Ashley, Me, and Christy with Atlantis Resort in the Background!
Our first port of call was in Nassau which is part of the Bahamas.My friends had been talking about it for months.Those that had been before said that there was a bar called Senor Frogs which they claimed was ‘the best bar ever.’They were all in a hurry to go.I was the first to wake up in my cabin so I quietly got ready and slipped out the door.I put my ipod on and walked up to the top deck.The sun hadn’t quite risen yet but light was beginning to appear.
Me, Christy, and Ryan
It was nice to have that moment to myself.There were only a couple of people out and about so I was virtually alone.I leaned against the railing and I could see the Atlantis Resort on my right and to my left was this thin stretch of land with a lighthouse at the end if it.That simple sight made me smile more than the grand resort looming above Nassau.I have a thing for lighthouses.There is just something romantic about them.They seem to just stand there all alone constantly waiting for someone to come along.It reminded me of my parent’s house.They live on the water in Gulf Breeze, Fl.When I’m home I sit at the end of the dock during the night and watch the lighthouse across the water.There’s something comforting about sitting and waiting to see that beam of light that flash my way.
Celebrating my "engagement" with my bridesmaid, Christy!
It helps me clear my head and think and that’s the same feeling I got by seeing the lighthouse in Nassua.
Once the sun had fully risen it was time for me to go meet the others for breakfast.After we had filled our bellies full with delicious food, we headed toward shore.Everyone was ready to start drinking margaritas at Senor Frogs but Christy and I wanted to go shop in the markets.I love experiencing other cultures and I was ready to haggle with the locals over handmade goodies.So as some headed toward the tequila, a group of us took off toward the marketplace.The energy of the place excited me.I wanted to buy everything! We browsed around for a while trying to limit our choices down to a few things(after all we were college students on a limited budget).I settled on a beautiful wooden bracelet and Christy found a straw purse.
Me and Ryan's "wedding ceremony"
I wasn’t very successful at haggling but my Italian friend Camilla was a pro.I guess she was used to it from growing up in Italy.It was fun watching her go!
Though we were happy with our items, Christy and I weren’t completely satisfied.We were craving something more.Now, before I continue with the story, there is something you need to know about Christy.I would be lying if I said we were friends from the moment we met.We never really talked much. In fact, for a couple of years we barely even spoke to one another.Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t hate or dislike one another (though she did confess later that I had annoyed her).We simply ran in different circles within our sorority.Both of us were elected onto the Executive Board of our sorority the second semester of our junior year.
Me, Christy, and Katie at Senor Frogs
Even then, we still didn’t become friends.It wasn’t until senior year that we started to hangout.I was close to this girl named Michelle and she in turn was close to Christy; therefore, the three of us would hangout.We started to become friends then but Michelle was our common denominator.When Michelle moved to New York in February, Christy and I weren’t sure if we would be the same.It was always the three or four of us (there was another girl named Whitney in our group) but it was never really just the two of us.Michelle always brought out the silliness in us and we tended to do things that were out of our comfort zone when were with her.I was afraid that we would lose that when she was gone.
I never really thought of Christy as a silly person.She was one of those girls who was always busy and focused on school.
Camilla, Ash, Me, Amy, Katie, Christy, and Jaycee stopping to take a pic on our way to the market!
She was a media productions major which was a very competitive program at FSU.She was extremely talented and good at what she did.She made straight A’s and would work for hours on end.All of her hard work must have paid off because she landed a kickass internship in L.A. the previous summer and she moved to L.A. after graduation.I don’t know how she had time to hangout with us at all. She always seemed so straight laced and you never heard any scandalous rumors about her(which is hard to do in a sorority).She didn’t seem like the type of girl to go out drinking and to act crazy (though now I’ll get the occasional web video of her dancing around in her underwear). Haha boy were my first impressions wrong!I had no idea at that time that she would come to be my best friend.She and I have this crazy bond that I know will never break.
Me and Ryan!
I can’t explain it.It just is.Michelle leaving was probably the best thing that could have happened to us.We did Michelle proud.We were just as silly together as we were with Michelle.
