Location: English Harbour, Antigua

We woke up this morning and were greeted by a gorgeous pink and orange sky enveloping the steep hills and quaint hotels that border us here as we are tied up on the dock in English Harbor. This is the first time we have been back on the dock since we left West End in Tortola to begin our voyage, and boy were we excited. The perks of being docked include shore showers and restrooms, the proximity of a restaurant called Paparazzi, and freedom from our usual nightly anchor watch rotation. After a quick yogurt breakfast, we set to work on a full morning of BA (boat appreciation). The tasks performed included washing the whole deck as well as the hull, cleaning every surface in the saloon and galley, tidying up our personal spaces, and so on. We had a stir fry meal to recharge our batteries after that taxing cleaning party, and then it was time for our EFR (Emergency First Responder) exam. We had to pass both a written test and a practical in order to become certified. Afterward, we had a couple of hours to ourselves to study and get ready for our big night out at Shirley Heights, a place that we had been hearing about since the first week of this trip. The whole crew was giddy with excitement as we hiked up the hill to arrive at our destination, the noise of steel drums and the smell of barbecue gripping the senses. We made it up just in time to catch the sunset from one of Nat Geo’s top 10 sunset locations in the world. We watched the light fade from a watercolor sky and trickled down towards the stage among a crowd of people, eager to dance the night away.