posted July 6th
Moving on from Little Cayman, we took another small plane to the nearby island of Cayman Brac: the air stewardess apologized that there wouldn’t be any in-flight service because the flight was only 7 minutes long!
Despite our making every attempt to try to arrange accommodation in advance, including writing to 2 top MPs & meeting one of them, we still didn’t have anything solid on arrival, so hitched a lift from the first car leaving the airport! We asked if the driver could possibly just drop us at the nearest hotel, which turned out to be a very nice family-run establish-ment called ‘Alexander Hotel’. We’re very thankful to them for kindly donating the 6 nights that we planned to stay on Cayman Brac!
The Ministry of Education in the capital had given us the name & phone number of someone on the island who would be able to arrange appointments for us in the local schools, as well as help with transportation. Mrs Costa was indeed very helpful & thanks to her, we were able to conduct our drug-awareness programs in the high school, as well as to the senior classes of the 2 biggest primary schools. Reactions were very good & for us it was a pleasure to talk to such well-behaved students.
Cayman Brac has no bus service so everyone gets around either in their own car, or hitch hiking other people’s cars! Stopping for neighbours & fellow human beings is considered a duty on the island, which made transportation pretty easy.
We’re so glad we put Little Cayman & Cayman Brac on our itinerary: quite apart from the school programs we did, the islands were a delight to visit with friendly people, unspoilt nature, a relaxed pace of life & an old-world Caribbean charm that modernization hasn’t yet caught up with.
Next stop: Jamaica!