Beach, Shopping, and Interesting Food

June 9 – Wednesday

We had a nice morning, relaxing in our room and enjoyed a leftover meal of pasta marinara for lunch.  Then we headed to Shoal Bay Beach for a fun in the sand and water.  Gabriel was a hoot to watch at the beach.  He went right into the water, getting his feet wet, and then running away from the waves.  Then the waves would retreat and he would run towards them again and then run away when they were coming towards him.  He would squeal and laugh and he had a great time, finally (see it in our video coming soon).  He enjoyed playing in the sand and of course got it all over him.  He took a nap in his stroller as well.  Ezekiel and I played a new game in the water.  We both laid on our bellies in the shallow part of the water, mainly in the sand, feet toward the ocean and let the waves crash over us.  It was the most fun when the waves would be so strong that they moved us.  Sometimes we got so excited and tickled at ourselves that we swallowed some salt water, but it was so much fun!  Ezekiel said, “this is more fun than everything!”  Ezekiel and Josh did another fun game in the water by sitting Indian style on the sand in the shallow part facing the ocean, letting the waves crash over them .

While on the beach, I met a really nice couple from England, Mark and Celia.  They are leaving on Saturday and will have been here for 5 weeks then.  They were telling us of all the places to go, eating and shopping and entertainment, but were shocked at how much we already knew and how much we had already done.  We have already done some things that they wished that they had done, but didn’t find out about them in time.  We talked for at least 30 minutes.  So far we have met:  family of 4 from Germany, family of 6 from Pennsylvania, a couple from Rhode Island who lives here now, Tom from Canada (whom we’ve mentioned before), a couple from Connecticut, a lady from Florida (whose sister lives here), of course some Angullian’s,  and I’m sure we have left out someone.

So, after the beach, we cleaned up and went to Ripples for dinner.  They have an Early Bird Special on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for $12.  Their special Wednesday was “Fish and Chips” with peas and Indian Chicken Curry dish with chutney and a cream sauce to lessen the spiciness of it.  We got one of each and the boys split pasta alfredo.  However, the boys enjoyed my fish and fries more than their pasta, so they split a piece of fish, while I ate their pasta.  All-in-all we all got full on what we wanted.

After dinner, we went back to the Arawak Beach Inn and enjoyed the live music performance and then back to the room for bed.  It rained for about 5 minutes and one point, then another 5 minutes a little later.  Other that, it was a quiet night.

June 10 – Thursday

We didn’t get out of our room until around 10, but then headed to Le Bon Pain for breakfast at the French Pastry place we went to on Saturday.  We ordered the exact same thing, but then added a raisin cinnamon roll and instead of pineapple pastry, they had blueberry. This time we remembered to take photos.

After breakfast, we went to the Drug Store, which doesn’t even sell any kind of medicines.  No one is sure why they call it the “Drug Store” but they have for years, so I guess it stuck.  They had a lot of toys, t-shirts of all sizes that have Anguilla on them, lots of other souvenirs, etc.  It was a neat shop and I wished that we had gotten to enjoy it more, but the lady running the shop was watching us like a hawk after Ezekiel accidentally knocked a little wire thing over that was just in the way.  Then Gabriel was playing with a bunch of empty hangers and those were rattling around so one of the workers came running over for inspection and gave us a harsh look.  They weren’t doing any harm or breaking anything, just being boys.  So, instead of taking them out in the hot sun or wasting gas in the car, I decided to take them through the store to find them something to quietly do.  We found some books and puzzles and it kept them busy and quiet.  But, of course, the lady had to inspect that they weren’t getting into anything again.  So we high-tailed it out of there after she came over there and took away the one book Gabriel was looking at the puzzle Ezekiel was playing with. This was our only bad experience so far. Everyone else, by far, has been so nice and talkative.

So then we went to a couple of other stores and made sure the boys weren’t getting into anything so no one thought we were trouble makers.  Before we could stop to get any lunch, both boys had conked out in the car.  Josh went into the Roti Hut and ordered a beef roti and a chicken roti that came with mashed potatoes with some veggies stirred in and grilled plantains (see pictures).  It was really good, but we could only eat half, so there’s another lunch for us both.  We ate in the parking lot at Shoal Bay Beach so that the boys could finish their naps, but Gabriel woke up as soon as we got there.

After we ate, we drove back to the room and gave the boys their lunch, hoping they would finish their naps afterward.  However, after trying for an hour, we gave up and went to the pool.  Then for dinner we stayed in and made a simple chicken and rice dish and spent a quiet evening enjoying the cool breeze and the crashing waves of the ocean.  It’s beautiful here.  We love it!

One Response to “Beach, Shopping, and Interesting Food”

  • Hey guys thanks for the update. I was thrilled to hear the boys ate something other than pasta Alfredo. Maybe their world travels will help their culinary tastes to expand beyond pasta and cheese…ya think? I’ll check out the picture updates a little later when I have some extra time. Anybody getting homesick yet?

    Poppa D