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21 March 2011

Life on an Island

Another update with mostly pictures (since I know that's what people are most interested in). But first things going on down here. Owen had another set of exams, he now has 2 left in 4 weeks and then a 2 week break (yay!!). He just started Introduction to Clinical Medicince, which focuses on patient interviewing and histories. I continue to tutor and will be Vice President on the board for the spouses group for the next couple semesters. We will be staying here over the April break and hopefully doing some island hopping. We also are officially going to South Africa over the August break for a medical missions trip, details to follow soon in a post from Owen. That's about all that's happening here. Onto the fun part, pictures!

from the regatta, notice the Heineken bottle

The first handful are from our favorite hike on the island, really one of the only hikes there are. It follows the coast line on the northwestern side of the island and brings you to a secluded beach, Petite Caye, only accessible from the hike. The next bunch are from the 31st Heineken Regatta, held the first weekend of March. We went to a nearby beach to watch the boats pass. The last are from a sunset recently, we often get beautiful sunsets from that beach. So over all, life on an island isn't too bad. We get to enjoy all the beautiful scenery and experiences. 

Titamare in the background, an island of St Martin
most of the hike is on coral, this is the only dirt section
The secluded beach
Cool piece of drift wood (and us)
Cacti on the hike, it's very arid on that side of the island
Cotton grows all over the island too
View from our apartment building
Airplane coming in for landing, just over the boats

Spinnaker (a sail boat with the this style front sail)
the beach/cliffs we watched from

Saba in the background

08 March 2011

Playing Tourist with Alison

Alison and me at graduation 2007

Last week my friend from college came to visit! We had a great week with Alison, full adventures and relaxing beach days. We spent time on several different beaches around the island, went cliff jumping, did some shopping in Philipsburg, sailed to Anguilla for snorkeling, went zip lining on the french side, and even watched a crab race. We're so glad she was able to visit. Here are some pictures and videos (hopefully they work, if not I'll try to upload again later) from her visit. Enjoy!

Alison and I jumping together off 20ft cliff

My jump off 45ft cliff (we all jumped)

After our jump together
Nasty eel right where we were climbing out

Snorkeling at Prickly Pear, Anguilla

On the boat before lunch in Anguilla
Extreme Zip lining at Loterie Farms
View from starting point
One of many rope bridges between zip lines
Alison coming in on a zip line
Me on one of the long ziplines

Our photographer stopped for a picture :)
Hermit crab races at Kim Sha Beach (it's a local thing)
Pina Coladas at Baie Rouge (I think she had a pretty fun visit)