We take so much for granted living in the US with all our amenities – things like endless water, HOT water, easy trash disposal, groceries, electronics and technology… We make due with what we have here in the winter in the Bahamas, the price of living in paradise.
We REALLY conserve water on Cutting Class. That being said, Dan still hauls water from the marina each week @.35/gallon. Sounds pricey, but if you’re not paying for New England heating oil in the winter, we truly save money while cruising. I do not have hot water unless we have been motoring – we have solar panels that handle all of our other electrical needs on board.
We have trash disposal here three times a week. You put your bags in your dinghy and drive it to one of the harbor docks where a cheerful Bahamian takes them and throws it into his truck. The Bahamas are behind in terms of recycling 😢. Most of the trash is still burnt on a neighboring island and they only recently started recycling aluminum cans.
We have two small grocery stores here in Hope Town. Many cruisers and dirt dwellers had their extended families visiting during the holidays and completely wiped out the shelves. Combine that with 30-40 kt winds for a couple days and the barge didn’t bring in supplies. We certainly have food on the boat from Florida but we were all scrounging for fresh fruit and vegetables.
Lastly, Hope Town still has issues with their electricity. They have power outages often. The locals treat this as a way of life and just start up a generator until it comes back on. I was giving Dan a haircut ashore the other day (trust me, we’ve done it on board and you can never really get rid of the hair!) when the power cut out. I was about half done.
We gave up after awhile, he wore a hat and we went back the following day to finish up… The next day I was doing laundry, put it in the dryer and the power went out AGAIN! No worries mon, a few minutes later they cranked up the generator and I was good to go. And, of course, there’s the internet. It’s bad and your choice is which bad carrier you want to go with from year to year. But you know, it’s WAY better than it was 8 years ago when we started coming here.
We love you Bahamas for all you are and are not in terms of conveniences! It’s what makes us keep coming back for this simpler life! (Hope it doesn’t take two days for this blog to send – darn internet!!)