Crowds, Colours and Caribbean

It can only mean one thing. It’s Carnival time!

So yesterday we went to the capital of St. Maarten, Philipsburg, to watch the annual carnival. At first we were hesitant on going because it was a steaming hot day and we were all so tired but, we figured that people come from all sorts of places to watch it, and, we happened to be here, so, we went for it! We (us and another Australian family of four we’ve met) asked for a taxi big enough for all of us and were greeted by this huge bus, big enough for about six families! Markus followed us in our hire car so we could do shuttle trips to get home but we were all so exhausted we crammed all nine of us into it which ended up being surprisingly comfortable. We are so fortunate we went as it was quite an experience and something that should not be missed if you’re in the area.

I’ll let the photos do the talking.

We asked for a big taxi so we could fit us and another family and got this bus

We asked for a big taxi so we could fit all 9 of us and got this bus

People of all ages were getting into the spirit of things

People of all ages were getting into the spirit of things

Anxiously waiting for the parade to come past

Anxiously waiting for the parade to come past

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Photo were welcome

Photos were welcome

Transport for the bands

Transport for the bands

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Da Party Bus

Da Party Bus

We managed to fit 9 of us into our tiny Toyota Yaris on the way home

We managed to fit 9 of us into our tiny Toyota Yaris on the way home

In other news, drama seems to just follow our family around which can be exciting but also very scary and today was the latter. Markus, Xavier and I went shopping as we do most days and Markus went into Electec (a big electrical store) while Xav and I went to a bar for a juice and some WiFi. We then saw two men running up the side of Electec in balaclavas with guns. To say my heart stopped is a massive understatement. The men ran off and a few minutes later we caught up with Markus and it turns out, the two men had arrived on their dinghy, run up to the main office and grabbed employees’ handbags and valuables then fled. Fortunately, one of their balaclavas came off as they were fleeing and it turned out to be an ex-employee! Anyway, it comes as proof that thieves are stupid people, considering today is the day after a public holiday, so, all the money is banked. You’d think an ex employee, of all people, would know!

Anyway, tomorrow we’ll be leaving the marina finally but of course, our plans have changed and we’re no longer heading to the BVI’s because there isn’t enough time. Instead we’re going back to St. Barths for a few nights before coming back to install our solar panels, water maker and other goodies!

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