After the Storm

The news is sad here. A local man, Hugo, died last night in the wind reversal. He worked at Karel’s, the restaurant that juts out on the pier in the centre of Kralendijk. He was helping to clear and secure the restaurant during the wind reversal. At some point during the storm, he fell into the sea.

There have been many wind reversals this season in Bonaire – unusually so, which have taken out coral and damaged boats. This is the first, truly tragic news I’ve heard regarding these fierce, sudden storms.

Another boat’s mooring lines snapped in the storm. Suffering some damage, it made its way straight to Curaçao in the middle of the night. Perhaps they were already planning to go, as the boatyard there is large. Lots of yachties from Bonaire are heading to Curaçao for boat works after their visas run out here.

It hit another boat on the way out. A small catamaran. I really like the look of this catamaran. I notice it every time we pass. The only thing I don’t understand is that it seems to be on different buoys at different times. Perhaps this is my imagination – though there does seem to have been a shift around of boats. They swap buoys, leave fenders on, go into the marina or just plain leave. There is finally some movement.

This is partly because Bonaire has recently relaxed its borders with nearby Curaçao, so those with a negative RT-PCR test can enter Bonaire without the two weeks of quarantine in the marina that we had to do. With this, there have been some new arrivals. The lucky ones are coming in and tying straight to a buoy.

There is even – gasp, horror, another kid boat in Bonaire which arrived yesterday. Not little kids either – but three kids around the girls’ age. Jack and I passed them yesterday as we went to get water from the marina – so we went to say hi.

Ah, the refreshing air of a kid boat. Kid boats are always slightly hungry-looking. And by that I don’t mean actually hungry – though that is also true. They also usually have washing hanging.

For us, it felt a bit like seeing an oasis. Indeed, after Jack and I went back to Quest, two of the kids paddleboarded over to us to say hello. The girls made plans to hang out with them; ice cream tonight at Luciano’s. We’ve jumped ship from Gio’s, the other ice cream place in town, because you don’t have to pay by cash in Luciano’s. The bank charges seven dollars to take cash out here.

The small things and the big things.

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