It’s long and it might be boring at times but this video is from July 27, 1991 when I visited the St. Lucia Peace Corps Office. Then there is the video of my room at the Vigie Beach Hotel. Don, Denise, and Lisa are seen on the beach. More volunteers arrive on St. Lucia. On July 28, 1991, Michelle, Patrice, Diane, Marge, Don and I take a boat ride to Soufrière where we get the sea view of the Pitons near Anse Chastanet. We then visit the Sulphur Springs, Botanic Gardens, Mineral Baths, Falls and Marigot Bay by boat.
The following video features the arrival of the EC57 volunteers to St. Lucia. The first segment might have been recorded on or just before July 26, 1991. Welcoming the St. Lucia volunteers at Hugh & Bertha’s starting with Marge and Jack. Then fellow trainer Carole is sick of me recording her. The next day, Ingrid and her fellow Dominica volunteers arrived on St. Lucia. The rest of the video shows food for sale at Castries Market and a bus ride out of Castries. Where was I going? I do not remember.
It’s Friday the 13th but only Francis noticed. None of the Dominicans said anything about it. I don’t think it’s part of their culture. I remember vaguely a Caribbean national remarking about the U.S. superstition of the number thirteen. It was said in a way that made me think it was nothing to them.
It’s really nothing to me (except I enjoy those comical Jason movies). I hope it stays that way today.
In eight minutes or so I plan on going to the post office. Just like at this time last year I hope to get a package containing the new Prince album, “Diamonds and Pearls.” I asked my sister Ann Marie to send it to me. The next time I write to her I’ll have to send a check so she doesn’t forget. She never got me “Raspberry Beret” by the Hoodoo Gurus [correction, I should have written Hindu Love Gods]. I haven’t heard from her since June. I wonder how she’s doing without her son.
During the second week of training model school began (6 August). I also left the hotel. I stayed with ANDY and JENNY MONTGOMERY. Staying with them had its benefits. On Thursday (8 Aug) Jim, ANDY, JENNY, Christophe, and I went to Philipe’s house for dinner. We had a quiche-like omelet pie. We also had banana desserts due to the abundance of bananas that could not be put on the recently on-fire Geest boat.
On Friday I helped make salad and dessert for the upcoming parties. Shortly after Christophe left Andy’s and Jenny’s I left to meet Diane at Gros Islet. I enjoyed dancing with her. We took a taxi back to Vigie and Castries.
Saturday (10) was the Big Beach Party. I planned to start staying at Jack’s that night. That was impossible because Jack was staying at Andy’s and Jenny’s after the EC 56 party. This was the one-year anniversary of the swearing in of EC 56 volunteers. Some EC 55 people & one EC 57 PCV attended.