As one of Sarah's ambitions is to see parrots flying in the wild, we joined a Norwegian family and guide Geoffrey on a trip to the Syndicate Nature Trail and waterfalls. Geoffrey drove us out of Portsmouth giving us the local history and showing us how the Ross Medical University is developing. All the student accommodation is in locally owned apartment blocks He showed us the house where the island's oldest lady, 128 years old, and her neighbour and best friend who was 124 years old, had lived before they died last year. We then drove up towards Morne Diablo, where the nature trail is. We had a pleasant walk along the forest trail, although a group of American students had made it difficult to hear the birds at the start due to their raucous behaviour. But once we had let them get far ahead of us we could enjoy the atmosphere and the calls of several indigenous birds, including the calls of the Sisserou and Jaco parrots, who fly down from the high mountains every day to feed on the fruit in the lower forest and the adjacent farming area. For the first time we caught glimpses of them flying above the trees and could clearly hear them calling.We then wandered through the adjacent farms and down to the Syndicate waterfall for a swim, before eating juicy sweet grapefruits with the land owner, as he recalled with us the story of a local school visit, where they left five children behind overnight causing a massive police search. Luckily, the children were all found safe and huddled together by the waterfall early the next morning. You can imagine Sarah's thoughts on that particular school trip!
We managed to get back down to Portsmouth safely though and were back on board Stream in time for a leisurely meal before an early night, ready for the sail north to Gaudeloupe in the morning.