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Published: April 1st 2016
We got up early but figured on island time most places wouldn't be open for breakfast yet, so we decided to take a ride to the west end and south side of the island to find the public beach. Our cottage is in the middle of the north side and there's only a few roads that cross over the limestone ridge that runs down the center of the island...the long way...east to west. We drove to the west end where the airport is along with a few hotels, stores and restaurant/bars. We went past the end of the airport runway, to a small parking area by the water. We walked around, found an abandoned, run down mess of a house for sale. It's a great spot...totally private...but the house is a tear down. We got to the south shore and headed east, eventually finding the public beach...nice white sand. There are 4 gazebos with picnic tables but the sun is low enough in the sky to get in, so no shade. We left and stopped at a nearby bar/restaurant called The Coral Isle Club....the sign on the kitchen door said OPEN. A nice man walked towards our car, said they weren't
open...."The girls aren't here yet....they show up when they want to"...wow....I want a job like that!!!! So we headed back towards the cottage and stopped at Star Island Restaurant...they were open...a policeman (not the one Fred met yesterday) was ordering a whole bunch of food to go. We ordered coffee right away and then had omelets...Fred got a side of sausage which was more like a hotdog sliced on the diagonal and grilled.
Next on our list of things to do was buy groceries. There are a few decent sized stores on the road to the cottage...we stopped at the first one..."Billy's". Got Jamaican bulla cakes made on the island, stuff for breakfast...real ground coffee (YAY), bacon, eggs, and other necessities like bug spray, cough syrup, limes (to fight scurvy), and juice. Three bags of stuff was $97 US....but cheaper than eating out.
We got it all put away, changed into our bathing suits and hung out on the beach under the gazebo, beers in hand...Freddie liked the hammock. I walked around trying to find paddles for the two person kayak but no luck. The shore is full of small rocks that the sea urchins hide under. Even
Pair of Brown Booby's
Stop laughing people!!!!!
wearing water shoes, we decided against walking out to the sandy part to go swimming.
We came in after a couple hours, got changed and went to find the "Lime" store...its the local phone company and the landlord says they sell international calling cards. We finally found the place...now called "Flow"...but they no longer sell those cards. A nice person in the office suggested to Fred that he download the Magic Jack app via internet at the cottage....it allows you to make free international calls on your cell phone...sounds perfect. We continued to the south shore and drove almost all the way to the end this time, just to see what was there....not much...some nice houses but that was about it. We turned around and stopped once again at the Coral Isle Club...this time they were open and we walked around the back to the seaside bar. The breeze was wonderful, the sound of the waves crashing was so relaxing. We had a few beers then went to the cottage.
We had happy hour under the gazebo..more beers, looking at houses in Maine and New Hampshire for sale online. We've been discussing the pros and cons of moving
to Grand Cayman but can't make any decision until we see the hospital's offer in writing next Thursday. Freddie told them he give them an answer the Friday after we return to VT, so that gives us a week to make up our minds!
We went to "Patty's" to have dinner but the regular chef took the night off and the fill-in chef was limited in what he could make for us, so we went to plan B....Barry's Golden Jerk. It's a small roadside stand...was closed so Plan C was "Barracuda's" for wood fired pizza. Yes they were open and had other things on the menu...we chose jerk chicken quesadillas and more beers. We brough home enough for lunch tomorrow.
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