Among many other things yesterday, Rebecca and I took a foray into a bay lined with barges and half-sunken fishing boats in search of the elusive propane refilling station. In this case it wasn’t too hard to find, relatively speaking. We only needed to tie up our tender to a sketchy sea wall, hike a quarter mile around a fully fenced-in work area and then once we found someone to help, pass our empty tank over a rusty fence to the gentleman who could refill it. It could have been much worse. 🙂
Where to get propane (cooking gas) tanks refilled is just one of countless bits of local knowledge that cruisers are forced to suss out when they arrive in a new port.
- Where is the dinghy dock?
- Are there buses and if so, where do we catch them?
- Where is the ATM?
- What is the local beer?
- How do I pronounce the name of the local beer properly so I don’t look like such an outsider?
These are all critical things and the list goes on and on. In some cases this info is shared in guidebooks. At other times it is available on websites and in social media groups. Many times though it can only be obtained by word of mouth, passed from one cruiser to another.
We are fortunate in this regard as in most cases, we are not the first cruisers to arrive in these ports. The info is available even though we still have to work to assimilate it.
Shopping for Christmas decorations at Kmart. Brave, aren’t we?