Archive for cayman

the Liberty of the Seas makes a delivery

the Liberty of the Seas dropped off an extra special package for me port side – my sister and brother-in-law, yip yip! they were on a cruise celebrating 5 years of love and spent one day in cayman. having just one day to show off this tiny rock i’ve been calling home is pretty daunting. i channeled my shawna-sized organizational skills and decided a jet ski safari would be the best – and most efficient! – use of the day.

when you visit, we WILL be doing this tour. it was super personalized, adventurous and fun. gordon is THE best tour guide on the island. he runs the tour with just one other guy and their enthusiasm alone made the tour for me. it was such a cool way to see tourist spots that i’ve been to a handful of times before…made brand new by arriving via jet ski. we went to sting ray city, rum point, starfish point and rode through a little canal to see the most gigantic iguanas i’ve seen here yet. gordon promised me a CD of all the photos he took, but we haven’t been able to meet up so far. here are a few photos i took of the day:

they only fell off once...ok twice

oh lookie what we found!

starfish point from the ski

good morning rum point!

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signs of an active lifestyle

in my case, these signs are sunburn and a lung full of sea water.

yesterday the sailing club had an open house with free rentals and mini-lessons of sailing and windsurfing. janine, juergen and i got there just in time for the windsurfing lesson. some of us (ahem, not me) were more quick to pick it up than others. i stood up on the board and promptly (yet gracefully?) fell off 3 times. the third time i slipped under an incoming sailboat so i called it quits after that and resigned myself to videographer.

for videos of juergen and janine surfing like pros and videos of me falling like a champion, check out saagar’s Flickr page

juergen trying to catch some wind, dude

no fair, janine. you've done this before

happy sailors

america fix

i am annoyed with myself at how sparse my posts have been. how will i ever convince you that i live in a better place than you if i don’t accurately document it?

i just have a few things to share to catch you up. but of course, i have limited to no photos, so this might not be the most interesting post (note to self: you ALWAYS have a camera on you. take a photo or two, you lazy B!)

at the beginning of april, saagar and i trekked to boston to visit vivek and megha. it was my first trip back to the homeland since the move and i was seriously craving america. i was so high on thoughts of cooler weather, micro-brews, live music, culture and public transportation. seriously. little miss germo-phobe was antsy at the thought of riding the rail with hundreds of sneezy, grimy americans. also it was the first trip saagar and i have actually taken together, which is pretty weird and long overdue, if you ask me.

in a nutshell, boston is seriously great. i got some super tips on what to see (and what to skip! so important!) from some of my guests at the restaurant, from my trusty pal yelp (yes, everyone knows i don’t go anywhere without checking it first) and from miss lindsay (who is expecting their bambino to arrive any day now, sending you good thoughts, my dear!). we only had one full day in boston, but we were really pleased with how much we accomplished without feeling overwhelmed. culture was high on our list of things to do since we’re sort of starved of it here and boston didn’t disappoint. we watched the seals play at the new england aquarium – they have viewing tanks that are free to the public, walked a bit of the freedom trail, got some chowdah at faneuil hall, saw the Boston Symphony Orchestra from about 10 rows back (for $20!), checked out the ‘secrets of the tomb’ exhibit at the museum of fine arts…what else…got a tip about a bar that looks out over Fenway so we sipped beers while staring at home plate…ate ethiopian food (not my fave, turns out, but everyone else loved it)…went to the gap, because hey, it’s america…hung out and had some beers at a bar in harvard square to feel more smarter…and had dinner at this fantastic seafood place in the north end called the daily catch where we were so close to the chef that we had a conversation with him while he cooked our dinner. i did actually snag a picture of that – no pics of us, but took some of the food. typical.

looks like worms, tastes like heaven

we rented a car and drove up to connecticut for the weekend to see my family. we stayed with my aunt and uncle and met the newest little cousin, zach, who succeeded in reminding me that i am nowhere near ready to have a family. thanks zach! we went on an awesome hike with my cousin gerry who will hopefully be moving to cayman this winter. i’m so so trendy like that 😉

overall, it was just such an awesome mini getaway. i got my uncle sam fix, but was happy to step off the plane and back into the sunshine. it’s getting humid here, though, so i won’t be able to brag for too much longer.

i have more to write about soon! spoiler alert: diver certification class and a brand new job!!

finally, a huge congratulations to two of my very favorite couples – mike & meghan and jess & steve on their recent engagements. i love you all and am bursting with happiness for you. can’t wait to celebrate in person!

here fishy, fishy

saagar’s been doing some sport fishing with our pal ruardt. yesterday he caught his first tarpon! look at that grin (on the fish, i mean).

fish are friends, not food

english lesson #305

i need to start keeping track of the “english lessons” i “teach” at the restaurant. i will begin with #305 because i’m quite certain between all of the, ‘what is your word for…?’ and ‘can i say it like this’ questions, i’m sure there have been 304 answers up until now.

the other day i used the word ‘facetious’ at work – i should have known better. not that i have a large vocabulary by any means, but i dumb it down a little to avoid having to repeat myself or explain something a million times. but i used it in front of my namibian buddy and he has the most extensive english vocabulary out of anyone there, so i didn’t really think about it. a guy from slovenia (felice, i’m winking in your direction) overheard and asked a bunch of questions:

‘facetious – what that means?’
‘umm…like, i was being funny. kidding around, you know?’
‘spell it please’
(i write it down in my server book)
‘ohh, like scrumptious!’
‘well, i mean it’s spelled the same. but you understand they have totally different meanings, right?’
he pays no attention and delivers these little gems
‘scrumptch! i’m going to scrrrrumptch you tonight!’
i of course am laughing hysterically already...’you can’t say that, that’s not a thing.’
and with a wonderfully innocent look on his face ‘…to eat you nicely it means, right?’

no. no, it doesn’t. but please don’t let that stop you from using it that way. because that is amazing.