|Shopping. Always a problem.
You never know if you're going to encounter a big supermarket or not. So
if we only take no bags with us, we should have taken our trolley,and if
we bring big shopping bags along, we end up in a tiny Spar or an expensive
And what about our vehicle of transportation: Miepje 2, our inflatable
dinghy. Is there a dinghy slipway, what about the tide, how many meters
will the sea drop or rise, if we use the lock will the dinghy end up
vertically on a breakwater wall? Or do we end up in a mud bath... hello
there we are with all our shoppings but the sea is hundreds of meters away
and you sink to your knees in the mud (èh! small crabs between your toes!).
So when friends
pay us a visit by car, as Marten and Mels did in La Rochelle... we have
the opportunity to buy all the heavy stuff at once in a hypermarket, and
They also took our new foresail #4 along, see photo 3.
On top of this all, Mels and Marten are helping us with the website, i.e.
frequently update our homepage with our most recent position. This is
great because we do not have the opportunity to be on the internet every
are WHERE available???
Gas: in Europe it is almost everywhere Camping Gaz only. But on the
Canary and the Cape-Verdian islands they fill the large >5 kg bottles.
Things for the boat: plenty in France, in Spain and Portugal it is
more difficult and in Morocco you can forget it. On the Canaries you find
almost everything you need in Las Palmas (or they order it for you). From
there you have to sit it outuntil you have reached Trinidad, where
everything is available.
Medicines: cheap in Spain and Portugal, and many medicines that are
normally on prescription, are OTC available. This applies also to Morocco,
where the prices are 25% of what we are used to. On the Lesser Antilles
40% DEET (anti mosquitoes) is not available, but there is plenty in
Suriname, and cheap!
Food: in Morocco pig's meat is not available. Candybars, coke,
beer, wine ao alcoholic beverages are expensive and alcohol is not ready
available. Furthermore bring stocks of: raped cheese and luxurious
stuff like pesto.
In the Caribbean European products are quite expensive. Bring stocks
of: olive oil, wash powder ao soap, shampoo, jam, peanut butter,
pesto, etc., soy sauce and: canned fish. In Suriname we finished our
stock of canned red pepper and now we have to wait until Isla Margarita
to be able to buy it again. This is a pity as it is one of the Top 10
items on board.
Chinese products and peanut butter are available in Portugal but
not in Spain, but we found peanut butter in Las Palmas. Grenadine syrups
etc. are not available when you have France left behind you, but in
French-Guyana you'll find plenty of French delicacies.
Suriname offers almost every wannahave: Eastern products but also
typical Dutch stuff such as syrup for pancakes, apple syrup, chocolate
sprinkles, liquorice and yeast.