|Enough with the crowds!|
Sunday & Monday
This has never happened to us before with only one week on the island, but we have reached that happy point where the days are blending together. Usually at this stage in our vacation we would be saying to ourselves, "only one more full day, last chance to go to Shoal Bay East, last chance to lime at Gwen's, etc" but with the luxury of a second week on Anguilla we're able to postpone that kind of thinking, at least for a while. And so yes, our days blend almost seamlessly from one into the other.
|At Veya Cafe for breakfast|
|Looks refreshing, no?|
|Not a bad dinner backdrop|
On Monday, we started our day eating breakfast in and chatting with Vandra again before packing up a bag to take to the beach. DH chose Gwen's as our spot for the day, but before we headed there we stopped at the smoothie place, which was open--yay! We shared a Very Berry smoothie with raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry and it was very tasty and refreshing. $6 each, but there is an option to add a shot of rum for an additional dollar. Maybe we'll do that one day when we're on the way home. I know you can't sit on the beach and drink all day if you don't get an early start, but apparently I'm just not hard core enough to want rum in the morning. We all have our little issues, I guess. Anyway, while sitting & sipping, a man named Darryl introduced himself and we got to chatting. He's the owner of Real Deal, the winning boat from the Anguilla Day races where he set an island record for circumnavigating AND where the second place boat was fourteen minutes behind him. He's also a cook at Mango's and we marveled at him that he could go in to work at 4:00am for food preps, be out on the water racing all day 10:00-4:00, then go back to work for the evening. We told him we admired his preps and cooking very much, as we were staying right next door to the restaurant and intended to go back again before our stay was out. Just one of the many reasons I love Anguilla--striking up conversations with total strangers and sharing stories and making small connections.
|Waiting for lunch at Gwen's|
|I know, right? Pretty shabby!|
|Upper Shoal Bay + Hammock + Breeze = Perfection!|
|The obligatory feet-in-hammock shot|
We had originally planned to call Straw Hat for a dinner reservation that night but neither one of us felt particularly peckish when we got back, so we opted to eat leftovers at Caribella instead. DH improvised a pad thai with spaghetti that was actually quite good and more than passable while I opted to reheat my cheese pizza from Smokey's on Saturday. His was better, but my pizza was improved by the addition of a little basil and some crushed red pepper. We shared a Presidente, watched the sunset, cleaned up together, and then retired to watch another movie: Death at a Funeral. We had already seen the original British version and hadn't especially loved it, but we were willing to give this one a try based on a friend's recommendation. It had its moments--Peter Dinklage is always good, of course, and it was funny enough to see Chris Rock playing the straight man, but drug/potty humor can only go so far. And while I understand that it would be shocking to discover at his funeral that your father was actually a closeted gay man, I don't feel that it would be (and, particularly, should be,) something one could be blackmailed for. Too bad Hollywood doesn't see it that way. But I digress.
|Caribella: the master bedroom|
|Caribella: Our kitchen|