The first morning of our Honeymoon started at 5:40 am. A short dash of final packing, showering, a quick trip to Jack in the Box (by Kara), we were ready to load up and go. I set my alarm clock an hour late. I thought I set my alarm for 5:40 am, but I actually set it for 6:40 am. Miraculously, I awoke on my own, on time. My dad drove us to the airport and we had plenty of time to check, in go through security, go through the duty free shop and even play several games of Quarto before boarding our flight.
Before take off we were offered refreshments including mimosas. We were in Business Class and we never want to take coach again. Our wonderful amenities included an in flight movie with complimentary ear phones, a bowl of heated mixed nuts, a wonderful tortellini pasta with cream sauce, a tossed salad, and a whole grain roll. Then they offered wine galore – we declined the wine. Next they brought us warm cookies with cold milk, and even offered seconds on the cookies. I watched the movie, Jeff did not watch it. We each took a short nap and arrived 10 minutes early. We were on the second row of the plane so we were out of the door and ahead of the line at immigration and customs. We walked past several men asking if we wanted a taxi driver. As soon as we walked outside, we found our taxi driver, Dixon. He had a sign with both our names on it. He walked us to the curb and asked us to wait while he got the car. We were offered a Red Stripe and declined.
Dixon drove us to the Polkerris, our bed and breakfast, which was a short 10 minute drive, during which Jeff asked about another driver who offered people cell phones. Dixon pulled one out, pulled over bought us a prepaid card and carried our luggage all the way upstairs to our room. Oh yeah, he got a good tip!
The room was refreshingly cold and elegantly decorated. It was quite nice. Our pool is right outside the front door of our room. The entire place is immaculately landscaped around the pool and the entire house. Clarissa greeted us. She welcomed us warmly, and came back with two glasses of iced limeade. Inside our mini fridge contained a large bottle of water and a complimentary bottle of champagne. They even brought us a filled ice bucket. There is a huge mango and grapefruit tree in our front yard. Our terrace view is of the ocean, and it spans as far as you can turn your head. Words can not describe how beautiful this place is.
We unpacked and changed clothes and took several pictures of the bed and breakfast. We walked down to the owner’s other property the Vista De La Bahia. There we saw several types of hummingbirds and spoke with the owner for several minutes. Peter offered to let me call my dad from their phone to tell my family we arrived safely. That was so nice! Then he directed us down a private path that we have keyed access to that takes us from his other property all of the way to the hip strip. We walked half a block to the right and discovered The Pelican restaurant which is also owned by Peter Scudamore. We checked out the menu and drank a Red Stripe beer – it was pretty good. We walked the other direction towards downtown. Several hustlers tried to push their goods or drugs but we learned a simple “no thanks” was usually sufficient. We went into a craft market. The shop owners all wanted us to visit their booth. We made an excuse and quickly left. They asked us to come back and we said we would but we never did. We probably would have if they weren’t so pushy! Then we walked by the beach and Jeff picked up a black bean type seed to a tree resembling a mimosa tree but bigger. The locals affectionately call the seeds shakers because they sound like a rattle. We strolled down the hip strip for a while and looked in several souvenir shops. I looked at t-shirts and key chains. We did buy a key chain for our vacation wall and a hand made photo album. We strolled back up the hip strip to the Pork Pit and ate our first Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork. It was delicious! We talked to a nice guy and found an internet place right in front of the entrance to our private path. We went into the internet café because we left some information Jeff researched at home. We paid $1 for thirty minutes of internet use. I sent a mass e-mail and a message to Matt asking him to send us phone numbers to tour companies Jeff researched and we forgot to bring when we packed in an hour and a half. We came home showered and started this journal. It is only 10 pm and we are ready to sleep and get ready for another day!
We Kept this journal every day so I hope you all enjoy the details of our trip!
It is typed from Kara's perspective but I made my share of additions!
Much more to come!! When I get time!
Jeff and Kara