Location: English Harbour, Antigua
My favorite part of Day 9 was going to see the city of St. Johns. It was a lot busier than I expected, and there were a ton of locals and tourists from a cruise ship. There were so many shops that it was overwhelming at first, but it was a lot of fun to explore such a large area. While I was shopping, it kept surprising me how nice and laid back all of the locals were. Everyone seemed to know each other, and they were just hanging out and happy to chat. It was really nice to get to listen to the shopkeepers talk about Antigua and learn something about the local culture. But I also really liked talking to the cab driver. He made me realize how community and family-oriented island life is. It seemed like he knew every 2 out of 3 people we passed on the way, and he kept honking and waving at them. He told us how big the families were around here (ten brothers and sisters and an aunt with 17 children, for example) and how everyone takes care of each other since the whole community is like one big family. In this way, I think Americans can learn a lot from them because even though they don’t have big mansions or even indoor plumbing, they have each other, and they seem a lot happier for it.