Laborie Travel Guide

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Laborie Transportation

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    by Assenczo Written Feb 8, 2013

    There is no better option for your everyday travels on the island of St. Lucia than the 15 seater minibuses. They have good connections, polite staff and one tenth of the taxi price. And on top of that you see how the St. Lucians do their dayly business - quite the package!

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Laborie Local Customs

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    by Assenczo Updated Mar 15, 2013

    The accommodations in Laborie proper are not many – actually, it is down to three of them under the same owner. The other options are a bit out of the village and more in need of an independent transport. Out of this trident monopoly (called La Mar) there shouldn’t be much of an expectation since monopoly is a monopoly no matter how fancy it looks. In this particular case the most affordable option was a guest house going under the name of Noella’s Guesthouse. Noella is the de facto owner but the communications are done by somebody called Yves who never materialised on the spot. Originally the impression was very good from the email exchanges, the reasonable price (USD65) and the extra effort to supply map guidance for the not-so-sure taxi drivers. Once on the property though the fancy outlook created on the Internet started to crumble. First and foremost on time of arrival there was no water coming out of any of the three faucets available in this apartment. After grueling twelve hour travel and early-morning get-up this is the last thing a visitor wants to face. Nevertheless, the greasy sweat gradually sticks firmly to the happy-go-lucky traveller’s skin to form the perfectly-necessary Caribbean laisser-passer masque. Second, the realisation that the door locks were not functioning properly came – only experienced folks like the owner’s daughter could shove it in such delicate way as to make this one-of-a-kind Sesame open. Later on, at night, the beds revealed a secret in the shape of minute bugs that must have been of the beach variety, so tiny that their bites itch but leave no traces. Thank God the dawn arrived, there was a bit of water coming off the kitchen sink (the toilet was not that lucky) so the born-again Caribbean-style relaxed human could wash the sleep off his eyes. Finally, miss property manager/owner appeared to collect her dues. When confronted with the serious deficiencies the answer was filled with understanding and an offer for a room on the ground floor was put forward (moves in strict adherence to the hospitality book). Well, this was not the room advertised on the Internet and who knows how perfect it would end up anyway. No discussion of discounts followed and a mutual relief settled in after the parties, well... parted.

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