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Did you even notice we were gone?

Frankly, wordpress takes forever to upload my pictures so I’m getting a little impatient with blogging. However, because I feel the need to gloat and make you all jealous, I am posting a few little gems from our cruise to the Caribbean.

First up, we stopped at a little island in the Bahamas called Eleuthera. Sounds magical, right? Well, it would have been, except all we saw was the tourist trap portion of the island that is actually owned by Princess Cruises. That’s right, a cruise company actually purchased real estate, and we stopped there. Our day at Eleuthera would have consisted of vegging out on the beach all day (I’m not complaining), but we also booked an excursion for snorkeling. Unfortunately, the snorkeling here was disappointing, to say the least. So if you ever find yourself on the magical island of Eleuthera, try not to pay any extra money and just enjoy the island for what it’s worth. A beautiful beach in the middle of nowhere.

Princess Cays, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Next up was St. Maarten. The island is divided between two nations, France and the Netherlands Antilles. We were on the Netherlands/dutch side. We spent most of the morning shopping, and we spent the afternoon snorkeling in “shipwreck cove”. And yes, there were actual ships at the bottom of the ocean.

Shopping in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten

View of St. Maarten from catamaran

Snorkeling in St. Maarten

Perhaps my favorite part of the cruise was our visit to Magens Bay in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Magens Bay was rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic, and now I know why. It was beautiful, and I would go back to St. Thomas in a heartbeat just visit that beach again.

Magens Bay

View of Magens Bay from above

Charlotte Amalie Scenic Overlook, St. Thomas

The final island stop was to Grand Turk, capital of the Turks & Caicos islands. This was a rather depressing island, but all the people still seem so cheerful. Again, lovely beaches. Grand Turk used to be famous for salt production, but their economy has since been devastated by large salt companies like Morton. Now around 80% of the islands inhabitants work for the tourist industry.

Salt flats on Grand Turk

Swimming at Governor's Beach, Grand Turk

And, last but not least, a picture from our cruise ship.

Cruise Ship

Oh, and Jesus. He guided us to our stateroom every day.


Jealous, much?


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Today is a disgusting day.  I made an incredibly unwise clothing decision this morning and wore a black sweater.  About an hour ago, my glowing tan from Florida started catching up with me.  It started when I looked down at my left shoulder after spending a half hour on the phone and noticed what looked like dandruff.  I gave my hair a little shake and got a little nervous, brushing off my sweater.  You can see where this is going.

It didn’t take long for me to realize it was my skin.  Peeling.  It’s so disgusting.  And how the hell is it getting on top of my black sweater?  I’ll tell you how.  It’s from my EARS.  Oh God, I think I’m going to vomit now.  I have started to panic and my entire body itches.  I can’t stop frantically brushing off my sweater.  I have applied lotion at least 20 times to the only parts of my body that are appropriate while I’m stuck in my office.  

I know, in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t really a big deal.  But honestly, my peeling skin is the most disgusting thing I can imagine at this very moment.  So, in conclusion, wear sunscreen people!

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Back to Reality

Florida was awesome. We did nothing but lay on the beach all day. One thing that was significantly un-awesome was the fact that our flight was delayed 5 hours. So after spending 7 hours in the Milwaukee airport, and another hour waiting at the car rental place in Florida, we arrived at the condo around 4:00 am on Saturday morning. I have just finished drafting a friendly letter to the people at National Car Rental. Seriously. I am one of those people. The good news is that we did finally get our stupid rental car that we reserved months in advance, and it was totally bad-ass. We took several pictures with it.  


kim car

We also watched lots of sunsets, and collected lots of shells.  We gathered around 10 perfectly fragile sand dollars, and then using my poor decision-making skills, I just placed them in the seashell bag with the rest of the big, heavy shells and packed them away.  Luckily for me, 1 out of 10 sand dollars survived the trip. 


It was a little chilly one of the days (and by “chilly” I mean 70 and windy), so we hopped over to Ft. Myers Beach and went through all the little souvenir shops. I developed an obsession with pelicans and tried to find the perfect little pelican statue, but nothing jumped out at me. Instead we ended up with a strange  little crab magnet whose arms and legs flail.

Honestly, I spent most of my time taking pictures of stupid stuff.  Because there are only so many sunset pictures one can stand, right?




In other news, thanks to everyone for their support for my cousin Brianne. I visited her in the hospital last Friday before we left, and I’m going to see her again tomorrow. She had a successful liver transplant on Tuesday and appears to be on her way to a healthy, happy recovery. Our thoughts have also been with the family of the liver donor. The whole thing is just a true miracle and we couldn’t be more thankful.

And finally, Go Brewers!

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