Having finally arrived on the island I was desperate to get exploring. I dumped my bags at our new apartment (only one street back from the ocean front!!) and we were off. As we hitchhiked across the island, I made my first friend (and I predict my best!)
She was initially a little camera shy…
But soon enough she began to pose like a professional!
Once I’d said my goodbyes we began our mission for the day- finding a mode of transport for the next few months. My boyfriend moved to the island a month before I arrived and he said we desperately needed a way to get around, so our first port of call was to pick up a scooter. We bought one off a friend of a friend and he’s brilliant! The biggest and best purchase we’ve ever made…meet Scotty (the bike, not the boyfriend!)
With this little beast on our team the island was ours for the taking! We went over to the Dutch side of the island to lay on the beach and grab some lunch. I must admit the island isn’t as cheap as I had anticipated but it was my first day so we treated ourselves to a huge burger, chips and an ice cold beer.
With our tummies full we lay on the beach for a nice siesta and a read. I’ve only just joined the kindle crew and I love it!! A part of me does miss the feel of a book in my hand and the smell of much loved pages but the convenience of the kindle is unparalleled. I’m almost finished ‘Half a yellow sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I’ve not been able to put down. Let me know if you have any recommendations of anything to give a go next!
I happily fell asleep under the shade of the parasol and after a much needed nap I took my first dip into the ocean. The water’s beautiful, it was crisp, clear and wonderfully fresh. The serene feeling I get when I dive under water is unbelievable. It’s as if all my worries and fears dissolve when my body is surrounded by the ocean.
After only a couple of hours in the sun my freckles began to make an appearance!
We then settled our bill, jumped back onto Scotty and sped up a hill to watch the sunset and have dinner al fresco.
The sun set on my first day living in this new place and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to island life, I wonder what the next few months has in store!