Thursday, April 22, 2010

What we have learned so far

We have been in Freeport, Grand Bahamas for just over two weeks now and we are beginning to feel more comfortable with our surroundings. There are several things that we have learned along the way and I feel compelled to share them with you.

The very first thing a Bahamian man told me at the airport when we first arrived was “slowdown lady, no rush, you are in the Bahamas now” and boy has that proven right. No one moves very fast here. Hence, why we haven’t received our barrel yet.

The local people are extremely nice and will go out of their way to help you if you are nice to them. They will share their life stories with you and give you helpful tidbits about the island.

It is impolite NOT to look at people in the eyes, smile and say hello when you walk by. EVERYONE will say hello to you and smile. There is a man that sells news paper on the street near our home. Every morning I ride my bike by him and he bows to me, smiles and tells me “have a wonderful day princes”. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

For a $1.50-$2.00 the bus driver will take you just about anywhere in the city. Our first time using the bus system our driver gave us his phone number. Now, anytime we need a ride to the grocery store downtown (can’t walk there from our apartment), he will pick us up and drop us off.

For all intents and purposes, we are considered locals and therefore it is against the law to gamble at the local casino.

Thunderstorms are really scary since we are the highest point for miles around.

Wednesday is Fish Fry on the beach which is ½ mile from our apartment.

The first time we went to the grocery store we were afraid to buy anything because the prices were RIDICULOUSLY HIGH. 1 gallon of milk is $7.00. The other day we were at one of the stores and found green onion bundle for $14.00 and we couldn’t stop starring.

The beach is beautiful but it is still considered “COLD” here even though its 80 deg. So all the locals think we are crazy when we go to the beach to swim or jump in the pool.

Alcohol is really expensive. One beer is $3.00, even at the brewery. However, I did find a little Italian import store in the same shopping center as Ross that sells great Italian wine for a good price. You can find wine starting at $8/bottle. Not bad.

1 comment:

Rinny said...

Sounds like y'all have reall settled in and are finding your regular stops for things. We miss you horribly but am very happy that you have found what is important.....good wine. Good for you, Teddy! Hugs to you, Brandon and Miss Gabby!