Greetings from the Caribbean!! YES, the Caribbean...ahh, the only thing constant in my life is truly change...my trip to Thailand was postponed last minute due to civil unrest and suddenly I found myself here - in the Caribbean! :-) Long story...
So, here I am in St. Thomas - in awe of the beauty - and of the greenery...who knew that the US had it's own tropical paradise?!?! And, wow, does it ever!
Today I started my day with my feet in the water - at the heart shaped inlet of Magen's Bay... did a few yoga poses - watched the waves come plopping in...really lovely - I had sand on my feet all d ay long - fun!
The energy was wonderful at the beach - it was very early in the morning and there were a lot of people doing their morning exercise - some swimming, some walking on the beach, some jogging - all of them taking in the beauty.
Here i n St. Thomas, it is a really nice mix of Natives and transplants from the mainland...I am always asking people what they love about the island - to see if I *might* enjoy living here...they all say they love it - and to be aware of 'island fever' - and when it sets in, you just leave for a short period of time - and instantly, you are grateful for where you live - I guess that could be said about any place, really.
The East side is probably my favorite, people wise - it has great energy - lots of music, greenery and happy people...pretty crowded (the island is very small and everyone wants to live here!) The North side...oh, the North side - I found a few farms and picked a few mangoes...shhh...oh my, I could get used to that.
Most of the farms on St. Thomas are on the North side because it is considered the 'rainy' side. Here is a picture of a mango tree - and then of course, my treasure from the tree!! These mangoes are interesting as they are a combo of Champagne and Tommy Atkin's mangoes- the juice was fabulously yummy!
I was greeted by a super cute little iguana today - I was trying to get a closer shot and everytime he scurried off a little faster - if you click on it, it might enlarge....
It is VERY hilly here – some crazy cliffs. I rather enjoy driving on the other side of the road, too – only a few mishaps – all in parking lots prior to be fully engaged in driving…One gal said to me, 'just remember Beyonce's song - to the left, to the left!'
I have to say – it is really a nice balance of mainland USA and 3rd world country here. Here, you get the best of both worlds (other than the high prices). For instance, mail, $$, cell phones, grocery, etc…it is all the same as on the mainland. There is 3rd world feel in some respects (shacks, potholes and poverty) – but it balances out with all of the major pluses. It is like smushing (technical term) an entire city into 13 miles – you would get a mix of everything – we just like to spread out on the mainland so we don’t ‘see’ all that really goes on in a city!
I am heading to St. John - then Tortola (British) and then....St. Croix - very excited about all - and especially the latter as I found they have a raw food community and are VERY into farming -
Hugs and love!