On Wednesday night we went to bingo at Prickly Bay Marina. It's always an adventure at bingo night and this week was no exception, their big prizes were a bunny, 3 sheep, and a cow. I don't have a clue what I would have done with Margaret the Moo Cow, but I really wanted to go home and tell Evan that I won a cow. I didn't win anything this time, but it was still a good night. There was a lot of entertaining dancing. A 71 year old Grenadian woman won a bingo and her dancing was awesome. I wish I had a video of it, but sadly I don't. I did however manage to get a video of another lady getting her groove on. There's a lot of alcohol consumed at bingo...enjoy.
|Bingo at Prickly Bay Marina|
|Margaret the Moo Cow|
Thursday was our big adventure of the week. The guys were studying for their last midterm and we took a trip around the whole island. We wanted to go to the chocolate factory which is on the opposite side of the island from SGU so we went up one side and came back the other. It was a pretty awesome trip. First stop was Belmont Estates (the chocolate factory). We took a tour there where we learned about the process of making chocolate and how the estate harvests and dries out their cocoa beans. It's a really cool process that takes a lot of work and a lot of time. After our tour we looked around at some of the other things at the estate. They have some land turtles, some cool birds, and a talking parrot. The parrot didn't say much to us, but he did say "Polly want a cracker?"
|Our tour started out with a quiz of local fruits. All of these grow|
on the estate.
|The inside of a cocoa pod. We had to pull a bean out|
and suck the white stuff off of it. It was a really
nasty texture, but it didn't taste too bad.
|Cocoa beans fermenting under banana leaves and burlap|
|Cocoa beans drying out in a green house type of building|
|These drawers come out from under the green house|
building for the beans to dry out in the sun. They shuffle
their feet to stir the beans.
|One of the Atlantic beaches|
|Sunset at Magazine Beach|
|The clouds were really cool after sunset at the beach|
|Our calabash jack-o-lanterns|
|Evan thought it would be fun to make me a sand mermaid tail|
|In downtown on the water front|
|Evan at the old telephone booths we found downtown|
|Cool telephone booths on the waterfront|
Even though this week was full of stress and anxiety, it was one of my favorite weeks on the island so far. Evan did amazing on his midterms and we got to spend a wonderful weekend together before it was back to 24/7 studying.