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Sie suchen das ganz Besondere für Ihren nächsten Urlaub? Entdecken Sie die Niederlande und seine karibischen Ableger. Verbringen Sie zunächst ein paar Tage in einem der außergewöhnlichen Hotels der niederländischen Hauptstadt Amsterdam und starten Sie von dort aus in die Karibik. img= Das niederländische Königreich besteht nicht nur aus den Niederlanden selbst, sondern auch die Karibik-Inseln Aruba, Curaçao und St. Maarten gehören dazu. Seit dem 10. Oktober 2010 gehören auch die Inselgebiete Bonaire, St. Eustatius und Saba zu den Besonderen Gemeinden der Niederlande und werden voraussichtlich Ende 2015 in die Europäische Union aufgenommen. Ein Grund mehr also, um in die Karibik zu reisen und die exotische Seite de... read more

Thursday, December 26, 2013 (St. Maarten) As always, I am up early in this morning, 4:45 am. I headed to my normal spot on the 7th level, Atrium area where I could work on this blog. I believe I am the only crazy person up this time of the day on the ship, other than the crew. Today we docked in the port of St. Maarten. The surrounding area was not as dramatic as St. Thomas, however it is still a pretty area. Today the girls and boys are doing separate tours. Cindy and Jennifer are horseback riding in the morning and Michael and I are competing in an America’s Cup race in one of the retired America’s Cup sailboats. Here is some great information on the island of St. Maarten, compliments of many resources on ... read more
Jennifer Horseback riding - St. Maarten
Cindy horseback riding - St. Maarten
Cindy and Jennifer during horseback riding - St. Maarten

Side note: I have been writing in my journal weekly but have not been able to get online regularly to update my blog. So, I will now be visiting Intermezzo, my favorite dining spot on Statia, to update my blog. I will first go back and add the weeks I missed and will also write new blogs on Sunday. --------------- Week 7: New Friends, New Garden This was a hard week! Not only did I just get back from St. Martin, the best weekend vacation ever, but we had a lot of work to get done and the first group of volunteers left. I became very close to this group and I really wasn't ready to say goodbye. We were a tight crew and all learned about Statia together as I only arrived on Statia two ... read more
Dan and James

I can't believe another week has almost gone by. I have been working hard all week trying to get the Children's Garden plots ready for summer club, which starts on July 6th. A typical day begins at 6am for breakfast and picking up Carlton at the office, then starting the manual labor in the garden at 7am, breaking for lunch around 1pm and then working on the planning and research for summer club in the garden. Summer club is 6 weeks long with 30 kids (ages 8-12) coming to the Botanic Garden every Monday looking to learn and have fun. This is what I am spending a lot of time on right now. Outside of work, I am turtle patroling, hiking, snorkeling, running, and thinking of my family and friends that I wish I could share ... read more

What has happened since I last wrote? ..... Let's see, last week I did a mix of labor in the garden with the volunteers and personal project work in the office. I am working on building the foundation of a community/family garden plot in the Botanical Garden. I would really like to find a way to educate and excite the children of Statia with educational gardening. Furthermore, I would like the energy to continue at home by creating a place for parents to come and grow and learn. Right now, it seems like no one is using there gardens for edible foods even though the soil is rich and the weather ideal. After noticing this, I started asking around and some of the reasons mentioned were: water is too precious, roaming animals destroy anything without expensive ... read more
You can make it!

Maintenance Monday: Every Monday we go around the garden and clean up weed, mow, rake, leaf is no one's favorite day. Part 1: I actually had a Botanic Garden committee meeting that took me away from helping the volunteers on their first real day of work. I also had to get them started before 7am when I usually let them linger a little with their coffee and finishing breakfast but because the meeting was with board members in the garden pavilion, I had to make sure everything was clean and everyone was on task. Part 2: Office research for the rest of the morning...which I am not a big fan of because I am not used to being indoors behind a computer anymore. Now that I have a taste of working hard and seeing ... read more
The Evidence
Letting them know, I know,
Just in case...

What a week and weekend: The volunteers arrived last week and everyone is great! We spent the beginning of the week helping them orient themselves to the Botanic Garden lifestyle and eased them into the manual labor aspect. On Thursday, we went on a guided hike up and into the Quill volcano. We saw about 5 snakes, 2 hummingbirds and their nests, an endangered iguana, and many hermit crabs...the best part was the sounds that we heard once in the crater. Inside were the sights and sounds you imagine to find in a tropical rain forest, birds, vines, beautiful flowers, and big leaves. Highs: Hiking into the Quill Singing Karaoke on Friday night (group song Bon Jovi "Living on a Prayer") Saturday Snorkeling at the beach and best Pina Colada ever at Golden Era Fondu get ... read more
Adam and Eve tree
6-6-09 008

Another week full of new activities and people. Now, I am now giving the house and garden orientations. It is still really strange for me to fully realize that my current address is the Miram Shmidt Botanical Garden. Even more weird is that I am starting to get used to it. I don't even mind cold showers or rats anymore. I still may scream and have one of the boys in the house rescue me from the half dead mice that our cat likes to torture under my bed however, I am pretty comfortable here. This weekend I enjoyed a couple trips to the beach, Corre Corre, and cookouts. I really love how much time we spend outdoors. And when we have free time the only things to really do are activities like hiking and visiting ... read more
Micah and Tadzio
Mariel very excited about dinner

Wow, I have been blessed with the luck of seeing baby hatchlings and a nesting turtle on the same day!... read more
View of Quill from Zeelandia
Llama running along Zeelandia
Micah Nest Relocation

Day 6 on Statia: It feels like I have been here for a month now. I am still in shock that my life here has only begun... Though I am loving the weather, the cold showers and mossies (mosquitos) are definitely things I hope to get used to. However, it is also hard to complain when I wake up on a hill of flowers and fruit trees, surrounded by hummingbirds and the quiet of nature that I haven't experienced since being in the back country of the Sierras 10 years ago...eeek has it been that long? Today I woke up later than usual, usual now being 6:30am, and went to the chinese market which is the only store open on Saturdays. After getting some food for the week, I laid in a hammock reading "Kafka on ... read more

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