I'm back on the balcony with my morning coffee, watching the water. This is truely my idea of paradise. I feel so lucky for everything in my life that has led up to my being able to have these indulgences. I am happy to live modestly most the time, not that I ever lack for creature comforts, but I don't need fancy things if I can see new places and stay somewhere like this occasionally.
Monday night, after our drinks hit us kind of hard, we just ate cheese and crackers in the room and called it a night. Tues AM I returned the rental car and we went to see Davina, the German concierge, about swimming with the dolphins. We picked a company that will take us back out to stingray city after the dolphins. HaHaHaHa Got that set up for Wed AM, so had the day to just goof around. I had the most delicious massage and Connie has a pedicure. Olive came by and invited us to join them for dinner at Casanova, one of the better places on the island.
I asked Nealy, the doorman, if they would be bringing Herr Professor Dr Dr Rope a Dope Lover Boy out some time that day. Here's the Marriott way......Nealy called Walem, who came down and out came a gorgeous parrot. Walem has been his handler for 7 years and calls him Echo. He brought nuts to bribe "Echo" and he let me hold and love on him. It was pretty cool.
The rest of the day we hung out in chairs at the beach. The umbrella guy makes his rounds and repositions the umbrellas as the sun moves. We stayed in the shade as much as possible, both of us were red in places from Monday's outing. Besides I think that with the water and sand you can get enough reflected rays to get burned even under cover. Anyhow, on a chair, in and out of the water, William brought us drinks, it was a very good day.
We cleaned up for dinner and headed over to John and Olive's condo. On our way out the Marriott drive I spotted a turtle headed for the road. I stopped and picked him up, carried him through our lobby and put him in the stream with his brothers. I just didn't want him to get squished. John and olive live on the top floor of a 3 story building with a screened in porch that looks out over the water. The complex has it's own pool and their unit can be rented when they are not there. (Probably mucho dinero).
They drove to dinner, Casanova is an honest to god Italian restaurant, all painted in those buttery colors with murals of Italy everywhere. John and Olive are obviously regulars, we got quite a welcome with European kisses all around. The restaurant is right on the shore and the capacity expands with the weather. On a nice night, the tables are set right in the sand, as close to the water as they can go and down the pier all the way to a big dock. We sat out on the pier, a beautiful night with water and stars all around. The food, wine and service were excellent. I ate a parpadelle with chunks of tuna, tomato, olives and eggplant. Delish.
Olive's hair is all gray and I had always assumed they were older than me. Turns out only by a couple years. They met in Jr High in Newcomer's town and have been together forever. They are both MD's, John talked about college at OSU, and having flown planes over Vietnam. He worked for many years for the FDA, I think both are trained in dermatology. Not sure. He retired from the FDA, now consults with drug companies in other countries, helping them deal with their regulatory agencies.
They are both smart and funny and have traveled a great deal. John still does and I lost count of how many languages he speaks. Olive manages the business end of the consulting and has to fly to the US for a day to two every so often to do their banking. I didn't get the whole story but somehow because they are not Caymanian, they can't have bank accounts here. An attempt to discourage money laundering? Anyhow we drank 2 bottles of wine and laughed and talked. For all their wealth and privelege they are pretty down to earth. Their son gave them discs of Breaking Bad for Christmas so we talked about that and John's new fascination with Notan, a Japanese design concept. Looked it up this am and it is a very interesting use of positive and negative space. John is learning to speak Japanese as he wil lbe traveling there more.
After dinner we went over to a shallow pool by some other tables and found a whole group of tarpons swimming in this little shallow area. They have gotten used to getting food scraps from the 3 nearby restaurants and hang out. A couple looked to be 4 feet long or larger. The wildlife here is amazing. That being said, I'm off to join the dolphins and rays.