Hello everyone. This week is yet another on the road blog, so it will be quick. Today I am writing from the hotel business center just before my flight back to NYC. Location? The glorious island of St. Lucia! technically it was my birthday trip, but it was more of a life celebration in general. Interestingly enough, I didn't actually decide on a place to go until the DAY before we were about to leave ( me and Ashleigh are both super last minute). We were torn between so many different places this time for some reason. Also, when I looked into places in the Caribbean, the weather was looking pretty bleak for the days we'd be there. Alas, we decided to just risk it and take a chance. Another friend of ours came here for her birthday about 2 weeks before. She loved it, so we decided to try it out (and she even came back with us)! Best decision ever!
So first off, I now have a clearer concept of what weather in the Caribbean is like. It may say it will rain in the forecast, but what they really mean is it will rain really hard for 5 minutes, and then be super sunny for another few hours. It's mostly a blend of off and on rain, so it won't just be all super depressing, nor 24/7 sunshine and sweltering heat. Also, I've come to find out that partying in the rain is actually really freakin' fun! Especially when you are on a night time party boat cruise around the northern tip of the island. Advice though, don't try to be too cute. Your makeup will be a mess, and my hair was definitely frizzy the entire time. A head scarf was my saving grace.
The island of St. Lucia is fairly small in comparison to certain other countries of the world. The international airport is in the south, but we all stayed in the north. I believe it takes about 2 hours to get from end to end. So not as much driving as Costa Rica, but some. We stayed in Gros Islet (Rodney Bay), and mostly everything we wanted to do was within walking distance or a 10-minute drive. The scenery is stunning though, so the drives won't be boring. I just found out that a lot of movies were filmed here too (Pirates of the Caribbean for one). It's extremely mountainous, so there are a lot of twists and turns. Oh yea, and people drive on the left side (which still kinda freaks me out)!
One of the main reasons I love this place so much though is because of the awesome people. From the moment we got off of the plane and started asking everyone we met what there was to do, we were told about the weekly Friday street party. Everyone we talked to the ENTIRE time asked us if we were gonna go to the street party. They were really hyping it up! When went out the first night and met so many folks. St. Lucians are honestly some of the friendliest darn people I've ever met. The next day when we made it to the street party, I saw so many people I recognized from around town, I felt like the man in the streets! But seriously though, every single Friday night in a certain Gros Islet they have this crazy party with huge speakers, street dancing, spiced rum (soooo much spiced rum), and really good food at the one place called "Duke's" (I honestly had a dream about their grilled barracuda with garlic butter rice, and we went back a second night). Overall, a very good party with extremly friendly people everywhere.
This was probably the best trip I've been on so far. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but everything just worked out so perfectly from start to finish. Even the people I went on the trip with just meshed together so well. Back in NYC this past month was a pure whirlwind, for a number of reasons. I'm really glad I got the opportunity to escape for a bit. It was just what I needed. Sometimes, vacations can seem so busy with itineraries and schedules. We tend to try and do as many things as possible in such a short amount of time, to the point where we're stressing out more than we're relaxing. It's important to remember that you are getting away to rejuvenate. Don't let anything else get in the way of that. The simple warmth of the sun, and cool touch if the sea should be a natural invigoration. Going away really helps me take the time to reset. This was the perfect place.
P.s. More pictures to come (I took hundreds), but out of town blogging is really a struggle. I really have to figure out a better way to mobile blog.
P.p.s. I also went snorkeling for the first time ever on this trip! I need to write a whole post about that in itself.
P.p.p.s. We were originally supposed to come back Sunday (hence the late post), but we just loved it so much, we stayed an extra day!