When we got off the boat, Nathan somehow got sucked into talking to a local vendor immediately even though I told him the "no eye contact-no slowing down and definitely don't smile at them" rule. Actually I do know how he got sucked in the more I think about it-the guy had goods that Nathan was interested in. No, not that. Although he did tell us where we could buy that if interested. He was offering a scooter rental. Nathan looked giddy at the idea. Nathan rarely does giddy so I could not say no. Ok, let's do it! So we ditched our plans and rented a scooter for the day.
The pros were we got to zip around the island on a scooter and we got to see the entire island. And truly that was a huge pro. It made for a pretty incredible experience!
Speaking of views, when you are short and sit behind someone on a scooter you can only see things like an infant in a car. By looking directly up, or seeing it as it passes by quickly on your side view. So at some point I asked if we could stop and get my camera out to use. I then held that out over Nathan while we zoomed around and snapped away. I had no idea what I was shooting but it was so cool when I got home and looked at what was on those shots. I could see why Nathan found the scooter thing so much more exciting than I did. I am getting my own scooter next time! Because seriously, how great is this view?
Stuart's Cove and put the camera away and ate lunch there. I got to chat with the lady who cooked our lunch. She is from Haiti and we talked about our kids. We chatted like Moms everywhere can and beamed with pride over our babies. She had two girls and two boys so we were close in numbers and genders. Her kids were roughly the same age as ours. She was facing empty nest syndrome too. She told me that she came to Nassau to send her son to one of the schools there. She liked it ok there but she missed her family including other kids back home. I told her I understood that all too well. She said Haiti more like "Aiti" so it took me a minute to figure out what she meant. She was the deepest brown that contrasted her whitest teeth and she had the most beautiful smile that reached all the way to her eyes. I wanted to hug her goodbye by the time our food was ready and we left to go eat. She was awesome.
This encounter made the entire day worth it to me. I live for experiences like that. It is what I take from every place we visit and they all become a part of me in some way and change who I am because I realize each time how alike we all are in some way. It is good stuff. Oh, and get the fish sandwich if you eat there. It was incredible!
This was a super day and left us so tired that we actually took a nap when we got back to the ship. Which is a good thing because we had tons of fun left for the night and since we did nap we stayed up really late to enjoy it!