5/25/07 - 5/26/07 0 °F
Well today is our last day here. We just bought some treats to share at home. Soon we'll be heading off to Paradise Island for Cabbage Beach and lunch and then it's off to the airport..........
We DID go snorkeling yesterday (the 25th), but it was no easy feat for me. The water was very choppy. We were there with about 30 others, which was a new one for us. (The last time we snorkeled it was in Mexico and Jorge motored the two of us to the site in a small boat). This time it was fun to experience the "oohs" and "ahhs" with the others. There were 3 sites that we went to. By the 2nd I was incredibly nauseas! I came out of the 2nd site, ready to vomit. There were others also -so at least I wasn't alone!
Steve got to go to the 3rd sites - he experienced sharks! I totally would have done that. We had no idea that they fed the sharks - I might have given the whole thing a miss had I known (that dang social conscience!) I just don't like the idea of meddling with the ecosystem. Still, Steve said one of the sharks bumped him. They were about 5-8 feet long! And there were at least 20-30 of them. WOWZA!
When I was in there we floated along with some really cool fish and saw a wrecked aircraft down there (evidently it was used in the last Jaws movie) - hopefully the photos came out. I got a nice one of Steve making his way down to the wreck.
It was cool here, but the fish were not as amazing as they are in the South Pacific.
All in all it was worth it. So we get a shuttle back into town and the driver was a total hoot! The others on the shuttle were a group of 20somethings from Texas and they were fun. So the guy takes us through the ghetto. Was that decrepit! Being interested in culture as I am, I found it very interesting. The guy starts showing us photos of his little daughter. Apparently, everyone knows him, because he's in the most popular band in the Bahamas - so everyone was hollering and waving as we went by. We were the last to get dropped off. We'd learn that the Mignon Guest House was a mere three blocks away from the "hood". Incidentally, we were the only passengers to tip the guy and we were staying in the most inexpensive place by far.
Lonely Planet suggested the Bahamian Kitchen for a good dinner on a budget. They have never steered us wrong. It was around the corner from where we stayed, which was only over a hill from the ghetto. I can tell you this now, but it is very unsafe here at night - which is why we took the short ride over the Paradise Island each day. There are drunk/high men hanging out on the street. We ignored them and cautiously went on our way. The bouncer outside the bar by the Bahamian Kitchen was dressed in paramilitary garb and was HUGE. No games here. Everything is locked up tight! So it has been a very interesting exercise in cultural exploration for us. The Bahamian Kitchen was a delight. We got traditional food, including "peas and rice" and corn. The place was a real bargain. The portions were large and the price was right! And it was quiet.....waaaay out of the way for the resort-goers to venture over to this place.
There are a lot of opposites here. There are men who work, and men who don't. And there are A LOT of men hanging around drinking or drugged out hanging out on just about every street.
So I guess you could say we've seen a very real side of things, as well as the island paradise geared to us tourists. We'll have to tell more when we return as the meter is running low. We're off to Paradise now before we leave this evening. (We later discovered that all our wandering around the Atlantis was off limits to non-Atlantis patrons). Little did we know! On the weekend (our last day there), there is staff blocking off all the places we wandered by the day before, including "The Dig" which requires a $30 per person ticket! We didn't see any signs or anything, so we enjoyed it all for free, but not on a weekend.....Here I am at the Atlantis.
It's been an interesting and romantic excursion for us and the ocean and beaches here are breathtaking. We both adore the ocean, and that has been a real treat. We spent our last moments here in the Bahamas taking in the serenity and romance of the Caribbean ocean.
We'll be home around midnight.
PS - The pirates museum was fun!
SOOOOOO glad the girls are happy - we miss them terribly.