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Too Many Choices

Dec 3, 2010


Location: Dominica
Author: Leah Shopneck
As today was filled to the brim with activity, there have been many tempting titles for this blog entry. You may therefore choose from the following 1. Our Fruitful Day 2. Chocolate and Puppies (compliments of the shipmates) 3. Best Day Ever (compliments of the shipmates) The day began as it typically does, with the the sun rising in the east, but this time over the beautiful country of Dominica. A favorite amongst the staff, we were excited to share this amazing place with the rest of the crew. Swimsuits, packed lunches and empty grocery bags in hand, we headed ashore in anticipation of an island tour with our good friend Sea Cat. As our vans raced around mountainous terrain of the island, every new bend in the road brought something new, from fruit to waterfalls. Provisioning bags slung over our shoulders, at one point we stopped at a grapefruit farm. Into the trees the shipmates went to throw down the citrusy delicious fruit. Throughout the day the van quickly began to fill up with more than enough fruit to feed us for a few weeks. Sea Cat made sure that we stopped at as many fruit stalls along the side of the road as possible to stock up on passion fruit, bananas and plantains, and also pull over for the free picking of mandarins, coconuts, coffee beans and coco beans that grow along the side of the road. In Carib country we ate cassava bread freshly baked over a wood fire. At another stop we shelled coco beans, crushed them up, and added a bit of sugar to make chocolate, all the while playing with puppies to Yeoman’s delight. With our stomachs full we decided it was time to stop eating and start swimming. In the cool crisp water of Emerald Falls and Trafalgar Falls we dove. Ending the day we took a dip in a natural hot spring before heading back to Argo. Now that is what I call experiencing Dominica.