Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 230- Culebra, Puerto Rico

I have been reminded by several  folks that it has been a while since the last post.  Poor internet access and a busy social schedule put blog entries on the back burner.  We arrived in Culebra, Puerto Rico one week ago, to meet up with a friends, fulfilling the only real commitment on our calendar this year.  We've had the pleasure of exploring the island of Culebra with the Candell's, good friends from home.  Not only were they kind enough to bring us mail, critical boat parts and a replacement camera but also willing to write a guest blog.  Doesn't get much better than that!


23 February 2012

Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico

Guest Blog Entry

Larry Candell

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Larry Candell, a close work colleague of Pablo Hopman, and family friends with the entire Hopman Family. When the Hopmans  announced their plans to take a sailing adventure, my family (my wife Amy, and our 14 year old daughter Allison and 11 year old son Jeff) decided that a rendezvous somewhere in the Caribbean would be a great adventure of our own. We took pains to select our destination, and to plan our intense journey. On the 18th of February, 2012, we began our passage to Puerto Rico. The passáge (as we learned to pronounce it from Mia) was challenging at many levels: a cab ride to the airport, a 6 hour air flight to San Juan (with a connection mind you! Through Baltimore!) and after only two days to recover, a short flight to the island of Culebra off the coast of PR.  We then walked ¾ of a mile from the airport to our hotel, Villa Boheme, on Ensenada Honda Bay, and within an hour, our connection with the Hopmans was complete as they pulled up to our dock in their much heralded dinghy. At that moment, we knew that our grueling trip was worth it!

The Hopmans are remarkably at ease in their Caribbean paradise. Whether it was the evening drinks on board Borealis, a day sail to a perfect deserted beach on the tiny island of Culebrita, or body surfing at Flamenco Beach (rated the second nicest in all the Caribbean!), the Hopmans really know how to enjoy themselves, have an unusual ability to work together as a family (though don’t let her cute looks deceive you, Remi is a bit of a slave driver J), and were the ideal travel companions.  It was especially fun to watch our kids get along so well. Apparently, they have lot’s of practice: Everywhere we went, they would bump into other sailing families they have met throughout the islands. Far from the image of isolation, they seem to have as much, if not more community than most of us back home.

Culebra was a wonderful place to spend some time, and I would not be surprised if we return someday, but catching up with the Hopmans, and getting a small taste of their life at sea was easily the highlight of our trip. Now for the long struggle to get home. It will literally take hours!
Captain Allison

At the famous Flamenco Beach
Playing off the boat in Culebrita

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to get there!! Ran in to SV Arwen in Dominica AND in Guadeloupe! We will be in the Virgins about March 20th. Maybe we'll see you again?
    Lisa- SV Dilly Dally