Where do they take “The Course?”
With only a few days until our Grenadian visas expired, getting them renewed was pretty high on our to-do list. Sorting this out required a trip into St. George’s which, now that we are very familiar with the workings of the extremely-efficient local bus system, is pretty painless.
When we first checked in to the country back in June, we did so in Carriacou. At that time, the customs and immigration officer granted us a 3 month stay on our visas (fairly typical although not everyone gets the same) but only 1 month on our cruising permit. He told us that we shouldn’t worry about that discrepancy because when it was time to clear out, they would simply bill us for the additional months that we had over stayed. This fact led to a bit of confusion on our part because we thought that this worked for our visas too. Apparently not, as our friends fortunately informed us. Not renewing the visas on time would have meant that we were in the country illegally, leading to all sorts of unnecessary drama. Anyway, we realized the mistake before it became an issue, hence the trip to town yesterday.
Renewing the visas at the immigration office in St. George’s was simple enough although it does once again pose the question “where do all the customs and immigration officers go to take ‘The Course?'” Any traveller out there knows the course I am referring to. The one that teaches them that they must never smile or act friendly in any way. I just don’t get it. Everyone in Grenada is so friendly. Why not these people? There really is no need to be stone-faced. They hold all the power… we get that. We were polite nevertheless and came away having traded $150 EC for two 3-month visa extensions. We’ll still need to cough up some extra dough when we leave the country for the additional months on our cruising permit. I forget what that will end up costing us but in our mind, it’ll be more than worth it. We love Grenada!
A bus stop, although in truth, the buses will pick you up anywhere.
They’ll even come off the regular route to get you!
Stop 1: The Immigration Office. Stop 2 was the treasury, downstairs.
Stop 3 was back at the Immigration Office, again.
All paid and legal. Good thing too… we don’t want to leave Grenada just yet.
From the Government Buildings we took a nice walk around the Caranage, looking for a lunch spot.
We had heard of the famous B’s Hot Spot, reported to have the best Roti on the island.
Lambi and Shrimp Roti. We concur… they were pretty awesome!
Best on the island? Some more samples may be required.
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