we had ordered, and they said we would figure it out tomorrow.  
We were supposed to meet someone at our VRBO at 5:30 to let us in and show us the place.  I had gone back into the airport, and someone showed me how to use their free wifi for 30 minutes.  I connected with the owner of the condo, Jean, to let him know we would be late.  He gave me the name and number of the lady that was meeting us, Laura.  So after we left the airport and met Nathan from the company in the parking lot, I had to activate our international plan through Verizon, $10 for 24 hours of use.  There were 2 ways to get to our VRBO.  The shorter way had heavy traffic, so Nathan recommended going the long way around a big lagoon in the island.  I was talking to Laura at the VRBO, so I didn’t really listen to the directions.  He made it sound like there was only one way to go and it would be easy.  Well it was now 6:00pm and dark.  We took a wrong turn and it took us an hour to get there.
Laura was patiently waiting for us outside of a condominium.  She was a friend of the owner of the rental condo, lived upstairs, and was very sweet.  We were so apologetic about making her wait.  She was ok once she knew what was going on.  She was worried that we were going to be mad and in an awful mood.  She explained to us how to find a nearby grocery store that would be open “wheat to wheat”.  Huit is eight in French.  So we called the store wheat to wheat the whole time were were there.  We picked up a few things and ate at the condo.  It was right on a beach and we loved it.  Laura said the owner actually lives there and seldom rents out his place.  We were very happy that it worked out for us.  All is well that ends well.

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