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The medical school that was the focus of the "Rescue Mission"

Slept poorly once again.  I was awake by 6:30 and staked out the chairs and umbrella.  I sat on the balcony until Lin awoke, then we went down to breakfast.  We changed 200US to 500EC, then were out front by 9:00 to meet our driver, Jerome (Pronounced Jaroome) Lett.  We had an 18 passenger van for just us.  We crossed the island to 7 Sisters Falls.  Jerome parked the van and we started to hike.  The first part was downhill in a narrow paved road.  On the way, Jerome pointed out the various plants and picked various spices for us to smell.

  Eventually, we left the road, picked up walking sticks and started down a steep, narrow, muddy, slippery path.  For much of it, we had a sharp rise to our right and a sharp drop to the left.  Naturally, there were no railings.  We had not been not warned about this and Linda had only sandals on.  Some parts were extremely steep and often only wide enough for one person.  Lin was terrified but a good soldier about it. After quite a while, as we got to an even steeper part, Lin asked if it was much further.  Jerome said we weren't at the 1/2 way point so, wisely, we retreated. The ascent was a bit easier but, by the time we reached the top, Lin was exhausted.  There were two big vans of people there from the Dawn Princess, one of two ships in St. George's today.  Next, we visited a flower plantation, then retraced our steps to the Grand Etang Crater Lake.  That was no great shakes.  We'd said we wanted to visit the nutmeg factory so we went back towards the plantation and turned left toward the West Coast.  Jerome left us out by the nutmeg factory and we were greeted by a lady selling spices.  We and a few Brits & Germans got an interesting tour of the factory.
  That done, we headed down the West Coast.  This side looks a lot poorer and the roads are worse.  I actually had a few flashbacks to
Taiwan.  Drove around a bit in St. George's and stopped for a not-too-great lunch of grilled swordfish at the Tropicana Inn.  We got back at 3:25.  We'd paid 80US for 4 hours but were told we could extend the trip for as long as we wanted for 20US per hour. 

We headed for the beach, of course, and I swam and wrote notes for yesterday and today.  At 5:00 Lin had a facial and I had a salt loofah rub. I was finished first so I sat on the beach, then we dressed and we had a quick drink in the piano bar before dinner.  This time, I had the pumpkin-chili soup and Lin a Salade Ni├žoise.  We both had pork loin in a sweet and sour sauce.  Richard and Karen sat at a nearby table and joined us in the piano bar for after dinner drinks.  Normally, a pianist plays before dinner and a louder group afterwards.  Tonight, there was no entertainment before and the pianist after.  Got to bed about 11:15.

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The medical school that was the fo…
The medical school that was the f…
Nutmeg
Nutmeg
Nutmeg and mace (The red part - it…
Nutmeg and mace (The red part - i…
Cinnamon tree
Cinnamon tree
Cinnamon bark
Cinnamon bark
Lemongrass
Lemongrass
LOTS of nutmeg!
LOTS of nutmeg!
LOTS of nutmeg!
LOTS of nutmeg!
LOTS of nutmeg!
LOTS of nutmeg!
Mace
Mace