Blogs from Saint Kitts & Nevis, Central America Caribbean - page 2


Hello! Well a bit of a silence, sorry about that. We have left Antigua after six years of visiting to bring Perthamina up to Tortola ready for her trip home. As many of you know we have decided to upgrade and buy a new boat, bigger and younger, so Perthamina is for sale. We also decided to bring her back to the uk, so she is being put on a ship at St thomas in may. In the meantime, Bruce came to stay for a couple of weeks and we went up to les saintes, and guadaloupe. The weather was awful, rough, big swell , it was very unpleasant for our journeys,. We went to deshaies , and then on to pigeon island for a really good dive. Continuing we went to les saintes, where alan ... read more

4th stop.....St.Kitts. It was time for another morning excursion, and this one was once again a catamaran snorkling trip. This boat was pretty cool as we could relax on the front of the boat on this giant net. We went snorkling at Shitten bay (yes that was the name). However, both Daddy and I were not as impressed after our great snorkling in St. Thomas, as there was not much coral or fish. Also, my snorkling gear did not work that good, and it was cold. However, even with all those things, I still had fun floating around with Daddy and taking in all the beauty. We went back on the boat and I took a giant nap as it was so relaxing and peaceful on the boat. We then met up with Avo Jay and ... read more
Funny Pose with Avo Jay
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Snorkling St. Kitts

The past few days have been completely awesome! The carribean is everything that i thought it would be if not better! Everyday i'm in a new, amazing place! And this is my job!!!! Sometimes i cant really believe that all this is real. I know i complained a lot while i was in Canada but that was boring in my eyes, grey, wet and cold, not really something one associates with cruising. But now, its sunny every day, theres music and drinks and food. Theres something beautifull everywhere you look! So far weve been to Half Moon Cay, which is holland america lines private island in the Bahamas, where i got sunburnt and had the outline of my sunglasses on my face for 3 days! Then yesterday was St. Croix. Which was nice but no where ... read more

Introducing the players... there's me and my wonderful husband Greg (I've cruised four times and this is his second... I tend to take the pictures and blog, and he kindly lugs my camera gear and is happily paid in beer)... there's my pal Nic (this is our third cruise together) and her mom (who celebrated a birthday on board)... and my sis Mel (who was on a first name basis with the entire bar staff by day 2) and her friend Tim (shoulda had a V8)... whom Carnival married and whose honeymoon was definitely short lived :) ... Tuck in with a coffee - it's another long one... And we’re off again on another cruise adventure… This time on the Carnival Miracle out of Fort Lauderdale… instead of leaving in the wee hours of the morning, ... read more
leaving Fort Lauderdale
Mocha Chocolate Getaway
Carnival Miracle, some Celebrity ship, and an Aida ship in St Maarten

Still in North Bay but thought I would give you another history/geography lesson re one of the places we visited on the cruise. The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is a two island nation that has a prime minister and is governed as a parliamentary democracy, very much like Canada. These islands are situated on the eastern side of the Caribbean Sea. St. Kitts was originally named St. Christopher after explorer Christopher Columbus and eventually abbreviated to St. Kitts. The residents, called Kittitians, speak English with a Caribbean accent. St. Kitts is the larger of the two, spanning 68 square miles. The island covers 23 miles in length and at its widest point five miles across. There are varying terrains that range from semi-arid to rain forest, from flat to nearly impassable. Most of the ... read more
Flowers in the Botanical Gardens at Romney Manor
More Flowers in the Botanical Gardens

OK, it is taking some time to get acclimatized to cruising but I am loving every minute of it. There is just so much to see and do and eat!! If someone, anyone has lost weight on a cruise, they have to be anorexic. The 6 sister + 1 are starting to settle into a good routine of meals, tours, gym time, alone time and taking care of another sister routine. Picture taking has been a challenge as Sister #1 tries to organize us and get the best picture. We did do formal pictures the 2nd night but I think we will give it another try on Friday because no one was completely satisfied with how they looked. Because of the computer systems, I can't upload pics to the blog but Sister #6 has her small ... read more

Time is winding down and I’m already realizing all that I’m going to miss. I’m also realizing how much I have adapted to island life and Caribbean culture. The first time I consciously noticed change was when I was walking to work with Eli and I thought to myself that he was walking faster than usual, but then I realized that my walking pace had, in fact, slowed down. I haven’t worn a watch in almost three months now, it’s such a relief to slow down and not feel the constant pressure of time. Some adaptations happened naturally, others I found more difficult to internalize. Greeting people, for example, is one thing I adapted to right away. Everyone greets each other here with the customary “Good Morning/Afternoon/Night.” This greeting applies across the board, whether you are ... read more

At first I found Kittitian accents difficult to understand. There was quite a few awkward communication break downs. Now, I more or less feel at ease with strong Kittitian accents and have even changed the way I talk to relate to the kids in the neighbourhood... Where she be Where is she? How many years you have? How old are you? For True? For real? Come, let we go Let’s go You vexing me, boy! You’re pissing me off! Don’t study him Don’t pay attention to him You check? You understand? (or, as Rastafarians say: “overstand”) Jiggy Cool It tastes bang It tastes awesome Aint’ it so? Isn’t it true? Whenever Lamonkey thinks I’m saying something that “aint’” true, he’ll holler “Boo!” which means…well I guess ... read more

When a new adventure is before me, I dive in head first. I’ve been swimming in an ocean of new smells, sights and people. Every time I want to surface for breath, I’m distracted and swim deeper still. Now I’ve emerged from the water for a quick breather and I suddenly realize that half my time here is already up. Here are a few images, stories and insights that colour my Caribbean experience so far... Some time ago, I was looking for the boys that hang out on my street. I walked into the narrow alleyway that is lined with shack-like houses to find a group of them putting on a brave attempt to play basketball. These kids are so resourceful; they were playing basketball with a mostly-deflated ball, with one of the littlest kids, Jaquan, ... read more
Lamonkey searching for mangoes

There is an 11 year old boy in our neighbourhood who doesn’t really have a home. I have come to learn that his mother just got out of jail and he stays by a friend or by his uncle's house. He has no shoes, always wears the same shorts and t-shirt, never really speaks, nor smiles. He seems so vacant... hard to explain. Early last week at 12am, I heard a knock on my door. The kid was standing there without explanation. After standing with him outside for half an hour, I ascertained that he was locked out of his friend’s house, didn’t really have anywhere else to go and was not going to school for some reason unbeknown to me. My friend, Miss. J., who was an intern in Barbados last year, told me that ... read more
Goats of St.Kitts, UNITE!
lil' office goat
The stare off

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