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Published: February 5th 2020
Last stop on our cruise so let’s make the most of it. We think this port was the cleanest and nicest of them all. Highly recommend it to any of you world travelers!
But before we start, we have to back up again. Reve up your time machines. Go back into the rain forest in Limon. I missed adding some great photos from this excursion. I have only a trillion photos to sort out and combine, thus it becomes somewhat overwhelming and confusing. I used to be able to multi-task when I worked as a nurse....now, as an aged retiree.....not so much. That skill is way behind me. Enjoy these photos and picture yourself along side them as we head off in our big, blue bus and travel along in the old, rickety train with open windows. I know you will recognize these familiar faces but I’ll name them under the photos....just in case.
Okey Dokey.....now point your time machine towards the Cayman Islands. We have to take a tender to get ashore. Other ships are in port also...can you see them? One is the Carnival Legend. Remember that ship....it was trying to turn around and struck another ship.
Damaged the front of the boat. I tried to get a close up of the repair job they did on the front of this ship...can you see it? The other ship is Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. See it? Once on land, the town was right there so we had just a short distance to walk....thank, goodness! My knees have held me up pretty good but I can feel them struggling to do so. Sometimes, they pain me and I find myself hobbling along like Quasimodo.....drag, drag, drag. Probably next year, I’ll be taking you along with me to a hospital when I give in and have a much needed knee replacement. That will be a bunch of blogs to go down in history...or at least, the medical books. Pictures and everything! Study up on your anatomy and orthopedics. Please get a uniform in case I need to use you as my nursing assistant.
Back on the Island, we start down the sidewalk in one direction. Some of our group are with us as we hit multiple gift shops. Lots of photographic material for me to take but NO Lulu to pose. Bwaaaaa. Blubber! Fortunately, Cory and our
friends volunteered their services. Bill met a guy wearing a rather unflattering shirt.....my opinion. It had nipple rings on it that Bill checked out. Oh, where was Lulu to join in with Bill?
A small glitch in the action....at the formal dining the night before, I indulged in escargots. Tasty but slopped up in tons of butter. Now I was paying the penance. Besides going into gift shops, I had to leave the group off & on to seek out bathrooms. It was almost like enduring a colonoscopy prep. Nooooooo. Cory hiked with me far away and finally found one in a Burger King. Thank, God! I hit many restrooms on this Island....some nice, some nasty. Our friends had parted once they knew of my extra curricular activity. Sandy held in with us. She’s a good,strong friend. That’s enough of this bullshit..... pun LOL.
Next we came to an open air fish stand. The docked boat went out, caught fish (all kinds) and returned them to the fish slaughters under the 2 tents. A few fish looked like skinned, skeleton fish (creepy). They were called trigger fish and were good eating....as I was told. It all made me
shutter as I thought of Lulu “sleeping with these fishes.” Nooooooo. You certainly could plan on getting fresh fish at these tent stands.
We mosied along in the opposite direction now. Bigger and better shops. There was a Margaritaville there! Cory wanted a new watch. He had checked the other ports as well as on the ship....nothing. He’s fussy! Finally he found the watch he wanted in one of the hundreds of jewelry stores. Ocasta was his salesperson. They “dickered and dealed” until they got to Cory’s price. Ocasta had to take out 6 links from the band. While Cory waited, he was gifted with a beer. I got a small bottle of water! Cory was a happy guy....got his watch and beer to boot. He wore his new watch and slugged down his beer. Back to the shops. Cory found t-shirts for the both of us. He’s a good, little shopper. My knees made me sit it out. I use that time to visit and chat with fellow squatters. You meet a lot of interesting folks that way.
Once we had hit every shop (my personal issue had come to an end), we hiked back to the
Royal Caribbean Ship
Sandy, Carolyn, Bob & Jill on the tender
tender to embark our ship once again. Trying to keep the mood festive, I covered my mouth with pouched out cheeks and asked for the vomit bags. Most just stared at me...stunned and fearful. One woman frantically said “she didn’t know, she didn’t know where the bags were !“ I did a big swallow and we all moved forward to the gangplank.
We returned to another evening of food and friendship in the dining room. Our servers, Kristian & Maryna, posed with us for a picture. Can you see what Maryna is holding? Look closely! Bonnie & Joe bought us a tiny mermaid doll to substitute for Lost Lulu. Bonnie named her Mimi the Mermaid. What thoughtful and wonderful friends! They actually brought a moment of happiness back into our lives ......knowing Lulu would appreciate this sweet substitution for her during her unwanted absence. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have made a difference in our lives. Lulu will be forever grateful.
Celebrations did not stop with Mini the Mermaid. She just got the ball rolling. The casino arranged an important moment for Cory as they presented him with a poster size check for his jackpot winnings.
We all gathered at the front of the casino as the casino staff, the Captain of the ship and other high dignitaries from other departments gathered along side of Mr. Lucky and myself for a professional photograph. They will use this for their promotions and advertisements. The casino is not known for releasing any jackpots.....so this was a rare occurrence. Proof Mr. Lucky deserves his name!
Another “shorty” of a blog. Just for those of you who get bored easily. Yawn! I have to admit I doze off and on while creating these long winded sagas. Yawn! They can become exhausting! But drink some coffee-lots of it.....more cruising blogs yet to come. Wake up, everyone! We can do it! Attention: 30 photos to look at.
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