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St. Kitts Trip Report

Author: Helen Reeder
Date of Trip: April 2006

We do not have to check out of our condo until noon on this day and we continue our routine and read and relax most of the morning. Packing is a simple deal. With the washer-dryer I have kept up on the dirty clothes so there is a minimum to wash on our return.

We left lots of food in the refrigerator like mayo, milk, veggies, fruit etc that I hope the maid could put to good use.

We went over to the airport at 11:30 in hopes we could secure exit seats again and we were able to. We checked our bags with no problems. They did go through our suitcases but with courtesy and none of the attitude we had heard about. Then we left to go and have some lunch off the airport. We chose Bopsy's.

John chose the St Kitts plate with Marlin. For whatever reason I did the same (and you know I know I don't like St Kitts food) and I got mine with stewed lamb. The stewed lamb was fine but the rest of the plate-yuck! The pumpkin fritters were pumpkin dollar size pancakes. The macaroni and cheese was straight out of a Krafts box and it was dried out to boot. The vegetables looked great--eggplant and carrots etc but had no seasonings and were blah. I left almost a full plate while my boyfriend devoured his. Will someone remind me not to order Kittian food again?

Despite the food we truly came to love St Ktts. It is a beautiful slow moving island with its own special charm. We are so glad we came at this time before it will inevitably become "Americanized" and the monstrous Marriott resort will merely be one of many. This will be sad to see.

I am hopeful the people of St Kitts will have time and knowledge to absorb the changes that will happen to their beautiful island. It is inevitable with more and more expensive resorts and construction the disparity between the haves and havenots will be more apparent. I am hopeful this will not lead to a social decline and greater incidence of crime. I pray they keep their integrity and culture while we invade.

It was a great vacation for us and we came home renewed and refreshed. We want to thank all of you on this board who have been so patient and generous with your hints and suggestions. I am hopeful our experience will be helpful to those coming to St Kitts in the future. Our flights home were fine and not a problem. The hotel where we parked the car took over an hour to pick us up. Then once on the highway we had a flat tire on the most dangerous strip of I-91! AAA took over an hour to come! We arrived home at 2 am instead of 10 pm -- but ignoring our problems once on the ground here in Ct and just relaxed and remembering forever our St Kitts experience! Helen and John

Any questions ? Fire away. H .

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