Discovering Couples

Trip Start Apr 21, 2007
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Trip End Apr 28, 2007


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Monday, April 23, 2007

Our breakfast arrived about 7:00 Monday morning, and we had Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and croissants on the verandah. After a leisurely meal we decided that I needed a bathing suit, flip flops and sunscreen to survive the day. There was a small shop on the beach just off the resort property. About 9:00 we walked to the shop to find the proprietor, a gentleman named Spiderman, smoking a joint and waiting for customers. I don't think most of his customers come to buy bathing suits, but he did have a few on a shelf. He wanted $20 for the suit, which was too ugly even for me. We ended up at one of the resort gift shops and bought a bathing suit, flip flops and sunscreen. They only wanted $15 for their suit, and it had the Swept Away logo.

At 10:00 we attended the orientation that we missed the day before. When we arrived,
a few minutes early (we thought), we were told that they had already left but maybe if we hurried we could catch up. Seeing our reaction, and that of the other people who arrived after we did, we realized this was our introduction to Skippy, the Activities Director, and that orientation would not be dull. He showed us the restaurants, where activities such as Blazing Pianos, Margarita Mixology, the Botanical Tour, tie dying, history of Jamaica, etc. would be held and endeared himself to us. We would find that he is a major player with a great sense of humor.

After shopping we went to Seagrapes for lunch, it is the veggie bar on the beach. We had sweet potato chips with pumpkin jalapeņo dip and black bean hummus. I also ordered the grilled snapper with veggies. It was the only meat on the menu, but they to try to accommodate even us carnivores.

The beach is special. It is seven miles of sand about the color and consistency of sugar. We really enjoyed the beach. You could wade out about 50 yards and still be only waist deep, the waves were smaller than the boat wakes, and there is little tidal change.

When we came in from the beach, there was a message from American Express saying that my bag had been found and was on its way from the airport to the hotel. American Express really handled this whole problem very well for me.

We ate dinner at the Palms restaurant. My wife had the jerk chicken and I had the nut encrusted grouper. We finished the meal with orange Tiramusu and Jamaican coffee. On the way back to our building we met a couple from the UK and were discussing our meal. They had eaten at Lemongrass, which is the Thai restaurant, and at Feathers, the continental restaurant. These two restaurants require reservations, which we made the night of our arrival (pays to read the message board, as they book up days ahead). They said Feathers was a bit stuffy and the food was overcooked, so we cancelled our reservation for Feathers.

We went by the lobby to check on my missing bag, and it was sitting beside the desk. They were going to have it taken to my room, but I told them I could get it there myself. After all, I had to lug it to the airport.

We went to the internet café to use our laptop and Skype to call home. They have ten PCs for public use and provide wireless in that building. I did not want to put any personal information on their PCs so I opted for the wireless.

Overall, life is good. We are losing ourselves in Paradise and my prodigal bag has returned.
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