Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Barbados & St Lucia

I started my new job and have been working for my new company for a month now. I will be traveling a lot, and I am currently on my first trip in beautiful San Diego! What a great way to start huh? Ive been here 3 days now, and Im getting pretty excited to go home and see the new hubs. On a quick side note, I can not believe how much CRAP is on TV. I rarely have time for TV, but since my evenings are pretty open now and I dont dare to go out too late once the sun goes down, Ive watched a few hours of TV. BORING. Its either all crime shows, Mitt Romney Vs whoever, and baking shows (which is kind of fun). I got out of the shower last night and had left the TV on and "The Black Swan" or dark swan..whatever, was playing. I literally watched it for 10 min and was terrified. What a dark, crazy movie. My suggestion to any of you havent seen it, dont!!
I am in the heart of down town San Diego and in the CUTEST hotel room ever.
The bedspread on the bed is the exact one I wanted at Crate & Barrel.
I seriously could live in this room. Wanna see what Im looking at right now?
Ok, it doesnt look as pretty from my crappy Iphone, but it is!
I need to get the energy to get out of this room and grab some dinner. Russ bought me 2 containers of mase, so Im good to go.
Back to what I came to blog about. Our honeymoon!
Barbados was pretty. We hopped off the ship and went straight to a beach.
I seriously cant stand it when you are on a beach and have a million people trying to sell you something. We walked along the beach and found a spot that was away from people. We instantly jumped into the ocean.
Within seconds of returning to our towels, we had vendors coming out of the wood works trying to sell us anything and everything..Jet ski tours (which we almost did) bird houses out of coconuts, jewelry, pot...you name it. As soon as one walked away, someone else was right at our feet. SO annoying.
By the end, we couldnt help but just laugh.
Russ and I were facing each other and he could see who was approaching by looking at the reflection in my sunglasses. He could see someone coming so we both pretended like we were sleeping. "Excuse me! Looking at these bird houses!!! New addition, only one left!". That didnt work. So much for relaxing on the beach.

We walked down the beach a ways where it was more crowded and found a yummy place to eat!
I cant remember what it was that we ate, we just asked for the most authentic Barbadian (is that a word?) food and it was DElicious.
There was a lot more people down this way, but less of a chance of being bugged!! Plus, there were cool looking sail boats
Russ took this super awesome picture of this sea turtle! The settings on the camera must have been weird, because we havent altered this photo at all, isnt it pretty cool?
Barbados was cool. I thought the water was really pretty, I enjoyed watching some locals play soccer on the beach and I enjoyed our meal. Overall, I cant say I would jump at the chance to return. I think its hard to really give it chance when you are only there for a day, and you only see one tiny part of what Im sure it has to offer, but the beach vendors were a major turn off to me. Thank goodness I had a handsome man next to me and we could just laugh it off.
Either way, who could complain about warm weather, clear water and seeing a new place?
That night was formal night. Russ had lobster and prime rib, I had ribs.

Every night on the menu there was a "Dija" item, like "did ya". There was frog legs, shark, escargot, and other weird things. Russ of course tried them all. I tried the shark, but I couldnt do the puny frog legs.


St Lucia was kind of a bust. I feel bad too, because its the island Russ was most excited to see.
As soon as we got off the ship, it was total mayhem. All these guides were trying to trap you into their van and take you for a tour of the island. One guy would promise us one thing, another guy would promise another, but they worked for the same company. Anyway, long story short, we told one of the guys that we were happy to see his tour, but all we wanted to do was end up at a beach. He said ok, so we hopped in with 5 other couples.
The plan was to hit his stops and then end up at the beach and we would pay him. We were supposed to stop at a banana plantation, a water fall, hot pots, and a few other places.
But what really happened, was he would speed past a banana plantation and tell us all to look out the window.
And then he would take us to MORE street vendors.
Isnt it beautiful though?

I got to hold this cute kitten while the others were shopping
In the end, our "tour" ended up being us driving for almost 6 hours around the island. I got SO so car sick. It was long, windy, narrow roads and a bunch of tour vans trying to pass each other
So the tour itself was like $40 each, and then every time he stopped, you had to pay even more to get in to where ever he was stopping.
Here we were at the hot pots. Russ and I thought it sounded crazy to pay another $30 for 5 bucks to see hot pots. Plus, being extremely car sick, the last think you want to smell, is sulphur.
So we sat on the side of the road and ate pretzels trying to calm are bellies.
We got back in the van and everyone was SO mad. They thought it was a waste of time and money. Our driver told us he was going to now take us to a beautiful waterfall. We pulled up to the waterfall and he wanted to charge us all again to get in and he was just going to drive us around.
By now, everyone was really ticked and thats when the fight started.
The driver told us it was time to start driving back to the dock and then everyone REALLY got mad.
An hour and a half later he pulls up at the ship and everyone got on the street and started fighting. Russ and I just sat back and watched and wanted out of there, but the others were telling us not to pay him because he just charged us all to drive around the island for 6 hours, no food, no drinks included, and no beach! So after like a half an hour of fighting on the street and gathering a scene, we paid him and left.
So poor Russ, didnt really get to see much of the island except in the back of a carsick van.
As soon as we got back on the ship, we of course ran straight for the pizza and enjoyed the beautiful sunset!

We sure had fun that night! We enjoyed playing games on board and of course...eating! Check out this gourmet burger!

Speaking of food, I should go get some!

1 comment:

  1. Chels... that story sucks! You guys are nice to pay him... there is NO WAY I would have paid a guy who lied to us the whole time. What a jack ass! Oh well, you guys just have an excuse to go back now.