Saturday, September 10, 2016


it's labor day weekend (even thought this will be posted later) and i am not doing much so i thought i would do a 2 part flashback post on my trips to the caribbean, since it is stretching towards the end of the summer. maybe i will do these more? i was fortunate enough that my grandparents took their babies and grandbabies to the caribbean twice. for the first one, i was 15 and it was my first time outside the country. we ended up on a royal caribbean cruise to the eastern caribbean; which included barbados, antigua, st. lucia, st, martin (maarten), and st. thomas.

now a warning. this was 2008: digital cameras sucked and i knew no better than to ruin pictures by having awful filters and high saturation. i have ruined these photos forever and there is only so much i can do to fix my past.

now a rant on cruise ships. i really am an old lady, i love them! it's a great way to get spoiled. the ships are beautiful, the food is delicious and (for the most part) free, and you get to see new and different places. what is there not to like? yes it is freakin expensive but it is so much fun. even though i love me a budget backpacking trip, i dig cruises. i wouldn't even mind going alone.

i will say though, it is no way to see a country. you are so limited on time (normally maybe no more than 10 hours). it's nice if you are going to small countries, but you will still only get to experience a very small amount of the good stuff a country has to offer. overall, i am still not opposed to cruises.

we were on royal caribbean's adventure of the seas ship.

the elevator. reminds me of twilight zone's tower of terror ride. i'm sad disney is getting rid of it :(

the ceiling

random gargoyle.

the adult pool. they call it a 'solarium.'

the room we had. i shared it with my sister and cousin. every morning there was a new origami towel animal :D

the cute little vacuum.

there was a rock wall on the ship (that's me!)

the first stop was bridgetown, barbados. here, we just spent time near the ship. we didn't do any activities and honestly i wish we could have seen more. i remember seeing old buildings.

a cool church

i have no idea what these are. but i remember thinking they were really cool and there were a lot of them.

the next stop was castries, st. lucia. i think this was my favorite stop. here we went biking in the rain forest with my cousins. the drive there was scary. it was like indiana jones from disneyland. also the bike riding was rough. i did not know how to switch gears and there were dried up frogs on the road you had to dodge. the funniest thing was my uncle fell in a ditch. we still talk about it.

da boat

a big rock, but little waterfall

my sister and her little friend.

my favorite picture i took. i love it so much.

a random horse?

back on the boat (i still had braces). i remember crying in the doctor's when i found out they were not going to come off before my trip.

my cousin.

my cousin and sister

i am so cool.

next was st. johns antigua. here, my family went zip lining through the forest. there is one picture that they took and it is somewhere, but i ain't gonna keep looking. this was a slower day. i really don't remember anything else.

next was. phillipsburg, st maarten. now this was interesting. half the island is dutch and half french. in the french half, there are nude beaches. i went to one of those beaches (fyi, nudity is not mandatory just allowed). it was interesting. it seemed the only people who volunteered to be nude were old. like i said, interesting.

inside a little museum

last stop was st. thomas (part of the united states virgin islands). i remember all we did was walk around. there were no activities. i will say this felt the most like southern california.

another one of my national geographic photos

hehe. it looks like he is puking :)

across from the boat was a butterfly farm.

and the last night on the boat my sister and i just stayed up late and ran around the boat. some things are open 24/7. and that's it. also i remember these jeans were a size 0. those days are looonnngg gone.

now for a song! i wanted to choose my favorite song right now, but i think i will wait it out and pick a song that reminds me of that time. when i was 15, my favorite band was green day and 'christie road' was my favorite song. enjoy!

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