I see a cruise ship come in at about 7:30 am, the first one of the season.
First cruise ship of the season
Didn't look too promising when I first got up
Rotten rain, ruining my last day here
At 1:30, with no sign of the rain letting up, they decide to go to their room and I decide to have lunch at the restaurant. I order a pita wrap which is delicious and served with lovely crunchy fries - under $7 Canadian, a very good deal. I am the only person at the restaurant and have only seen one other group dining here the entire time I've been walking back and forth to the beach for the past 10 days. I don't know how they stay in business. The food is really good so maybe they will get busy once the season starts, next month.
After delaying as long as I possibly can, I finally walk back to my hotel in the drizzle carrying two very heavy, soaked through towels along with my usual bag of stuff. Exhausting!
When I get there, the cleaning staff is just finishing up and I call Alison over, the girl who was getting my room ready the day I arrived here. I thank her for everything and give her all the EC cash I have left (about $25 and change) and also give her the pop-up floaty I brought with me but didn't use - I will have NO room for that in my bag on the trip home. She says her daughter will love it. I can't believe she is a mom, I thought she was about 17 but turns out she's a lot older and married! We hug and say good-bye and she says she is sad to see me go and hopes I come back one day.
There's nothing much to do but take a shower, and then lay on the bed and read till it is time to get ready for dinner. It is dark by 6:30 when Amy and John pick me up in their rental jeep, and we head off to La Phare Bleu, about half an hour away, for the Friendship Table dinner.
There are more people at the dinner than last week. And tonight the meal will be served family style - bowls of steaming food to pass around. When we are seated, a couple sit across from us and they have some other people with them. We introduce ourselves and they are Jana and Dieter. We find out half way through the meal that they are the owners of Le Phare Bleu, which is more than just a restaurant, it is a gorgeous resort that they built from the ground up. They are originally from Switzerland and the rest of their group is family over for a visit. She delights in telling us how, one Sunday a month, the resort holds what they call a Dinghy Concert, out in the bay, where the cruisers come in their dinghies, raft together, and live music is played by various musicians set up on a floating stage. I have heard of these concerts from Mike Sweeny, who is a cruiser and spends summers in Grenada. I've seen pictures of it on his blog and it looks like a lot of fun. She gets her husband, Dieter, to put a CD of one of the concerts on the TV over the bar. We watch and it really looks like a very good time.
The food tonight is Mexican and it is very good. Jana tells us how they are losing their staff and some of their chefs to the new and huge Sandals resort that is almost completed, not far away. She said it is proving to be a big issue for many of the more established resorts as they need so many staff at Sandals and are actively poaching all the hotels and resorts. She is worried that they won't be able to keep everything operating properly. Again I think, if I was trained in hotel services, or bartending, I could get a job in a snap here. But then again, I am really looking forward to getting home and seeing my family. I especially miss my little granddaughter. She has completely wrecked the whole notion of me ever living in the Caribbean, at least for more than a few months at a time.
Amy and John, my new beach friends
One thing I won't miss around here and that is the noisy people next door. Seriously!