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Compared to our two mast sailing boats, they seemed like luxury liners; and, thus, were a welcomed difference in travel between Jamaica in the north and Guyana in the south.
Travelling to and from Barbados while I was a university student enabled me to island hop; and, this helped me to get to know, compare and enjoy some of the various differences in our common culture; but, these boats came nothing close to two or three decker ferryboat that took me to Vancouver Island during the unforgettable 1970 Christmas season.
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Unforgettable for many reasons, one being that it was the first time that I had so greatly indulged in drinking beer. I actually drank thirteen glasses of draft beer at the Ritz hotel.
My record had been two bottles of Banks beer in Barbados one day, when I washed down a delicious turkey sandwich in a restaurant overlooking the Bridgetown Careenage.
That’s what travel does to you – it puts and places you in new situations which can cause you to do things you never did before; or, thought you would ever do; thus, it brings new surprises.
When I was visiting my folks in Anguilla in August 1970, I never would have ever believed that within a few months, I would be in Vancouver Island on Christmas Eve knocking on doors trying to sell Collier encyclopedias.