We arrived at the Grand Pineapple Resort yesterday in time to unpack, shower and eat dinner. Craig and I met a couple of English ladies, Liz and Janet, at the bar while we waited for the other half to arrive. They were quite interested in our lives in the Arctic and the conversations were brilliant! We also explored the resort and waited for Sandy and Keith to arrive at 9:30pm. They showered and we all met at the main bar to have a night cap. While there we met some more great English people, and by the end of the evening we were laughing and sharing stories with each other, needless to say we closed the bar down a few hours later.
This morning we woke to the crashing sounds of the waves hitting the beach and when we went outside our balcony much to our surprise there were some mongooses making love to each other. This is the first time we have seen mongooses and Antigua has plenty roaming freely on the island. Another free animal is the cat, which we have come to love and of course feed whenever we head for a bite to eat.
We met Sandy and Keith for breakfast and we had a few visitors, it seems like all of the island's birds show up the same time for breakfast. You learn very quickly to cover and guard any food or drink that is on the table as these creatures are not scared to sneak a bite off your plate. We read that some people didn't like the begging cats or the birds but all of us don't mind at all - actually I think we all kinda enjoy having them around.
After breakie we headed up the trail, past our rooms to Mary's Outhouse, a very rustic restaurant which serves a mean BBQ daily from noon to 4:30pm. The views from the top are amazing and we could of stayed there all day but the beach was calling our names. We visited the beach vendors and Sandy and I bought a beautiful ankle each, which the local ladies make. We decided that today was going to be a day of rest and relaxation but it ended up with Sandy and Craig playing 3 games of beach volleyball...so much for relaxing.
Tonight we feasted on a fine dinner of Jerk Cornish Hens and Pork Tenderloin - both with all of the fixings. (and yes we fed the regular cats that joined us for dinner). Tomorrow is the Manager's Cocktail Party being held at the Garden Gazebo at 5:00 - 6:00pm local time, so if you go to the resort's website you just might see us waving back at you.