SVETI VINSENT I GRENADINI – SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Plaza princeze Margarete-Princess Margareth beach

Plaza princeze Margarete-Princess Margareth beach

Pogled na luku u suton-A view of the port at sunset

Pogled na luku u suton-A view of the port at sunset

Policijska stanica u glavnom gradu-The police station in the capital

Policijska stanica u glavnom gradu-The police station in the capital

Ponuda svezih jastoga-Offering fresh lobsters

Ponuda svezih jastoga-Offering fresh lobsters

U tropskoj basti-In the tropical garden

U tropskoj basti-In the tropical garden

Ulica u Kingstaunu - A street in Kingstown

Ulica u Kingstaunu – A street in Kingstown

Drvena karipska gradnja-Caribbean Gingerbread-style

Drvena karipska gradnja-Caribbean Gingerbread-style

Izlazak iz luke - Exiting the port

Izlazak iz luke – Exiting the port

Izlazak iz luke-Exiting the port

Izlazak iz luke-Exiting the port

Limeni instrumenti su deo kalipso muzike-Brass instruments are part of calypso music

Limeni instrumenti su deo kalipso muzike-Brass instruments are part of calypso music

Na jedrenjaku po Grenadinima - Cruising the Grenadines on a sailing boat

Na jedrenjaku po Grenadinima – Cruising the Grenadines on a sailing boat

Na jedrenjaku po Grenadinima-Cruising the Grenadines on a sailing boat

Na jedrenjaku po Grenadinima-Cruising the Grenadines on a sailing boat

Na ostrvu Bekvej-Bequia Island

Na ostrvu Bekvej-Bequia Island

Ostrvo Bekvej u suton-Bequia sunset

Ostrvo Bekvej u suton-Bequia sunset

Arhipelag u Karipskom moru, država za koju nikome ne treba viza. I ako su
nekada pirati sa Kariba, sa čuvenim Crnobradim na čelu, krstarili ovim
pomorskim putevima i prepadali brodove, kaže se da su oni savremeni pirati
stacionirani u ovoj zemlji. Tu se, naime, može skloniti odmetnik od zakona
i, ako ima dovoljno para, a po pravilu ima, može ovde sebi kupiti bezbednost
i udoban život za sva vremena. Ova zemlja nema ugovor o izručivanju ni sa
jednom drugom zemljom, ne pita za poreklo para i tako svakome omogućava da
se ovde smesti, uz odgovarajuću nadoknadu i kupovinu novog identiteta.
A nije teško smestiti se u ovom tropskom raju, na nekom od ostrva koja se
nazivaju Grenadini. Najveće ostrvo je Sveti Vinsent, gde je smešten mali i
užurbani glavni grad Kingstown od nekoliko ulica, sa policijskom stanicom u
engleskom kolonijalnom stilu, lukom, pijacom i hotelčićima za putnike
namernike koji tu zalutaju. Oni se uglavnom nalaze u preuređenim starim
kamenim kućama u glavnoj ulici, pod čijim arkadama teče poslovni život
gradića, a to je ulična pijaca, kolonijalne radnjice sa mirisom đumbira i
mali obalski dokovi, omamljeni mirisom tek istovarene ribe.
Odlazak na neko od ostrvaca Grenadina pravo je bekstvo iz ovog, nakratko
probuđenog gradića, koji potom ubrzo ponovo tone u laganu pospanost, zvanu
celodnevna siesta. Prvo na putu naziva se Bekvej, sa malim hotelima među
bugenvilijama i hibiskusima, na peščanim plažama boje starog zlata, čije
nijanse postaju svetlije pri zalascima sunca, kao sa platna starih majstora.
Jedna od njih je i plaža princeze Margarete, prema čijem je imenu nazvana
posle njene posete pre mnogo godina.
Ipak, jedno od najpoznatijih ostrvaca je Mustik, sa najskupljim kućama
svetskih zvezda, kao što su Mik Džeger ili Dejvid Bouvi, ostrvo sa
istoimenom kompanijom koja ga vodi, brine o svemu što je njegovim poznatim
posetiocima i vlasnicima potrebno. Putevima droge u ovom arhipelagu ne
posvećuje se puno pažnje. Kako se kaže u bedekerima, za nedelju dana
provedenih na Mustiku možete platiti godišnju školarinu svom detetu, ali sve
ima svoju cenu i svoje kupce. Plovidba ka jugu vodi vas kroz ostale
Grenadine: Kanuan, Union, Tobago Kejs, Palm i druga ostrva tog arhipelaga
snova.
Vaše je da se samo ukrcate na pravi brod, može biti i piratski.

Oktobar 2007.
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This is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, a country that does not require
a visa for anyone. Once upon a time the notorious Pirates of the Caribbean,
headed by Blackbeard, cruised these seas and attacked boats; these days it
is said that contemporary pirates are stationed in this country. Namely, an
outlaw can hide here, and if he has enough money, and as a rule they do, he
can buy himself a comfortable life and security for all time. This country
has no extradition agreements with any other country, and does not question
the source of money, allowing anyone to settle here and buy a new identity
in exchange for monetary compensation.
And it is not difficult to settle in this tropical paradise, on one of the
Grenadines. The largest island is Saint Vincent where the small bustling
capital of Kingstown is located; it only has a few streets, a police station
in the English colonial style, a port, a market and a few small hotels for
those accidental tourists. The hotels are mostly located on the high street,
in the old  stone houses that have been renovated; the high street is the
centre of the town’s business activity, comprising of the street market, the
colonial shops emanating the scent of ginger and small piers enveloped in
the smell of freshly caught fish.
Going on a visit to some of the Grenadine islets is a veritable escape from
this temporarily awakened little town, which soon again starts falling into
mild stupor, called ‘an all day siesta’. The first one on  your way is
Bequia, with small hotels nestled among bouganvillea and hibiscus plants on
sandy beaches the colour of old unpolished gold, the nuances of which get
lighter as the day draws to its end, like in the paintings of the old
masters. One of these beaches is the Princess Margaret Beach, named after
her, following her visit many years ago.
Yet one of the most famous islands is Mustique, with the most expensive
mansions of world famous people like Mick Jagger or David Bowie; the island
is run by a company with the same name who is in charge of providing
everything that is necessary to the wealthy owners and their equally famous
visitors. Drug smuggling routes are not of interest to this archipelago. As
it says in the tourist guides, for a week spent in Mustique, you can cover
your child’s annual school fees, but everything has its price and its
buyers. Sailing South you reach the other Grenadines: Canouan, Union Island,
The Tobago Cays, Palm Island and other islands from this dream archipelago.
You only have to board the right boat, it can even be a pirate one.

October 2007

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