Cruising community benefit #325
How many of you can boast that you live in a community where people from a dozen or more countries routinely interact with one another? My guess is not too many. I know that I certainly couldn’t have said that about my home town. People often state that they set off cruising in order to see the world, but when questioned later, cite that it’s the people that they met along the way that had the most impact on them. While circumnavigating the world will ultimately net that result — meeting people from a variety of different countries — there are certain places, Grenada during the rainy season for example, that attract a huge sampling of folks from around the world.
At least as far as cruisers are concerned, we are all one!
Just off the top of my head, and I know for a fact that there are more countries represented here than I can list, there are cruisers in Grenada right now from the following countries:
- America (from all over the country, including Alaska)
- Canada (French and English speaking)
- Caribbean (various islands)
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- New Zealand
The chatter that we hear on the VHF radio, completed in a variety of languages, is evidence of what I noted above. While those who share a common language may, at least initially, be drawn to one another, I don’t believe there is much in the way of isolationism, at least not intentionally. Adults and children routinely get together during impromptu or organized social events, and do so regardless of homeland. This type of community forces one to realize that we all have infinitely more in common with one another than we do differences.
We have yet to remove the French emblem from our wind generator, just to keep people guessing. 🙂