The "Seven Seas Adventures Series” is based on the colour paper edition of "9 Years on the 7 Seas with S/Y Nor Siglar", also published as a text-only Kindle version by the same name. As Kindle Fire and growing number of reading devices with colour screens now support colour images, we have decided to publish a series of illustrated books. Each of the 7 books corresponds to the 7 parts in the printed edition.
This is the second book in the series, we are on our way from Panama to Cuba, we sail the historic Spanish Main, once patrolled by the famous pirates and buccaneers, Sir Francis Drake and Henry Morgan in search of the precious Inca gold.
We visit the unique islands of San Blas, realm of the Kuna Indians, where we purchase exquisitely hand crafted Molas in exchange for seeing a dead man in a hammock, whom we end up taking to his funeral, using Nor Siglar as a virtual hearse.
We move on to Colombia's isolated Isla Providencia, remote Vivarillo Cays and treacherous Cayo Media Luna, where we come within inches of disaster. We marvel at the hidden Eldorado of the Bay of Honduras with its beautiful islands of Guanaja, Roatan and Utila before seeking refuge from the hurricane season on Rio Dulce in the midst of the jungle, while exploring the fascinating Highlands of Guatemala, the realm of the Maya Indians.
We raise money for an orphanage and get treatment for stomach ailments and hook worms, deal with a cholera scare and thieves in the night, dental work and missing mail. We travel on packed chicken buses with live turkeys and young mothers nursing babies and admire spectacular lakes and bustling markets with impossible names like Chichicastenango, stay at family hotels and enjoy gourmet meals at bargain basement prices, hear of rapes at gunpoint, robberies, street patrols and money in shoes, crime, pollution and such. We marvel at archaeological wonders in the early morning jungle sunrise and learn about medicine doctors and nature's remedies before heading back to the joy of cruising, wet dinghy rides and a boat full of cockroaches.
Then we are off to the dangerous and shallow reef-strewn waters of Belize, one of the most fantastic diving areas in the world and home to the famous Lighthouse Reef and Jacques Cousteau's Blue Hole, where we snorkel with local free divers, trade and feast on lobster and friendship.
Next it’s onwards to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico’s undisputed tourist Mecca, to finish off this part of the voyage in Castro’s very own paradise, Cuba, where a whole different world awaits us complete with rules and regulations, inspections and massive bureaucracy. Yet, we are met with unsurpassed friendliness in the midst of appalling poverty and tragedies.
We get acquainted with Cuba Libre, shortages, rationing and Fidel’s infamous “Committees for the Defence of the Revolution", before heading across the Strait of Florida to the Land of the Free.