Hey Everyone, with very limited internet, I was able to post on Facebook that I made it to the BEAUTIFUL Bahamas yesterday! Christine (my roommate) and I were delayed by 40 minutes at LAX so we had to run to catch our connecting flight from Philadelphia to Nassau, Bahamas. We made it but were worried our baggage would be lost! To make matters worse, my carry on luggage turned into carry on bag #2 (so Mom, our strategic packing methods went to waste! ) But not to fear, Christine and I made it safely to Nassau with all bags in tow!
Can’t say I felt too safe on the way to the Wyndham Hotel. A twenty minute taxi ride turned into a longgggg, heart thumping adventure as our taxi driver played tour guide and turned around multiple times to point out to a map all the noteworthy places to visit while driving. I made the mistake of commenting on his guitar and almost expected him to attempt to strum AND drive all at the same time.
So far it’s been really surreal. Who ever thought I’d be in the Bahamas at 21, of all places! Not that it matters, 18 is the drinking age here. I feel really fortunate that this is just the beginning of my adventure. 7 more countries to follow! Along with SAS, there are a few high school groups here. All I can say is DRAMA + ALCOHOL = High School Graduation trip. The people from our voyage we’re meeting are pretty cool but there are definitely some characters that I’m not too sure about yet. We’ll see what happens when all 700 of us SAS kids are cooped up on a boat smaller than the Carnival cruise line. We should start making bets on who’s going to be thrown overboard. JUST KIDDING.
Christine and I have been exploring much of downtown Nassau and souvenir shopping. The food isn’t amazing. If you want overpriced American food, you can either stay at the hotels or go to downtown Nassau. I think everyone lives off of alcohol and fries here. I have yet to try it but a popular dish sold on the island is conch fritters. Christine and I have managed to be fed just enough to endure the hot and humid weather here and drink up on cheap daiquiris!
The highlight of my Bahamas trip was getting out of Cable Beach and taking a water taxi from Downtown Nassau into Paradise Island (where the rich and richer play and gamble). The ride from the hotel to Downtown was only $1.50 on this cute VW Bus (10 line to be exact) and only $3 for a one way ride via water taxi to Paradise Island. Christine and I talked to some other vacationers and got hooked up by one family with wristbands to the ATLANTIS RESORT! Their sons took us around and showed us some of the aquariums and the casino. Pictures to follow soon :)
I’m writing this as the night is winding down. We’re all showered and ready to sleep after our night at the Hard Rock Café and Senor Frogs followed by some Jacuzzi time! Tomorrow marks the end of our time in the Bahamas but Christine and I will try to get some beach time early tomorrow before we head off to embarkation at Prince George Wharf in Downtown Nassau. We officially start our voyage and I’m feeling a little anxious. I know it’s normal so I’m trying to take everything as it comes.
Good night and much love from the Bahamasssssss!