Tavel: St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

've been in the USVI for about two days now, and the sun feels so good. Everyone I meet jokes that everyone on the islands now are from Michigan or Minnesota running from the snow and cold and they think its hilarious and crazy that I love the snow and cold, but that's okay. Cause ill think they are crazy for living somewhere that is always warm and sundresses are a constant not a season outfit. 

First I should say to always try and talk to your neighbors in the plane. I lucked out where I was sitting (thanks mom and dad) and had plenty of room to spread out and get comfy and have a cocktail with my wonderful neighbor. his women was just enough artsy a nd perky/happy an d we hit it off great. She was from the northeast, boston I believe, but has spent long periods of time on St Thomas over the last several years. She is contemplating moving here, but wanted to see the island in the worst weather, hurricane season, before deciding on that. She gave me some fun reccomendattions and really got my vacation mind started right, 

Anyway, its been great so far.. I'm sure ill forget something but here's a few things that I did..  After landing I hopped in the 12passanger taxi and made my way to the Tillett Gardens here I was staying at Rhoda's Guest House (check it out if you are staying in the area- very nice hostel/guest house). Note on driving around here... The roads are narrow, you drive on the right side of the car on the left side of the road. Everywhere is mountainous and steep so you 'zig zag' everywhere (just imagine 3 way stops with an angle on one that almost every van has to try and make it around but usually ends up backing up to finish the turn or making another car back up).

stayed at Rhoda's and ate in the gardens there, met a few nice locals and the owners of the guest house. Wonderful evening and early to bed with the traveling. Friday morning I was up and moving for a day of exploring, and some homework. I hopped into a Safari taxi and decided to go to Charollette Amalie for the morning. There's safaris, I'll post a photo as well, are like pickup trucks with benches and an awning, and cost $2 dollars to ride. You can hop on and stay for a big figure 8 loop around the island, or stop just down the street...but pushing a doorbell buttoning the ceiling. When you are done doing whatever it is you are doing, just stand on the side of the road and one will stop just long enough for you to hop in and sit down. (I recommend not walking anywhere, other people told me that first, but there is absolutely no shoulder and just enough room for 2 cars to wiz around corners on the side of mountains). This is really a great wray to get around though, and meeting locals that are along as well. 

Onece there in C.A. (Mre tourist are,a, with cruise hails docking there too) I enjoyed breakfast and fresh lemonade, walked around some of the shops (Duty free everything, lots of Jewlewry. Caldwells or something like that was recommended by a fantastic lady in the plane). I was able to visit the second oldest synagog in northern American.. Think I have my history right... And it has a sand floor. It 'twas up a steep little residential street and was uunderstatedly beautiful. So glad I took the time to explore there. Once I was done with my tourist spots, I got back on the safari and went to Sapphire Beach, there is a marine and resort Ike condos, but public access to beautiful blue waters as well. After a brief little rainstorm it was beach time for me, where I was able to get some painting done. At this pint I was pretty wiped from so much sunlight and playing tourist that I was ready sit and relax. After just a bit of time there I got back on the Shafari and returned to Rhoda's. an uneventful night in a good way..did some journaling for my Living Life Well course and met my new local friend, Bruce, for dinner and drinks in the Garden.

his morning I got a last minute ride into Red Hook, and am now waiting on the Liberty Star and few to get in!!  The Cooks arrive later this afternoon, and Monday we will be off the docks for our week of sailing. 

I'm writting from my ipad, so please excuse any typos or shorthand mistakes. I ll try and get some photos posted as well, ut they may be disconnected from the rest of the post. Enjoy...and I will get more on my Instagram (see Conmect on this site) if there is service/wifi throughout the ret of the week. KC

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Safari taxi

Safari taxi

artwork in my bunk room

artwork in my bunk room

homework time

homework time

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BBQ lunch view before heading to the beach

BBQ lunch view before heading to the beach

there's so much more to post, but this is what I can do right now.. have to head down and check on when the slip will be open! :)