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jlatino
post May 12 2006, 02:56 PM
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After 3 planes, 3 taxis, 1 hotel room without a toliet that flushed, no hot water, and a tv with no remote and most of the buttons to make it function pushed into the set, and about a dozen ´´louts´´ i made it. Lout is an Indian word for those guys that want to do everything for you from taxi driver to changing money.



One of those louts actually said gimme your passport and i¨m help u out... F·"!&er! the nerve of him.



So, El Yaque, the city is no big deal, it´s from what I can tell about a block long. I have to go into Palomar to go Salsa dancing and see the more cultural artsy fartsy stuff. but I imagine is has nothing to do with the town but the water and wind. As for entertainment American style.... nada. btw, speaking spanish is quite handy when coming here.



No wind today so no riding, though i do plan on putting up the 05 fuel 11m slingshot. Just becasue i have never flown this kite and because i i want to check it out.



btw, the people that work at the bar at Velawind have no concept of how to make a drink! each one was so watered that after 3 i hardly noticed a buzz. i think either i´ll have to buy my own bottle and spice things up, do shots (yuck) or just stick to the beer.



I´m staying at www.jumpnjive.com. the room and location is new and it´s clean. for $40 a night ya´can´t beat it!





anyway, i´m here and safe.



peace out

Jorge
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post May 21 2006, 09:47 AM
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there were 5 of us. the australian, french, and two locals who work as instructors.

To get there ya´load up all the gear onto this open air trolley for lack of a better word. the trolly picks you up right infront of the hotel and costs $20,000 Bs. the equipment, hardly fits, becasue there are so many people all trying to get to coche as well. from there it takes you on about a 5 min ride to the boat.

boat is about 24 feet in length with two outboards, and is covered with a canopy on the top and sides, the ride back can be a rather wet one. passengers sit on the side and equipment goes in the middle. there were other kiters going as well so there was a s"% load of stuff in there. the boat takes you across the ocean to coche which is about a 20 min ride.

coche is pretty much a a desert. there are a some trees but mostly wind blown ground cover succulents, cactus, and other things to stick into your flesh whence walking around; however, there is a resort there with hotel. other than alot of eye candy such as on the main land there isn´t much to do there but kite, which is cool. the only problem with that is that the sun seems to be 3 times stronger there. at the end of yesterdays field trip i was definately feeling the pain. there was so much sun that last night i noticed crows feet on my face, which i have never had. btw, i´ve been wearing nothing but 60 SPF. frenchie, didn´t put crap on and within an hour had developed blisters all over his shoulders.

i think partly the reason is because, and the locals agree, is that the sand there is white. even when you do find some shelter there in the shade i imagine without the wind it would be sweltering there. i don´t know how someone decided to start to build there, kinda like vegas, who would have thought.

anyhow, the reason that coche rocks is becasue the wind that crosses the ocean hits the island, remember no trees to get in the way of the wind, crosses the small strip of land, less than a qtr mile, and heads back over the water again, providing great wind without the choppy waves, though is is not glassy like you´ll see locally or in hatteras but is is flat enough to notice how the board is riding. also, the wind blows off shore staright into the great blue yonder. there are boats that patrol, err... park till you´ve gone too far, that keep an eye on and come get ya. of course this is only if you aren´t doing much upwind... which i have gotten a bit better at when going regular not goofy.

one sad note is that i walked over to the other side of the island where the wind comes onto shore i started to notice empty oil quart containors like the ones to use for filling your car. first there were 5 or 6 then when i looked up at the beach line, it was covered, though not a solid layer, with plastic bottles and all naught what that had been blown over from the mainland, carried on the water, and found it´s place on the beach.

another mentionable note is that bestkiteboarding has set up a small shop there and has installed some sliders into the water

speaking on riding, yes i continue to progress, the muscle memory continues to developè. i never was much of an athelete. but i can say with pride that i know i´m doing my best becasue i seem to have just as many, though not as severe, cuts, bumps, abrasions and all naught what not from the sport as others with the occasional travel hazards... i had to warn the guys yesterday to look out for slicks on the water when riding, montazuma´s revenge finally hit. gross! too much information?

today i´ll be doing the afternoon session. i´ve got to clean up my lines and do some other crap.

peace out
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jlatino   El Yaque   May 12 2006, 02:56 PM
jlatino   two days no wind...   May 13 2006, 08:53 PM
SaulOhio   Looks like things have really gone downhill since ...   May 17 2006, 01:49 PM
jlatino   7 days, 5 days of wind... 7 days remaining   May 18 2006, 02:31 PM
jlatino   todays forecast and all naught what   May 19 2006, 07:57 AM
jlatino   went to coche yesterday   May 21 2006, 09:47 AM
KyleK   Outstanding travelouge Latino! Sounds like everyt...   May 21 2006, 09:29 PM
jlatino   i can feel ur pain   May 22 2006, 08:47 AM
jlatino   el viento esta duro...   May 22 2006, 03:24 PM
jlatino   epilogue   May 26 2006, 01:24 PM
jlatino   here are all the pics   May 29 2006, 06:34 PM


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