“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -All things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
How many of you knew that it’s mandatory to get a VISA for the Bahamas even if you hold a US visa? Well! I didn’t and that’s how my journey started. A solo wheelchair traveler who has traveled across 23 countries and 6 continents, this information was something that should have been with me beforehand. But! here I stand clueless at airport immigration requesting authorities to let me in and explaining the whole scenario. Just a second before when I was about to give up an officer allowed me in. This is how my journey to ‘the land of pink pearls‘ started.
The only thing I fortunately planned was my stay at ‘ Bahasea backpackers‘ at Nassau. They were my Guardian Angels on this trip. Right from the moment I planned this trip, to the end of it, I was guided and assisted by them. Searching for a familiar face at a crowded airport. My eyes beamed with happiness and sparkled when I saw a guy from the hostel- Bahasea. Since I started this trip absolutely nothing was going right. From being stopped at the airport, to a broken wheelchair- Yes! my wheelchair’s socket for battery charging got damaged. My First day literally made me think – Was coming here the right decision? But I’m born to challenge the challenges. I trusted Alicia from Hostel and had faith in the supreme power.
I was assisted to the hostel and to my surprise there was no lift. Yet, arrangements were made to make my stay comfortable and memorable. The staff was always there to guide me and assist me. Like we say- Just a call away. Nelli – the owner of the hostel made sure my wheelchair got fixed and our whole day was spent in resolving the same issue. It drained all the energy out of me. Still, I went down the lane to Wendy’s to have my dinner which is located nearby but the lanes are not wheelchair friendly so I had to face a little struggle. I somehow managed to reach Wendy’s. On my way back to the hostel I had a near death experience. But all thanks to three gentlemen who helped me in reaching my destination safely. Otherwise, I would have not been able to write this blog and my journey of traveling around the globe might have remained unfulfilled.
The last day was what I have planned for a long time. It was when I actually enjoyed and conquered the Bahamas on my wheelchair. My companion was repaired and was ready to complete my journey here. I believe in spreading happiness and my way of thanking Bahasea Hostel was breakfast with Nelly at The Atlantis hotel which is a must visit place if you are at the Bahamas. After dinner, I went to all the places I had bookmarked at the Bahamas.
This was a journey where everything was going wrong still I didn’t give up and at last, had a memorable experience. I would recommend everyone visiting the Bahamas on a budget to stay at Bahasea Hostel. This is a place which is close to all the iconic places. Not just the location but the hospitality and courteous staff of Bahasea will surely add a cherry on your trip.