We set off for the Isla de Margarita to do
our provisioning but with strong head winds we changed our minds,
anchored overnight at the Araya peninsular and
went to Puerto La Cruz instead.
We had one overnight stop on the way in a small bay and my first swim.
The water was 32 degrees and beautifully relaxing until the jellyfish
came along. A week later I still have the marks!
is a strange place to shop at the moment. Milk in any form, eggs and
sugar are unavailable. There is a government fixed price on these
commodities with the laudable intention of keeping basic foods available
to the poor. However, since this price is below the cost of production,
producers are either exporting or going out of business so this doesn't
seem to be working as intended.
We are still doing a lot of repairs and replacements as we go
and testing things like the mer-veille ( French play on words) our new
radar detector. We decided that radar was too expensive in power to run
constantly and detecting when something out there was using radar in our
area would be adequate. So far so good. Our new solar panels seem to be
supplying me enough power to run this, the computer and the fridges.