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November 24, 2006


drew Roberts


nice article.

I have been talking something around for several years now and it seems like it might fit in here.

I propose that the Bahamas become a world leader in this area.

I propose that we negotiate citizen exchange programs with other nations.

Once we have these agreements in place, any two citizens from such countries can exchange places with full rights in the other's country (except voting?) once they meet the requirements for entry as a tourist.

This would make it easier for many Bahamians to live and work abroad.

As a Bahamian, one thing that makes travelling more difficult for us is the visa requirements put on us that are not put on many others.

I was looking to go to Europe for my honeymoon many moons ago.

I am Bahamian and my wife to be was Canadian. She could have just bought her tickets and travelled about as she pleased. Stopping in some countries longer if she liked them and moving through some quicker than expected if she wanted.

Not so with me. For some countries, I would have to have a visa stating what day I would enter and what day I would leave, supposedly, no leeway.

What kind of adventure traveling (and don't talk stopping to work for a bit to restock funds..) are we supposed to do. That is only conducive to bus tours or a little better.

One thing my father did for us as kids which I still appreciate is to take us on open ended driving trips around the US. Leave Miami, drive to Los Angeles and back by whatever route, stopping wherever.

Now for the crazy proposal:

Move parliment to Grand Bahama, move all "office" government jobs there as well. Open and close parliment here, but let the real business happen down there.

Push New Providence as a big historical destination. (And a few other places.) Push Grand Bahama as the "comfort" spot to use your words. Push the wilder areas for the adventure set.

Our laws are not friendly to the adventure set on land though. We need to free up on camping.

Oh, and to preserve the settlements somewhat, no foreigner can own a home in a settlement who does not personally live in it ten or more months a year. Beyong the outskirts, fine. (Do we need a gap?)

So, if the junkanoo guys don't want to do junkanoo experience packages, perhaps the theatre people would like to have college players come down and take part in local productions? Perhaps local musicians would like to allow college musicians to come down and join the band for a month or three?

Laws would need to change to make this easy as well I would guess.

Anyone from away want to pay to dive from a smack boat? To go out on a trip?

Please excuse the largely disjointed ramble. The ideas hang together in my mind, but I don't have the time now to do better here.

all the best,

(who has more to say but who will shut up now.)


Good comment, Drew.

Regarding the theatre set, HELL, YES!!!

(We would, however, need to invest in a real theatre somewhere.)

Bob Knaus

Adding to Drew's comments, read what Lonely Planet or Rough Guide have to say about accomodations for the budget traveler in the Bahamas. You'll see that the gap in understanding between young cosmopolitans and Bahamians is mutual.

I gather that the hostility towards campers and backpackers is a holdover from the '70s when the government wanted to keep hippies out of the islands. Is this true? If so... someone ought to let 'em know the Age of Aquarius is long past!

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