2018 by 2018

2018 by 2018

It is just over one year since Castaway left Scotland for sunnier climes. In the meantime and much to my surprise, 2018 different ships have sailed by to see what is happening on the blog.

For those data hounds out there, here’s what has been happening: Continue reading “2018 by 2018”

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Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun

Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun

Folks in Trinidad seem to fall into two categories when it comes to Carnival. Those that play and those that leave the island. This year, at least, Castaway fell into the latter category, and with hindsight given the crime statistics for the week, it seems to have been a wise course of action. Initially, like good European tradition dictates, we intended to use the February school holidays for winter sports. For a number of reasons, slovenly planning among them, that did not work out and so an opportunity was presented to discover another Caribbean island – this time, St Lucia. Continue reading “Mad Dogs and Dutchmen Go Out in the Midday Sun”

Please, Mr Postman!

Please, Mr Postman!

Some readers may know of the Handsome Dutchman’s passion, some might say obsession, for cycling. This obsession was not made clear to Castaway in the early days. Although some glimpses of it existed, my Official Dutch Friend who acts as adviser on all matters Netherlands-related for many years now assured Castaway it was normal and not indicative of anything unusual. Continue reading “Please, Mr Postman!”

Every Day, Holiday…

Every Day, Holiday…

We are back in Trinidad and ready for all that 2018 brings. In particular, 2018 is a bumper year for public holidays with many holidays falling on Fridays or Mondays giving rise to a lot of long weekends. Certainly, no complaints in the Castaway household with it only being around a month until our first planned trip of the year. First, though, school and work resumes including the 0530 wake up calls. Continue reading “Every Day, Holiday…”

Return to the Frozen North

Return to the Frozen North

As might be expected, after 10 months in the Caribbean, Castaway and the Handsome Dutchman have returned to Europe for the festive season. We left sunshine, cocktails and our barbecue behind. We found our down-filled winter coats at the back of the wardrobe and realised that we had left all our hats, scarves and gloves in Aberdeen so we would have to travel without them and retrieve them on arrival. Certainly, they have been needed while we are here. Continue reading “Return to the Frozen North”