Floating through shallow, clear turquoise water, we are trying to find our way through a confusing abundance of islands, atolls, reefs, cliffs, lagoons and stranded ships.
This part of our journey: Floating through shallow, clear turquoise water along an endless necklace of small flat islands Long Cay, Long Island, Exuma islands. Yesterday, we anchored near the West coast of Southern Long Island. This time also, we made an excursion to the island, to the shore – big ledges between white sand beaches. Behind the coastline, wilderness consisting of thorny bushes, low trees, puddles, some wet, some dried out an eldorado for mosquitoes that seemed not to have sucked blood for a long time. There, we discovered two newer land houses with beautiful gazeboes overlooking the sea towards sunset. But, they were empty and abandoned. It was painful to see such deserted and wasted mansions that did not date back too long. Here, we saw two testimonies for the whole history of the Bahamas: Soon after 1492, in the 16th century, the indigenous people called "Awarak" were completely exterminated – "usual" colonial genocide. Probably, only their culture was stable and sustainable. Everything that followed since the 17th century was a constant up and down, a conquering and giving up; and finally, since the 19th century, the Bahamas have become the refuge for everything that Law and Order had forbidden: Slavery, alcohol trade during the prohibition, prostitution, drugs. As we read, it seems that today the capital Nassau is experiencing just now one of its booming periods – we should have a look in a few days because our itinerary will touch the island New Providence where Nassau is situated. "I simply do not know where to go next...", Columbus wrote on 14 October 1492 in the middle of a confusing abundance of islands, atolls, reefs, cliffs, lagoons and stranded ships – dear reader, whether we will find the right way out of this labyrinth, you will hear tomorrow if we do not get lost.