Atlantis, the beach and more....

Trip Start Aug 27, 2005
Trip End Dec 09, 2005

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Monday, August 29, 2005

I arrived in the Bahamas on Saturday at 7:00 pm via a "puddle jumper" from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On the twenty-seater plane, about half of the passengers were Semester @ Sea students. The man next to me was a Bahamian who works in IT at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. He filled me in on some things to do around Nassau as we made our way to Nassau. Customs was uneventful and my bags arrived safe and on-time. It was a muggy overcast evening in Nassau.

On my flight there was a S@S student named Jordan from the University of Colorado who was also staying at the Towne Hotel. I introduced myself and we agreed to share a cab fare to the hotel. I met up with my Nassau roommate Courtney and got settled before meandering around, meeting other S@S students. Around 10pm or so, Jordan, his roommate Greg, and I went around the corner to a restaurant/bar and I bought my first alcoholic drink ever: a bottle of Kalik, a Bahamian beer. I made my way back to the hotel and stayed up until around 1am chatting with Courtney and our other roommate, Janny. It was time for some much needed sleep!

This morning Courtney, Janny, Sarah (who had just arrived from Oregon) and I walked down through the straw market and to the water to catch a ferry ride over to the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. We figured it was a good day to do this since most everything in Nassau is closed on Sunday. Bahamians dress in their Sunday best and typically go to mass and spend time with family on Sundays. The ferry ride included a humorous tour guide who assured us that the black in the Bahamian flag represented the color of his skin and warned us not to eat too much conch because it is a tried and true aphrodisiac. We walked around the resort, which looks and feels exactly like being in a ritzy themed resort/casino in Las Vegas, trying to figure out how to get to a public beach. Finally, we made it to Cabbage Beach and enjoyed the water (which is warmer and saltier than the Pacific). I was expecting another overcast day due to the current storms this part of the world has been getting, but it was gorgeous and sunny out. The sand on the beach was wonderful, so smooth and soft. After a while we headed back to Nassau via the ferry. Before returning to the hotel, Janny, Sarah and I went to a small restaurant called the Imperial that serves some local favorites for a very good price. I ordered some chicken curry with peas and rice (a Bahamian staple). It was a lot of food, and very good.

After a break at the hotel, Janny and I went for a quick walk around a few of the blocks near the hotel. We discovered that the Government House was just half a block up the street. This is no White House...more like bubblegum pink. We thought it was kind of odd that there is a statue of Christopher Columbus with a plaque that says "1492" in front of the Government House. Apparently, several of the Bahaman islands claim the title of being the first that Columbus set foot on since technically it can't be proven that he landed on San Salvador.. The streets were pretty dead so we headed back to the hotel to relax for the evening. I am looking forward to tomorrow when more things will be open and Bahamians will be out and about the city.
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