Wow. . .sorry, looks like I got off a little bit of a sentimental tangent.I just write what comes to me! Anyways, our silly nature brings us to the next part of the story.We decided that we wanted to buy the most obnoxious thing that you could find in the market.We ended up with two white t-shirts with shredded ends decorated with colorful beads.The shirt had holes all in it and there was a brightly colored design on the front with the word ‘Bahamas.’They were pretty tacky but we were excited nonetheless!Christy and I decided to wear them to Cococay the next day.
Me and Christy in Nassua!
We shopped around some of the other shops along the street before heading back to the ship to drop of our stuff and eat some lunch before meeting everyone else at Senor Frogs.
Senor Frogs was better than I imagined it to be.It was a huge open beach bar with an inside dance floor and a stage.The place was packed.Christy and I started double fisting margaritas because we had to catch up to our friends who had been there for a couple of hours.There was so much activity going on that I was overwhelmed.The emcee started a Congo line and everyone in the place walked in a line while a guy poured straight tequila into our mouths.There was also a guy walking around making balloon animals.It felt like a NC-17 kids party.
As I walked back to the bar to get another round of drinks, I spotted my friends Larry and Ryan.
I freaked out because they were two of my closest friends and they weren’t on our cruise.It turns out that the cruise they were on just happened to be in Nassau on the same day as us.It was definitely something to celebrate.Ryan bought all of my margaritas for the rest of the day and let’s just say that too much tequila can mess with your head.After margarita # 6 and Congo line #3 my details start to get a little fuzzy.I can’t quite tell you how this happened but Ryan, Christy, and I left Senor Frogs.We wanted to go swimming but you couldn’t swim at the bar so we went to go try to get onto the beach next door.We walked around several buildings and somewhere on that walk, me and Ryan started telling people we were engaged.To this day, neither of us is sure how that happened.
Julie, Me, and Carly at Senor Frogs
It will forever be a mystery.We finally got to a hotel and tried to cut through the lobby to get to the beach.The lady at the front desk stopped us and said that it cost $20 per person to use their beach.Ryan and I told her that we were on our honeymoon so that we could get a discount but that didn’t work.Ryan and Christy didn’t want to pay but I was determined to go swimming.I pulled out my credit card and said ‘don’t worry guys, it’s all on Tina.’That was a dumb idea because Tina is my mom and it was her credit card that I charged $60 on to go swimming.Christy still makes fun of me for that.
Once we got to the beach, we all jumped in the water.Ryan and I kept telling hotel guests that we were engaged and Christy kept talking about how happy she was to be a bridesmaid.She is so great and she understands me so well that she just went along with the whole engagement thing without any questions asked.
Granted, she had been inhaling the tequila too!After splashing around for a bit, we heard our names being called and when we looked over, it was our friends Tyler and Katie.Apparently they had found a way to the beach without paying.They were lying together on a chair making out like the drunken college students they were.We all couldn’t help but laugh and I even pulled Katie’s top off to make things more interesting. Haha she did not like that.
After a while we decided to go back to the bar.Some random girl stopped to talk to me and Ryan about our engagement and I really wish I could remember what we said to her.She was very happy for us and she told us we made a cute couple.Things got even more interesting when we got back to the dance floor at Senor Frogs.I told the emcee all about how my boyfriend proposed to me and I said yes.
Me and Christy and the water I paid $60 to swim in!
He then called us up on stage in front of everyone (all my friends were probably wondering what the hell was going on) so that he could perform a wedding ceremony.Ryan then proceeded to tell him that he was marrying me for my money.The emcee (who was a male) loved that.
Somehow we made it back to the cruise ship and Ryan and I still kept the charade going.He waited in line with me for my cruise ship because he wanted us to be together as long as possible.There was a couple standing behind us and they were actually engaged so me and the girl started chatting about how excited we were.I told her that Ryan and I were on different cruises because it was my bachelorette party and it was his bachelor party.Wow what a day in Nassau! When we got back to Tallahassee, Ryan told me that he tried to hit on a girl that night but she turned him down because he was engaged.
julie and me!
She saw us on the stage. Haha oh what an adventure!I just hope that when I have kids, they don’t hear this story.It was all in fun though!We got back on the ship and drank out of pineapples while watching the belly flop contest.I couldn’t wait to see what Cococay had in store for me the next day!
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