83...82...81... 80 days from now we'll be packing up and moving back to the states. St. Maarten has always been 'just a place to live' while Jason is in medical school but the closer it gets to moving, the more we realize how nice the island actually is. People actually come to the island for vacation, rest and relaxation--and it is about time that we start seeing the island as a place for us to enjoy! We've always had things that we said "we'll do that before we leave" and the time has come for us to start marking things off our list.
1. Shark Dive
The shark dive is something that always got pushed to the back--partly because I'm TERRIFIED of sharks! Well, the shark dive has been scheduled! Next month, we're going 60 feet under water to feed hungry sharks, some as big as 10 feet long. Yes, I'm nervous but I have always said that I would do it before we leave and the time has come. I will have video and tons of pictures of our shark feeding experience--I need evidence of my craziness!
2. Watch boats leave and come into the harbor
The Yacht Club is a little area beside the bridge where we can go sit and watch the nice yachts come in and out of the harbor. We always admire the huge yachts when we drive over the bridge, but Jason has never seen the bridge up close and personal. Next week, we're going to sit and watch all the nice yachts and sailboats.
3. The Westin brunch
The Westin, a nice hotel on the French side, offers an all inclusive brunch with all the food anyone could possibly eat. The hotel has a very nice pool area that we'd like to hang out at after brunch. The brunch is only offered on Sundays--so when Jason has a free Sunday, we'll be heading to The Westin.
4. Saba--a neighboring island
Saba is an island that we can get to after an hour long ferry ride. They have a hike up the side of the island, called Mt. Scenary, and the peak is in the clouds. The hotel on the island is called the EcoLodge where everything is 'green'--no electric or running water. The hotel is placed right in the middle of the rainforest and on the side of the mountain--so the view is amazing! I have been dying to get there...our trip there got cancelled with Hurrican Omar. I'm still trying to stay positive, but this will be a hard trip to plan this semester!
5. Heineken Regatta
The Heineken Regatta is a huge sailboat race that has part of the race around St. Maarten. We've always wanted to possibly work or ride along on a sailboat in the race. Hopefully this year, we'll be able to be part of the regatta. This race will by St. Maarten the first weekend of March so we're trying to get some things lined up now so we can participate.
Our list goes on and on--but we're trying to make the most out of the rest of our time here. Memories are waiting to be made and we have 80 more days to make them!