My kidnappers are staying at Amora on STJ. So nice!! What a view!!! Jay is on his way so we have the Carib chillin'!!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A friend of ours loaned us his copy of the Unofficial Driver's Manual of the Virgin Islands when Silvia was studying for her drivers license. This book is absolutely hilarious. It contains all the unofficial "rules of the road" in the Virgin Islands. It's a work of fiction and for entertainment purposes only of course, but cracked me up because it's so true!! I'll have to find out more about the author and whether you can obtain a copy or if it was just written for fun and given out only to friends.
I've always said that the traffic laws here are regarded as suggestions and not laws. No speed limits, no turn signals, no stopping at stop signs, stopping in the middle of the road to talk or pick someone up is perfectly acceptable, parking anywhere regardless of signs. You name it. Just don't talk on your cell phone while driving. They take that one seriously. I know from experience!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I come from a state were road construction is insane. Normally you tear down one mountain to fill in a valley to build a road and I have seen four lane highways take shape faster than that. This is a half mile long two lane road. The biggest part of the project is the box culvert that will feed the rainwater, run off and god knows what else into the Ocean. This intersection is in the heart of the Cruise Ship and shopping areas for St Thomas and the closure comes at the peak of high season. Some times you just have to shrug it off here and go have a beer because god knows you can't change these things.
Here is an additional article in the other paper. The local businesses are not very happy about the traffic pattern.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I helped a friend move out of an apartment yesterday that had the best view! It's overlooking Magens Bay with the BVIs in the background. Absolutely beautiful! It's in the St. Peter area (by the Great House) which is really nice. Two bedroom, one bath, deck, parking, unfurnished... $1200 a month.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Well after almost one year on the job I finally got my own office. One of my coworkers left for another job (which means there will be another job posting soon) so I was able to move out if the cubicle I've been in since I came here. We were sad to see her leave but I'm glad to have my own space.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It's a beautiful day (finally after the cloud cover burned off) so we decided to head over to St. John. Too late in the day for a beach day, so we stopped by Quiet Mon on the way to the Beach Bar for some Sunday Jazz and to meet up with Ruth and Ron from St. John Spice. :-)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We had a fish fry yesterday at the university and they fixed johnny cakes to go with the fish. They are so good!! It's basically a sweet dough, rolled out to about 4 inches, and deep fried. Yum! They sell them here at all the street fairs or any kind of event that has food vendors.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Well, we decided to stop by Hook Line Sinker for their Sunday brunch after our dive with Admiralty. Yummy!
It's been raining on and off all morning and there was a little bit of chop out so Admiralty decided between the chop and some inexperienced divers, they would take us to Flat Key and Easy Key. It's better protected than some of the other sites so it would be easier on everyone. There is a really nice reef there, lots of coral and fish. We also saw a turtle, a lobster and a small eel. I tried out a new BCD since I'm not real happy with mine and it worked out pretty good so I need to decide if i'm buying it or not. I also want to get some different fins. I have some trouble getting mine off if there is any chop at all so I need to get ones that slip on vs the ones with a strap and booties. I hate spending money on more gear since we don't go very often but maybe that will give me a reason to start going more often!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
We spent the day at Trunk Bay. It was gorgeous and not that crowded. Of corse there is no AT&T coverage there so I couldn't do live posts. We are on the car ferry back to STT so I finally have Internet and can do a post. It was a lovely day and tomorrow we have a dive scheduled with Admiralty Dive Shop.
For those of you that don't know, Trunk Bay has a deal that you can buy a family pass for $15 that is good for one year. The cost to get in normally is $4 per person. So as a couple, if you plan on going to Trunk at least twice, it's a better deal to get the pass and then you can go as many times as you want. If you're a family, then it's even a better deal. They have a nice shower facility so even if you go to one of the other beaches you could hit Trunk at the end of each day for a quick dip and a shower. Can't beat that!!
We're taking the car ferry over to St. John for the day! Yea! We're going with Silvia, her mom and a friend who are in visiting. There are three barges running again so no waiting at all. It was so nice to just drive right up to the ferry and leave in just a few minutes. Last time we took the car ferry over there was just one running and it took forever ( remember Mike having his own little party in the parking lot? :-)
Stay tuned for updated from St. John!!!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Well, I guess I've really been slacking lately with my posts. I'm at
the end of my two week break and I didn't get anything done that I
wanted to. The weather hasn't really cooperated for any new beach pics
so I'm reusing an old one from Jost Van Dyke.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Silvia brought me back some great gifts from Croatia. Some Italian
coconut almond treats, hot chocolate, spices and other goodies as you
can see. It was so sweet of her to do that. I saw pictures on her
facebook of her eating the hot chocolate and it looked wonderful. It
looks more like pudding than a drink. I had to use google translator
to be able to read the directions and the translation was pretty funny.