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Commonwealth of The Bahamas is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago. The Bahamas is the site of Columbus's first landfall in the New World in 1492. It covers 13,878 km2 and is made up by 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks.
It have close to 400.000 inhabitants of which the major part is African ethnic and Christians. It have been an British colony, but gained its independence in 1973.
The climate of the Bahamas is pleasant tropical savannah climate. Besides from the aquatic wildlife, here are some interesting parrots, flamingos and iguanas. The mammals count Bahamian Hutia; Geocapromys ingrahami and thirteen species of bats. The archipelago is home to 57 native species of terrestrial reptiles and amphibians.
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First solution is a new return ticket, one day earlier.
That will be close to US$ 1.000 and a bloody long flight due to stopovers. Next idea is a night in London's
Gatewick Airport, and a new
direct flight in the morning; around half that price. 27 hours is a long
time to spend in an airport, but the weather and my cloths and flip-flops
are not really a good combination for a walk around London.
26. A new day, but still the same airport until 12;50. I have to check-out from the hotel at nine, and finally; I get to enter the Departure area. It is fare from as exciting as I had hoped. I find some lunch and walk restless around till it is time to board the flight to Barbados. Well, I keep walking, as the flight is several hours delayed. At least, it is a direct flight. Not much about Bahamas so far on this diary, sorry.
27. I finally made it to Bahamas!
It is Sunday, and the girl in immigration tells me there easily can be two
hours in-between busses at the main road. A taxi is $35-40, and I get the
taxi administrator to look for someone, willing to share a taxi to down-town
It is not working, and after ten minutes, he is off, and offer me a lift for
$20. He warm me; this is not nice neighbourhood. The coastal road, on
the other hand look real nice.
28. I had planed to have four full days to explore New Providence and especially Nassau, but now I only have two. I am up way too early; it is pitch dark and there are no busses. I have to wait till seven, before I head down-town. A short walk in the drizzle bring me to another bus, and then I'm at the Potter's Cay bridge. I choose the wrong bridge, and the drizzle turn in to cats & dogs way out on the bridge. I get completely soaked, but get the iPhone I use for GPS and my camera safe in a little plastic bag.
I find the right way, still through heavy rain, but I am
told the market will only open in two hours. The only real interesting thing
I see here, is the conch fishermen's' catch: I had not thought it was in
these large numbers! Well, I'm not waiting here in the harsh wind and rain,
and I start walking back. On the way, I find kind of a breakfast; a real
sweet cake in a sealed plastic bag at a gas-station.
I pass through the centre of town, and find the huge
Straw Market. These days, it is all about souvenirs, and despite most shops
here are a lot! I chat with quite some of the ladies here, but
eventually, I have to get out in the light rain again.
The rain have stopped, and I pass through Nassau again. Here have started to be tourists around the shops, and at noon, the sun starts to shine. Once again, I head out to Potter's Cay market, this time walking all the way. Here are still not much action, and it turns out the market is only open on Saturdays - where I planed to get here. Now, there are only a two meter table with a few vegetables on. I walk back towards the tourist area, but drop in to a fish restaurant who have a Chef's Salad and a table next to the canal.
I spend the afternoon walking aimless around Nassau, and find quite some old colonial houses. The beach is right outside the centre, and I do a long stroll along it. A lot of seagulls sit on the sand, and they more or less ignores me. Back in town, I pass the Straw Market and do way too many loops in the centre of town. I get a huge mug of Chai Latte, and at five, I find a bus, heading up the hills to my hotel. Newer mind who I have meet, everyone seems eager to chat and they all are so friendly.
Not many photos due to the weather, and not that good either. I try to find some nature for tomorrow, and figures the airport bus will be the best offer. Back home, I start working and make a pizza break. In an effort to catch up on sleep, I call it a day at ten. Photos of the day (and yesterday): Nassau on New Providence.
I find a bus down-town and then out near the airport. This is the end of the
island with the big, posh houses and golf courses. I find the northern
beach, which is perfect. I have several kilometres all to myself, and I do a
long walk. Here are not many shells and alike, not even where some old coral
reefs break the white sand.
the way back, pass a real posh neighbourhood with a cafe. Good timing,
as a thundershower passes while I sip my large Chai Latte. I head out to the
airport, and find the road along Lake Killarney - a nice name for a swampy mangrove.
I pass the airport, a taxi turns around and offers me a free ride to Nassau.
Here are hardly any busses accordantly to the police officer I asked, and I
enjoy his hospitality. He give me the scenic north coast ride, and I give
him $10, when we reach down-town Nassau.
In the late afternoon, I find a bus home and start working. I take Don up on his offer on pasta with sauce and pepper fruits, sprinkled with cheese. Again, I call it a day early, as I slept badly last night (I was actually freezing!), and I have a flight in the morning. I expect I have seen what interests me here. North-Western New Providence and Lake Killarney.
30. I'm up early, and the ride to the airport is way more smooth than expected. I only have to walk 200 metres to get to the airport, and I wonder why they say there are no busses here - except of cause if you are a taxi-driver. I have thee hours to spend, and sip tea, watch the flights taking off and prepare Diary 2 for The next island; Grand Bahama.