Yes, I’m only here for a week since this was basically a quickie trip planned for me. I had no idea that I would love it so much. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the VI and even the BVI. It’s a beautiful place and it went way too fast. I honestly did not have enough time here and I now understand the people that come here on a regular basis.
As for my last day here….my new friends invited me to go downtown and see the shops, explore a little more of St Thomas, etc. Normally I would be right there leading the way but… I declined. I just wanted one day to really be on “island time” and enjoy the all-day sunshine we got today. My plan was to take as many photos as possible. I walked up and down the cove and got some great shots (long exposures) of the turquoise and blue water. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I also hung out in a hammock and enjoyed the view. I basically did what a lot of people come here to do – Relax. Granted, I did not see everything there was to see nor did I do half of the things on my list but I am relaxed. I took over 2000 photos. I’m happy and content. Tomorrow I’m flying home and I will honestly say I will miss this place called Paradise.
Oh and those one way ferry tickets from Tortola back to St Thomas that we did not use were given to the housekeeper who was the nicest person I met here. Every day I saw here I told her she did not have to clean my condo because I’m pretty low maintenance and I kept telling her that I didn’t need anything. The first time she came by was during the crazy storm on Tuesday. I told her she should go home and be safe from the floods in the streets. She was sincere in her appreciation for that. I know this is her job but she worked her butt off in the other condo’s that were flooded and in all honesty, I can make my own bed, don’t mind using the same towels, and had everything I needed. She said a prayer for me and said that she hopes I come back and enjoyed my time here. It was a great send-off for me and I wish her the best of luck. I’m also going to leave her a nice tip because I know she deserves it and probably does not get it often enough.
I wish I could find the “local” (she’s originally from Ireland but moved here 35 years ago and is a teacher at a school on St Thomas) that gave me a ride from the Marina Market on that stormy day. I would love to send her a nice bottle of Cab from Napa. She has no idea how much I appreciated her giving me a ride when I thought that I would never get a taxi to take me back. The people here are really wonderful!
Thanks to all the posters/bloggers – your advice has helped me plan a perfect holiday (albeit short)! I promise to post photos soon….. I also hope that my incredibly long trip report helps someone with their plans to come out. As the little sign outside my condo states: In Paradise, Life is good…..