Sun, Sea, Sand and Sweat in Paradise

Trip Start Apr 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Friday, April 10, 2009

Sorry that we haven't been able to write a blog sooner, this is the first time we've had internet access for long enough!
Well, the two of us have been having a fantastic time in the Bahamas. We started out in Nassau where we spent a couple of days exploring the capital. The buildings here are very twee, pastel coloured and kind of colonial style. We navigated the streets and wandered through the straw market and watched the big cruise ships at the harbour. We also spent some time on Paradise Island, exploring the giant Atlantis Hotel, and sprawling out on Cabbage Beach (no cabbages to be seen!).
After 2 days we got a fast ferry to another Bahamian island, Eleuthera. This island was very different to the capital island- very serene, and a much slower pace of life. We inhabited a little apartment by the sea which had lovely colourful gardens where we often sat out, and even saw a hummingbird buzz by on one occasion. This was based in Governor's Harbour, a small town with a very friendly community.
On Eleuthera we spent the majority of our time beach hopping around the island. The beaches there were picture perfect. Turquoise waters, soft white sand and swaying palms (sorry to make you all jealous ;-)!)
For 2 days we hired a car, going south one day and north the other. It was a chevvy and automatic so took a while getting used to but was good fun. After having it for only about an hour we stupidly drove up a beach track and managed to get it completely stuck in the sand i.e. half way up the wheel!  Luckily we didn't freak out too much and a nice Hungarian man came to help dig us out. After about 90 minutes, various pieces of driftwood inserted under the tyre, and a big push from a group of English women, the car was set free, hoorah! Later on we came to find that we had probably bust the car, as it started playing up on the road, so we exchanged it for a different one at the rental place- what a palava.
Anyway, we did a lot of lazing on the beaches, walking around, and snorkelling in the sea. As well as visiting lots of little communities across the island and an ocean hole, which is allegedly bottomless- spooky.
At the last count Mark had about 52 humongous bites on himself whereas I was more lucky, they must have been repulsed by me :-(, but I did get heat rash.
There we cooked our own meals mostly, using fresh fish (Nassau grouper and trigger fish) that we bought from the locals. We also tried some conch fritters at a restaurant which were yum. Last night we attended the local fish fry, a big bbq party for the local community, and bumped into many fellow vacationers (mostly American) that we had met earlier in the week- its a small town and all that.
Now we are back in Nassau until Sunday when we fly to Panama.

Lots of love xxx
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