Friday, April 3, 2009

The Beach!

A day off! The current volunteers planned a day for them and us; trainees, to see a new part of the island, get to know each other and spend a day at the beach! How is it that we’ve been on a tropical island for almost a month and not to the beach yet? I don’t think so. We were lucky enough to have a bus for the day so we didn’t have to worry about individual busses back to our villages. Some leave town as early at 1pm. Businesses on the weekends are limited; they tend to be ½ day on Saturday and closed on Sundays. Our trip was up the west coast of the island to the village of Portsmouth. This area possesses the most hotels on the island. The beaches are sandy and waters calm. We spent the day swimming, sunbathing, playing Frisbee, swinging (pictured) and well…liming. There was a nice beachside restaurant/bar near us which we got drinks and lunch at. There were a handful of us with lobster red skin as we departed- but they wore sunscreen, they swear! We took our time to slowly come down the island. The driver stopped to get himself plantain and codfish (a local favorite). He showed us bars along the way and another beach where we got out, got refreshments and watched the sun going down. As we reached town volunteers got out and grabbed their busses. It was the first night I saw the sunset over the Caribbean Sea as a fellow trainee and I got chauffeured back up the island to the east side. It was dark when I reached home. I had a full day! That was something new to me – it was nice to be busy the entire day, come home and crash. I felt refreshed, tan and wonderful.

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