More in 3 days than some people see in a lifetime.
Trip Start Oct 28, 2008
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We landed on St. Thomas after 14 hours of traveling to do some more traveling. Hopped a bus-cab with a hodge-podge of travelers in the rain (of all things) and got on a 15 minute ferry headed for St. John still in the rain. Hopped a cab-open air this time- to get to our campsite surrounded by mosquitoes in the pitch black dark Jurassic Park forest. The lizards are chirping so loud that making unnatural sounds seems strangely out of place. The beach is about 20 feet away from the tent which is a bonus but the rain made everything so moist our clothes never dried and the mosquitoes so thick you can't go outside without getting 10 new bites-which of course feels like a thousand.
Hitchhiking is the norm here, it's legal and accepted so we tried it --only once mom don't freak out we were told it's totally safe here-- a nice local with a little dog named Jim. "Dat's mah nice boy Jim," he said. Everyone here sounds like they're speaking another language but it's still English supposedly. Cruz Bay is a cute little community, one of the few developed parts of the Island which is mostly National Park. Long story short I loaned a couple girls at the campground my hair dryer and they serendipitously became our travel buds and neighbors. We drove around the whole Island in their rental car - pictures to follow soon - and met a donkey up close head in the window style which we fed artificial cheese flavored chex mix and took a photo op. That's the same day we found our studio apartment up the sketchiest hill I've ever seen next to our awesome landlords and cool new friends for next to no rent compared to a lot of places on the island. We're about a 2 minute walk from "downtown" Cruz Bay with a laundry mat and a grocery store on each side of us.
People here are nice if you start out that way, and it seems they try to slow down their speech when they're talking to us mainlanders who seem to use too many fill words or something. Their sentence structure basically contains vowels and verbs and that's about it. I wish I could even imitate it cuz it's pretty cool sounding but I'm just a west coast girl. I'll get back to you with pictures and narrative, we're having fun hanging with our new friends but it gets dark so early that we have to make effort to not drink until a decent hour. It's 7:30 now and it's been pitch black dark for 2 hours, the bars are always open and people drink well before noon on a regular basis--Never-land for sure.
Love you and miss you all, I'll get back to you soon!