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Amazon River 2012 – Day 10 – Tobago

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Amazon River 2012, General, Vacation

This morning, we will embark a pilot to assist with our arrival into Scarborough. With the pilot on board and briefed, we will set a north-westerly course towards our berth and manoeuvre alongside. This evening, we will manoeuvre off the dock, and head out of the harbor. Once clear, we will alter onto a north-easterly, then northerly heading, rounding the eastern coast of Tobago, before settling on a north-westerly heading towards the Leeward Islands of St. Vincent and St. Lucia.

This is being written up on Day 11 because, well, we’ll just say that the sea was a bit rough by the end of Day 10. We awoke arriving into Tobago to cloudy and rainy skies. The entire day proved to be mostly cloudy with spotty showers here and there, and I was glad that I had a large plastic bag with me to put my camera in when it did start to rain. The four of us took a bus tour here. When we boarded the bus, the driver asked us all to close our windows so he could crank the air conditioning. This was a problem for Dad, Heather, and I who wanted to take pictures and video out the windows, which were all soaked with rain. I kept opening mine and the driver kept giving me weird looks through the mirror. Our tour guide was a young man who loved soccer, and when we stopped at our first scenic view, I mentioned wanting to open the bus windows briefly from time to time. He talked to the bus driver who agreed to my request. We drove some more to a few other scenic lookouts and a small fort made out of coral. Mom and Heather bought some vases made out of bamboo for $5 each. They are really nicely made and we watched the dreadlock-haired men carve them. Our bus took us to the Arnos Vale Waterwheel, which is a very old waterwheel that was used back in the sugar cane days when slavery was still present on the island. Some time ago it must have been made into a restaurant, and today, it’s a dilapidated set of wooden planks and walkways.

atop Heather and I were the first to enter, and upon doing so, Heather looked into one of the small rooms and exclaimed that she saw birds. They were actually bats, and this place had thousands of them. The bats flew all around while we were there, and the wood flooring was so rotted out that it was as slippery as ice and even broke once. There were some people on our tour with canes, and I tried my best to keep them from falling. It was a dangerous place, especially for the older folks having balance issues. We stayed here for about 20 minutes and Dad and I tried to figure out how this waterwheel worked. It was rather complex. Our tour concluded at Fort King George at the top of a big hill overlooking the bay. We could see Pacific Princess at the pier and a Rastafarian man sang a song to Heather up here. It was really nice. We got back to the ship and then back out to do some shopping for a half hour. We then watched a movie called The Conspirator, which was pretty good. When the ship finally left Tobago, we got into the roughest seas I’ve ever witnessed on board a ship. At dinner, I was having a rough time and Heather got me some sea sickness bands to put on. They helped a bit, but I had to excuse myself and lay down in the room. Luckily, everything stayed down!! I slept about 9 hours through the night. A rocking ship is the best way to sleep!

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