posted June 28th
We recently had the chance to visit the 2 ‘sister islands’ of Grand Cayman: Little Cayman & Cayman Brac. Both of these 2 smaller islands are located about 20 minutes away by propelor plane from the capital, Georgetown, and are a totally different world from the busy capital.
We had originally been offered accommodation for the 2 nights we would be spending on the island, but unfortunately, just 2 days before our flight—when we phoned to confirm—we were told that relatives had unexpectedly arrived & that there would no longer be a place for us! We’d been looking forward to being met on arrival, (for a change!), but now it looked like it would be a ‘faith trip’ instead; still, it was somewhat comforting to remember that the population of Little Cayman is only 120, & usually small islands are very helpful & friendly.
When we got down from the small propelor plane, we found that a hotel called ‘Paradise Villas’ was less than 100 metres walk away, with the office being only half that distance. We’re happy to say that the owners of the property kindly gave us a beachside villa for the 2 nights we needed on the island!
They also told us that the one & only school on the island would be closing soon for the weekend so we hitch hiked over & were able to conduct a simplified version of our drug prevention program for the little primary school. And guess how many students are in the whole school…..? Only 5!! Moreover they are of different ages, reminding us of the sort of one class school you see on ‘Little House on the Prairie’!
We had planned on only talking to the 5 children about soft drugs, but the teachers encouraged us to mention the other drugs as well, as there have been several instances of packets of cocaine & hashish washing up on the shore! We’ve actually heard of this happening in many of the Caribbean islands: no doubt thrown overboard when drug traffickers thought that a patrol boat was getting too close….
Next stops: Cayman Brac, Jamaica!