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Arthurville is a tiny village on the island of Wakenaam, of not more than 60 people. It is just 2.8 miles from the Wakenaam Stelling. To get to Wakenaam, one must travel to Parika and then either take the ferry, which leaves at 5 pm and returns the next day at 5 am, or take a speedboat. The trouble is, as I learned, speedboats do not leave without a full complement of passengers. It took two tries. The first involved a three-hour wait and a retreat after it got too late. On the second occasion, there were no Wakenaam boats at Parika, so I took one to Supenaam. There, I found an elderly couple at the stelling awaiting a speedboat for Wakenaam. A short wait and three more passengers later we were on our way.

There are taxis that take you around the island and you can ride alone for $500 a drop or share the car and pay $300.

Having begun my journey at 6 am, it was still only 8 am when I arrived at Arthurville and persons were busy getting their morning chores done.

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