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Video Tour of the Arawak

One note before starting this post: I’ve added photo galleries so make sure you check out the pages from the main blog menu. I’ll be updating throughout the trip. Back to business: I wanted to make a video tour of the Arawak for us to look back on with fond memories for years to come and decided to go ahead and share with everyone. Some of the commentary is a little hard to make out because of the wind. There is always a breeze here that makes the heat so much more bearable. When I get to our little blue house you cannot hear me at all. What I’m describing are all the conch shells Ezekiel decided to gather and line up on our porch. At last count I think we’re up to 25 or so. Because of the constant winds and breezes most places do not have air conditioning. The nicer 4 and 5 star resorts that cater to us spoiled Americans have AC. The small inn we are staying in does not. The last several days have been unusually humid so the inn keeper brought us a couple of floor fans from her home for us to use in our room. She is super nice and super helpful. It’s like a big extended family. I’ll have Shauna give an update of the happenings over the past several days sometime today or tomorrow.

After our video tour we all jumped in the pool so I added that video too making a total of 5 short videos below. Enjoy!

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We’ve arrived!

Hey everyone!

It was an impossibly long day, but we’ve arrived. I could not sleep at all last night thinking about everything and making sure all the ducks were in a row. I tried sleeping on both sides, back, stomach, with my head at the foot of the bed and finally fell asleep on the floor for about an hour before my alarm went off at 4am! We drug the boys out of bed at 5am and headed to the airport. We had a 1 hr flight from Lexington to Charlotte and then 4 hr flight to St Martin. Then a 20 min cab ride from the airport to the port after we cleared immigration and customs. Then we had a 30 minute wait for the ferry. Then we had a 20 min ride to Anguilla. Then we had to clear immigration and customs again. Then we had a 20 minute cab ride to our destination. We finally arrived almost 12 hours after leaving the house. Our boys did AMAZINGLY well on virtually no sleep. Ezekiel loved the airplane. He was sooo excited! Well, we are getting ready to hit the sack, but wanted to let everyone know we have arrived and our vacation is beginning! No internet in the room yet. Cable company is supposed to fix tomorrow (fingers crossed) so for now I have to come down to the restaurant or sit by the pool for wireless internet access.

Pictures and more coming soon!


Our Home Away From Home – Arawak Beach Inn

Arawak Beach While in Anguilla we will be staying at the Arawak Beach Inn. You can see the property in the distance. They have 8 duplexes (top/bottom) and a single unit.
View from the Ocean In this view you can see all 8 units plus if you look very closely to the right you can see the rooftop and blue paint of the single unit in front of and between the 2nd and 3rd units from the right. This single unit is the one we will be staying in.
A bedroom Here is a picture of the inside of a room. Ours will have a king size 4-post bed like the one pictured here.
Scilly Cay This is Scilly Cay – a stone’s throw off the island from where we are staying. Essentially a small mound of sand. They have one building there that is a restaurant. You go down to the dock, wave your hand and they send a boat over to get you. They serve freshly caught, grilled lobster and salads (No electricity).