Last day on Cayman Brac
Cayman Brac Travel Blog› entry 6 of 7 › view all entries
January 8th, 2008 – by: smhirsch
We started off, once again, in the one place that was sheltered enough to be able to snorkel comfortably, where the dock blocked the waves. Our last day on Cayman Brac was also the calmest as far as the wind and water go, and it was also the best snorkeling of the week. There were definitely more fish than there had been just one day earlier, which was most likely due to the fact that the waves had calmed and the water was very clear.
After around an hour, we headed back over to the Brac Reef Resort to relax on the beach (still empty). Soon after we showed up and settled in, one of the guys (named BJ) from the Reef Divers diving company came over to us and started up a conversation.
- What citizenship do Caymanians have? (They are citizens of the Cayman Islands but their passports also count as passports from the UK...although BJ has US citizenship on top of that, due to the fact that his mother is from California.
- Does the Cayman Islands accept pounds? (NO, they only accept Caymanian money and USD.)
- How do the insanely large hermit crabs up on the bluff, 140ft above the water, get their huge shells? (They mate in the water every year, so they come down...apparently they climb down from the bluff to mate in the water, get new shells, and then head back up.)
- What do hermit crabs eat? (According to BJ, they eat anything...even new born kittens...so if you're ever in the Cayman Islands and see some cats walking around without tails or missing legs, it's because hermit crabs got to them as kittens.)
- Where do people from Cayman Brac go to college, if they do? (Grand Cayman has a university, but the majority either go to the US or get degrees online.)
"English is spoken on all three islands. Dialect and intonations used by Caymanians have puzzled some linguists but you'll have no difficulty communicating with them. Their speech is a mixture of American Southern drawl and the English slur with a Scottish lilt to end a statement, all combined to fall charmingly on the ears.
It's an awesome accent to listen to, and completely understandable, too. We definitely didn't mind talking with him. So yeah, that's what we did for like five hours...and the sunset that evening was AMAZING so my parents didn't mind staying around while my sister and I hung out with BJ. After the sunset, we went back to our house, packed up all of our stuff and then went to bed, so we could wake up bright and early to jump on the little plane back to Grand Cayman.
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