Today was our first weekend day of the trip and Sam, Linda, and I used this to our advantage and slept in until 11 this morning. Katie and Emma rented a paddle board for two hours, and Sarah and Ryan hung out on the beach. At about 1:30 we all left and drove the restaurant Skinny Legs where we ordered delicious smoothies, hamburgers, and sandwiches. At Skinny Legs, we were looking at our grades, which had just come out, and as a result, we started talking to the people sitting next to us. A man told us some important wisdom—“A” students teach, “B” students work for “C” students, and “C” students rule the world. After the delicious meal we shopped at some of the shops that were near Skinny Legs. They had t-shirts, hats, shoes, dresses, and basically anything a tourist would want to buy. After shopping at Skinny Legs Emma and Mrs. Wood went on a hike and the rest of us wanted to do more shopping, so we drove to Cruz Bay. We shopped there for about an hour where many of us bought the ring that everyone gets when they go on the St. John trip. After a full day of eating and shopping we drove back to Cinnamon Bay to get ready for the night. We got back at about 5 and all of the girls went back to the cabins and took a little nap before dinner. For dinner I had snapper which was very good, Emma had penne pasta with shrimp, and the rest of the girls all had chicken. For desert we had coconut cake. After dinner we went to get wifi for the night then came down to the cabin to write my blog! Today was overall a great first day of the weekend, and I can’t wait for the next two days!!
Hello again! It is finally the weekend and we get to relax. While the other cabin and the teachers woke up early and headed to the beach, our cabin decided to sleep in till 11. It was really nice to just sleep and relax in the morning. While we waited for Katie B and Emma to finish paddle boarding we decided to just stay in our cabin and relax. After they were done, we went to eat at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay. We got there and sat down and waited for our “same day service”. While we waiting we got into conversation with the table next to us and the guy told us “A students teach, B students work for C students, and C students rule the world”. It is ironic that he told us that because final grades came out earlier in the morning. After we finally got our food and ate, we went to do a little shopping in the couple shops around Skinny Legs. Emma and Mrs. Wood decided that they wanted to go on a hike so they went to do that while the rest of us did a little bit more shopping in Cruz bay. After we finished we went to go sign up for dinner before it got too late. We then took an hour nap till it was time to go up for dinner. When we finished our dinner we went to get Wi-Fi and do our nightly routine of using our phones before we have no reception. Then we went down to our cabins and Ryan and Katie B joined us to talk and eat a little bit before they went back to their room. Now I am here sitting in my bed writing this before I go off to bed. Night!
One of the curious things about coming here five years in a row is that the pacing of the two-week project is similar from year to year. The faces change, but the teenaged preferences are predictable. As our first weekend day, I expected that today would be a very laid back, sleep in, take a nap, and hang out at the beach kind of day, and that’s exactly what it was.
Breakfast ends at 10, so for some this was a wake up goal. Those of us who were awake ate breakfast at about 9:45. Then Emma and Katie rented a paddle board while Hollis, Sarah and I hung out at the beach. It was gorgeous! Most of our days are spent inside the school, and by the time we get back to the beach, it’s already early evening. It was a treat to be out in the full sunlight today. The rest of our crew napped and hung out in their cabins until lunch time. We drove to Coral Bay to eat at Skinny Legs: “A Pretty OK Place to Eat” and where service is guaranteed “sometime today.” It always takes a long time to get the food, but it’s worth it, and the relaxed wait fits right in with the slow pace of the day.
While we were at Skinny Legs we got into a short conversation with a neighboring table and got some life lessons. (Yes, more life lessons! Our friend Tomas “our drink specialist” has been giving us nearly daily life lessons because we frequent his smoothie place so often.) These lessons were different and funnier. I’ll let the girls explain!
Afterward, Hollis and Emma went on an awesome hike toward the south of the island while the rest of us went in to Cruz Bay for some shopping. Everyone is really tired, despite the relaxed pace of the day. They all look like really, really tired puppies! Tomorrow we get more adventures!