“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” Rosie wisely stated during one of our Happy Hour conversations in De Big Fish bar. We looked admiringly and jealously at another cruising friend who had lined up a nice job on a big catamaran, providing some well-needed money to keep the sailing life going. But, knowing the right person doesn’t only help to land you a job, it also comes in handy when wanting to see Grenada. And, in our case, the person to know was our friend Frik, aka Doc.

Mark, Darwin, Kali and I met Frik in Luperon, Dominican Republic over two years ago. We were all there sitting out the hurricane season and learned that Frik is a doctor from South Africa, always prepared to donate time in a local hospital or assist cruisers with medical issues. Since a year, our Doc has been teaching in the Medical School in Grenada, giving us plenty of opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives. But, best of all: Frik has a car and knows Grenada in and out. After being here for over a month, we took him up on his offer to take us around.

The summer is a great period for sightseeing in the Eastern Caribbean. The hurricane season keeps out the cruise ships and with it the mass tourism flooding all the sights. Mark, Darwin and I snuggly fit in Doc’s little Suzuki which labored hard to drive us up and over mountains, over gravel roads and towards many interesting places. It was Saturday and another hot and humid day, but we took the constant sweating with a smile, ignoring the lack of AC and proper ventilation and enjoying a special tour, without having to drive ourselves.

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