Omg omg omg This was the best day ever, by far! We boarded our tour bus and enjoyed our ride to the beach (first stop beach, second stop segway). And although I forgot my memory card in my laptop and couldn’t take pics of the beach (DOH!), all hope was not lost (see later for details).
The stop at the beach was short but sweet – beautiful turquoise and clear water, soft white sand…very nice relaxing pre-Segway break. 🙂 Back on the bus, and more touring the island – our tour guide Elridge Jones was just hilarious. Then we stopped at a remote location in north-eastern Barbados in the parish of St. Lucy and met up with our team of 3 Segway experts. We got to strap on knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet, then got a quick intro on how to operate our Segway, then we were off! And it was AWESOME!!! Chris and I took to them very quickly – it felt really natural. We got to see the natural side of Barbados and various coves along the northern end of the island…it was gorgeous! We got to zip around paths, up hills, down hills, gliding all over the place – just fantastic! We were given bottles of water at the beginning and a slice of banana bread at the end. Now – about the camera issue. One of the guides (Ray) asked us if we wanted our picture taken and we explained the story of my forgetting the memory card in my laptop…he actually went over to the owner (who happened to be on the tour with us) and he offered to take some pics for us – how awesome is that!!!! We gave him our email address at the end of the tour and he’s supposed to send them to us. Very cool!
EDIT: The pics arrived – see below!
Me, laughing my head off, as usual... 🙂
The whole tour was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone going to Barbados. On the way back to the boat, we drove by the “touristy” side of the island along the coast and saw all the resorts. We passed by Oprah’s place, Richard Branson’s (the Virgin guy) and Simon Cowell’s – all were huge, not surprisingly. Rihanna also has a home here but it was further inland. Tiger “Cheetah” Woods got married there. The tour bus guide was really funny… The entire tour was awesome. We got back to the ship, showered and got ready for dinner (casual night).
Dinner – we started another bottle of wine (kept the other half for tomorrow). For starters, I had the chicken quesadilla and Chris had the sushi.
My chicken quesadilla - came with salsa, sour cream and guacamole
Chris' sushi: seared tuna, salmon, mussel and marinated seafood
For our entrees, Chris had the jerked pork loin and I had the braised short ribs.
My short ribs with fried rice, garlic crispy green beans and sesame eggplant. Chris dug into his pork loin too quickly so I couldn't take a photo
Dessert was funny – I had the warm melting chocolate cake. Chris was torn between the warm fig, date and cinnamon cake served with rum raisin ice cream and the strawberry cheesecake. The waiter just told him to have both, which he did. 🙂 Decaf cappuccino for me, regular cappuccino for him.
Warm melting chocolate cake
Warm fig, date and cinnamon cake
During dinner, we talked about how much we enjoyed the segway tour and how the “active” part of it was a lot of fun. Tomorrow’s excursion is the 4×4 tour and beach getaway in St. Lucia, then ziplining in St Kitts. For St Maarten, we had planned a beach day and village tour but we decided to review the offerings to see if there was something we would prefer doing and guess what – we switched our tour for the America’s Cup Regatta! Here’s the description: Experience the thrill of racing the famous 12-metre race boats Stars & Stripes, Canada II, and True North. You’ll have the opportunity to compete in your own race around a shortened America’s Cup course. The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest continuously contested trophy in sports, and a symbol of excellence and national achievement. You will participate in one of the most exclusive sporting events in the world as you grind the winch, trim the sails or take the helm to help lead your crew to victory. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where no experience is necessary. How cool does that sound?! 🙂
After dinner, we arranged the excursion swap, then we enjoyed the Marriage show (like a newlywed game), then a really funny juggler (Victor Zuniga), then a comedian (Percy Crews II). Off to bed!
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