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St. Kitts!
"Goooooooooood morning ladies and gentlemen.  We have reached the island of St. Kitts and are now awaiting clearance from customs.  Shortly, you will be able to head into the island.  If you signed up for a tour....."

Island #2....St. Kitts.

After a painful night of sleep (painful in the sense that I didn't get much), we woke up around 9:30 to the sound of the PA system announcing our arrival.  After appropriate doses of SPF 30, we headed out into St. Kitts.  Immediately upon leaving the dock we were greeted by multiple taxi drivers (yet again).  This time, we hired Tony and his Taxi Services for an all day excursion (price pending).  We had a good beach in mind, but Tony gave us a better one.  And finally!  British influence!  They're driving on the left side of the road!  It was nice to sit in the passenger seat on the left side.
Left side: Atlantic Ocean; Right side: Caribbean Sea
...weird, actually as I had never done that before.  The only time previously was in a London cab from one side of the city to the other. 

Tony took us to the middle of nowhere, seemingly.  He would stop every so often for us to snap a few pictures...particularly when we were at a point where we could see both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  That was pretty cool.  Along the way, we had to brake occasionally for goats/mongeese on the road.  After our excitement of seeing our first 2 or 3 wild goats, we accepted the rest as commonplace.  We finally got to our beach.  And we could've called it our beach too.  Besides the shack that served cold drinks and sandwiches, we had about a mile stretch of beach/water to ourselves.
We took a little journey
  I was told to be vigilant about locals trying to steal stuff while on the beach, but something told me I was going to be OK today....unless a goat was trained in thievery.    :)

We spent about 5 hours on the beach, explored the coast, swam to a cave in a lagoon, laid out in the sunshine, you know...the usual.  I snorkeled for the first time in my life....actually, no.  I masked.  We forgot the snorkels in the room.  I masked around in the water, over coral, sea urchins, around brightly-colored fish, out to about 10 feet of water or so.  It was a struggle without a snorkel because gasping for air + unfogging your mask + staying afloat is as tough as it sounds.  Picked up a few sand dollars, only to have them break in my hand once they were out of the water.
Wild goats....for sale?
 

Luckily, we told Tony to come back and get us, or we might have been stuck on that deserted beach for a while.  Tony arrived right on time and suggested a nature hike close to the base of Mt. Liamuiga, the island's active volcano.  Along the way we drove through downtown Basseterre.  This was my first sign of poverty and living life at its simplest.  Shacks, shoeless, and dirty described parts of this city the best.  It was sad to drive through.  Tony pointed out a Carib beer brewery, a nursing school, and Bloody Point, a point where thousands of native Indians were massacred in the 17th century.  Called Bloody Point because the river running under the road flowed red with blood for several days.  Why hadn't we heard about this in the US?  Unimportant?

At the base of the hike stood the Caribelle Batik, where they specialize in Batik-ing.
Batik-ing
  Even our own Jimmy Carter is a customer!  Brilliant!  Tony took us through the 'rainforest' to an old sugarcane factory, up through the hills to various sights of interest, then back down to the base.  For some reason, I couldn't grasp with the fact that we were in a rainforest.  Though there were no pine trees or squirrels or anything of the like, it just didn't seem like an Amazon-type rainforest I had always envisioned.  The only wildlife were birds, lizards, and bulls tied to telephone poles (wild?).

Tony drove us back to our ship around 6pm.  Total cost of our private taxi? $20 a person.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Having worked up a huge appetite, we walked around downtown Basseterre for a few minutes to try and find a place while the girls were getting ready.
Common, right?
  When we were about to go down a side street, we were stopped by a lady pushing a cart warning us to not go back there because there were 'bad boys who pulled teeth and bones and steal you'.  Imagine that.  What amazed me was that she told us.  She, a local, went out of her way to tell us not to go down a road.  Nobody in America would do that.  That was awesome.

We settled on a place called the Circus Grill.  I went with cheeseburger, again.  I did have a fruit punch drink though, which was delicious.  after goofing around with the cameras for a while after dinner, we headed back to the ship, only to be greeted by a Caribbean steel drum band entertaining everyone on the main deck.  Caribbean music!  Live!  Right here on our ship!  They were sooooo good.
Caribbean music at its finest
  The 8 of us danced around for a while, tried to get others to dance with no success, then just stood around and marveled at the band's talent.  When they were finishing up, we went to the opposite end of the ship and hung out for a while.  I was soo tired.  Maybe the sun took it out of me, I don't know.  Brandon and myself called it a night around 1, while the others went back to the main deck and had a somewhat interesting night as I'm told.  I just dreamed.  And rocked.

Rocked to sleep off the coast of St. Kitts.  St. Kitts was a solid island.  Friendly people, reasonable prices, great sights, great weather.  Success.

Tomorrow, Antigua! 
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St. Kitts!
St. Kitts!
Left side: Atlantic Ocean;
Right …
Left side: Atlantic Ocean; Right…
We took a little journey
We took a little journey
Wild goats....for sale?
Wild goats....for sale?
Batik-ing
Batik-ing
Common, right?
Common, right?
Caribbean music at its finest
Caribbean music at its finest
Coastline
Coastline
We had the beach to ourselves
We had the beach to ourselves
So surreal
So surreal
Beautiful
Beautiful
So much better than sitting at home
So much better than sitting at home
Our cave and lagoon
Our cave and lagoon
Goats!
Goats!
Golf course!  Of course I took a p…
Golf course! Of course I took a …
Cricket Stadium in the background
Cricket Stadium in the background
Downtown Basseterre
Downtown Basseterre
Carib Beer Brewery
Carib Beer Brewery
Windy roads
Windy roads
Nursing School
Nursing School
Shack on a cliff
Shack on a cliff
Caribelle Batik
Caribelle Batik
Jimmy Carters a customer :)
Jimmy Carter's a customer :)
Caribelle Batik
Caribelle Batik
Plantains
Plantains
Old sugarcane factory
Old sugarcane factory
Rubber Tree
Rubber Tree
Salmon Tree
Salmon Tree
Waiting to go to dinner
Waiting to go to dinner
easyCruise!
easyCruise!
Headed back to Basseterre for dinn…
Headed back to Basseterre for din…
Steel drum band on our ship
Steel drum band on our ship
Basseterre
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