Atlantis, the beach and more....

Trip Start Aug 27, 2005
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Trip End Dec 09, 2005


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Monday, August 29, 2005

I arrived in the Bahamas on Saturday at 7:00 pm via a "puddle jumper" from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On the twenty-seater plane, about half of the passengers were Semester @ Sea students. The man next to me was a Bahamian who works in IT at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. He filled me in on some things to do around Nassau as we made our way to Nassau. Customs was uneventful and my bags arrived safe and on-time. It was a muggy overcast evening in Nassau.

On my flight there was a S@S student named Jordan from the University of Colorado who was also staying at the Towne Hotel. I introduced myself and we agreed to share a cab fare to the hotel. I met up with my Nassau roommate Courtney and got settled before meandering around, meeting other S@S students. Around 10pm or so, Jordan, his roommate Greg, and I went around the corner to a restaurant/bar and I bought my first alcoholic drink ever: a bottle of Kalik, a Bahamian beer. I made my way back to the hotel and stayed up until around 1am chatting with Courtney and our other roommate, Janny. It was time for some much needed sleep!

This morning Courtney, Janny, Sarah (who had just arrived from Oregon) and I walked down through the straw market and to the water to catch a ferry ride over to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. We figured it was a good day to do this since most everything in Nassau is closed on Sunday. Bahamians dress in their Sunday best and typically go to mass and spend time with family on Sundays. The ferry ride included a humorous tour guide who assured us that the black in the Bahamian flag represented the color of his skin and warned us not to eat too much conch because it is a tried and true aphrodisiac. We walked around the resort, which looks and feels exactly like being in a ritzy themed resort/casino in Las Vegas, trying to figure out how to get to a public beach. Finally, we made it to Cabbage Beach and enjoyed the water (which is warmer and saltier than the Pacific). I was expecting another overcast day due to the current storms this part of the world has been getting, but it was gorgeous and sunny out. The sand on the beach was wonderful, so smooth and soft. After a while we headed back to Nassau via the ferry. Before returning to the hotel, Janny, Sarah and I went to a small restaurant called the Imperial that serves some local favorites for a very good price. I ordered some chicken curry with peas and rice (a Bahamian staple). It was a lot of food, and very good.

After a break at the hotel, Janny and I went for a quick walk around a few of the blocks near the hotel. We discovered that the Government House was just half a block up the street. This is no White House...more like bubblegum pink. We thought it was kind of odd that there is a statue of Christopher Columbus with a plaque that says "1492" in front of the Government House. Apparently, several of the Bahaman islands claim the title of being the first that Columbus set foot on since technically it can't be proven that he landed on San Salvador.. The streets were pretty dead so we headed back to the hotel to relax for the evening. I am looking forward to tomorrow when more things will be open and Bahamians will be out and about the city.
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janelle_swan
janelle_swan on

Fabulous Seaney
Wow! Sounds like you are so busy! I am so excited that I get to live vicariously through your experience!!! Makes all the time I am spending doing one on ones less mundane when I get to take a break and read what you are up to! Keep up the great descriptions :)
-Janelle

littlelulu
littlelulu on

hi!!
wow sounds like you are having a great time! sorry i couldnt post tell now, life is crazy shit! thats so cool you are in Venezuela, we were deff talking about there in my geog 302 class i just ditched, too boring!! anyway hope it is all fantastic and im still jealous as hell! how is the boat, and the people? and where is my postcard!!!!! kidding : )

o i bumped into spencer, he wanted me to give you this email so that you can keep in contact with him. he wants to know all about your trip to. so here is it : www.cforecordings.com, or thats a site rather, but find his email and talk to him!

miss ya and hope you're having a great time!! and hook up with some chicks, shit . . .

ash

r4suds
r4suds on

Atlantis What Poor Service
We arrived in the Bahamas on May 19, 2007 for a convention of Insurance brokers (over 3000 people). The Atlantis staff were rude and provided poor service for our group. There were countless cocktail parties where the food and beverage were just being setup when the event was already shceduled to be in progress. One morning meeting session the food was asked to be delivered before the 9AM start. As 9AM apporched we called to check on the status and were told in a very harsh manner that the food was on the way. At 9AM we called as the food had not arrived and were scolded by the staff. The food arrived at 10AM as the meeting ended. I heard of countless examples of this kind of service or should I say lack of service. The closing banquest was a magnificent meal of steak and lobster....... The wait staff obviously weren't trained to be the wait staf that a resort of this supposed stature was. Half our table was served and 20 minutes later the remainder were served. I could go on and on. The automatic gratuity helps promote the poor service. We will definately not return........ Oh be sure to prepare for the daily fee to use the electricity as well as the daily pool fee even if you don't use it as well as the fee for your tower, bell fee (they didn't take our bags to or from our room, they were nowhere to be found. Atlantis.......keep it!

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