Kite Surfing on Union Island

Not really sure if I can write this here, but let’s hope no Grenadian government officials read this, haha! Because today, Lindsay, Karys, and I were somewhat illegal immigrants. Let me start from the beginning 🙂

There has been another student who has done an internship with the doctor I have been shadowing for the past couple of weeks. His name is Ryan and he will be a qualified doctor at the end of this year. The other day Ryan told me that he and some friends were going to Carriacou for the weekend and were doing a day trip to some islands known as the Tobago Cays. He wondered if I wanted to come with, and although it is highly unusual to visit Carriacou twice in such a short period of time, why not, haha! I also asked Lindsay if she wanted to come and so this morning Ryan, and his two friends, Lindsay, Karys (a friend of Lindsay’s), and myself, all left for Carriacou (on what turned out to be the rockiest ferry ride ever, I promise you everyone was sick)!!

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Karys, who Lindsay knows from before was also coming with because she was taking a kite-surfing lesson on an island called Union Island, which is not too far from the coast of Carriacou. Lindsay and I decided that this could be fun, so we agreed to join Karys to Union Island. What did not cross our mind about Union Island is that it is not part of Grenada (Carriacou is), it is part of a country called St. Vincent….. So, we were actually going into another country (buuut we had no passport or stamps). Therefore, quite illegally we got into a little speedboat (the pictures will show you that speed boats have a quite different meaning down here), and voilà, we were in St. Vincent (well, on Union Island…) as slightly illegal immigrants, haha!

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Let’s just say that the ratio of boat size to waves was indifferent. It was an interesting hour-long drive over from Carriacou to Union Island but we survived, just soaked from top to toe 🙂

We were met by great hospitality on Union Island as Karys knew the people working at the resort where we came. After a delicious lunch, it was time for our kite surfing lesson!

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The view from where we had our lunch

As we walked over to where they do the kite surfing I was completely blown away. I’ve seen videos and pictures of kite-surfing before, but never in real life – and it was so amazing to see people actually taking off and doing tricks.

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Lindsay with the kite surfers

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The kite surfing place had such a chill and great atmosphere

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Karys and I just had a very basic introductory course to kite-surfing, so we didn’t actually use the board at all, we just learned to control the kite itself (which was hard enough!!). Unfortunately Lindsay and I had to leave back to Carriacou in the evening so that we could go to the Tobago Cays the next day, but I hope I’ll come back and have some more lessons!

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We had a beautiful sunset in Carriacou when we came back. This time we were staying in a little more upgraded place than where I was last time, the Grand view Hotel.

It had been a really great day and hopefully today will be even better!! Google ‘Tobago Cays’ and this is what comes up:

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend! 

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