I had wanted to be sure to have Oildown before we left and I figured I could probably get it at the Friday Night Fish Fry in Gouyave. Luckily I got it at Babe's because there was no Oildown in sight at Gouyave. The Fish Fry is a weekly event in the fishing village north of St. George's. Canopies are set up over the street where vendors stand over stovetops frying fish and grills for lobster. There is every type of side dish you'd expect such as fried plantains, Johnny Cakes and much more.
|Gouyave Fish Fry|
I celebrated my fifteenth birthday this last week on Leap Day, February 29th. Our friends Jim and Martha came down from Minnesota to spend the week and help me celebrate. We went to the Beach House Restaurant. This highly recommended restaurant was in a beautiful setting, on a beach south of us, with open air, white napkin service. Very special and romantic. I have to admit that the day or two leading up to my birthday, I was feeling strange, sort of depressed. At odds with my normal 'even keel'. I questioned what I want to do with my future. I just felt strange. But the nice dinner with friends and my loving Yata and I was back to normal.
The next night we went to YOLO Sushi Bar & Restaurant at the Port Louis Marina near our apartment. Yata was unsure about this choice as he associated Sushi with raw fish and isn't interested in eating raw fish. But we were very satisfied and delighted by YOLO (You Only Live Once). I had the signature Volcano rolls served with a cup of flaming rum in the center of the rolls. Like many of their rolls, they were wrapped in crispy salmon skim instead of seaweed. Yata had the Alaska rolls which had Shrimp tempura wrapped in rice and seaweed. Excellent. We also enjoyed a bottle of Montepulciano wine. Dining was al fresco, lit by the harbor lights of the marina, the carrenage and the port of St. George's, wow!
We realize how fortunate we are and strive to appreciate all we are able to do, eat and enjoy. If only everyone was able to do the same.
We return home this Tuesday and we will definitely miss this lovely island. It has been great. Unless we are deluding ourselves somehow, we'd say this is the best destination in our seventeen years of travel in many ways. Especially for us at this age. It's safer than anywhere we've been, including the US, I believe. It's very clean and relatively litter free. The poverty is minimal. Education is good. There aren't lots of feral dogs running around like so many countries we've been. The telecom/internet is excellent. The public transport is excellent. The healthcare appears to be excellent (there is a large medical college on the island, St. George's University). The climate is warm with a rainy season. There is abundant fresh water due to the mountains as well as abundant fresh fruit and produce. The sailing/cruiser culture is strong and brings a nice element to the island. There are a few things that could be a problem, such as hurricanes (this island was seriously damaged in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan), it gets really hot in the middle of the day, public transport although it's prolific, can be a bit dangerous with aggressive driving on narrow roads (we saw the aftermath of a serious crash not far from our apartment).
But it'll be nice to get home and see our wonderful grandkids and their parents, our friends and to sleep in cool comfort (we've been sleeping in temps from 75 to 87 every night here).
We will be back, maybe next year. We are thinking we might like to spend more time too on the island of Carriacou, just north of here. And maybe some sailing around Cuba???