Sunday, November 25, 2007

Well, if you have made it to this website, you are probably toying with the idea of whether or not you can make it to our wedding. Unfortunately, unlike many cultures of the world, we can't pay your ticket here... BUT, we can give you information about where to stay on our island. First off, when you google search anything, remember this is a 'west end' wedding, meaning Frederiksted not Christiansted. If you scroll down and to the right, there is a google map with some details of St. Croix. You can zoom for more or less detail.

AIR TICKETS to STX:
www.aa.com has the best rates. Really. There is one flight a day from Miami(MIA)to STX, but it is more $$ that going through Puerto Rico. If you want the adventure and the budget, you can take a flight to St. Thomas (STT) and take Cape Air from there to here. But, honestly, go to www.aa.com and search by price for tickets to STX. I will let you know on this site now, when there are deals.

ACCOMODATIONS:
We are having the private and more intimate ceremony at Cottages By the Sea and we have held all the rooms there until the end of February. Please call and let them know you are calling for our wedding and they will also give you 15% off and let you add beds for no additional charge. The rooms are A/C, full kitchen, and on the beach. Sandcastles on the Beach is next door, if we fill up. But, I hear they don't like loud guests and there are no kitchens in the rooms.

Mt Victory Camp is a camping area in the rainforest that we can rent out for more budget accomodations (mainly you RPCVs reading this). The rainforest is beautiful and if we rent this, we may have a party one night of the week there...

Also, the Frederiksted Hotel is in town next to Blue Moon (where I work one night a week). And Sandcastles is right next to Cottages, if we book up. There is also a small beach rental for 4 people at www.macsbeachhouse.com that is still available (contact us for it).

As for car rentals, I'll work on that list next...cause all the good ones aren't necessarily online. I listed Olympic Rentals on the side bar. But, honestly, let's do that last since Christmas Season is here which means the prices are higher now.

Hope this helps, please email us with questions.... we can help and we are really glad you are considering coming!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Blue Bay Jazz Festival

Wow. What a fabulous weekend. The Blue Bay Jazz Festival came started in Frederiksted with a first (hopefully annual) festival. We worked at Blue Moon, but we were so right in the middle of the action all weekend... we had such a blast. On Saturday night, Allan decided to close the restaurant for a half hour so we could go watch the opening act. We went out and danced and shouted and reved ourselves up for a busy busy night. The music was fabulous. Then we worked a great shift at Blue Moon with a full staff and it ran super smooth. The band later was also fabulous and it was so packed you couldn't move at all in the restaurant. The picture below was taken while I was cocktailing when Trombone Shorty jumped in with the band and just wailed on his trumbone! Today is Sunday and when I get Ethan out of bed (he deserves to sleep late), we are heading to the beach. Last weekend we poured the wall of the house (so next comes ROOF) and there are some added pictures to the House album which I have linked to in the slideshow below.

The last fun update is the website that I have almost finished for Blue Moon. It is a work related project but one that I am very excited about, so I can show you all my favorite restaurant. Blue Moon Restaurant


The slideshow of my Blue Bay Jazz Fest pictures:



And the slideshow of house progress:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Our New Home

It's official. We have our own place. Ethan and I left Samoa together in July of 2006 although I don't think we qualify as vagabonds, we finally have settled into our own cozy little apartment. Actually, it's not that little, maybe a bit rundown, but we are doing our best to make it fabulous. Ethan is fixing everything - and I am decorating. We are finally putting together the many boxes that have been stored at multiple parent homes before/during/after Peace Corps and in the course of our travels, then as we slowly figured out where and how we were going to live next.

The great news is we have an extra twin bed and a comfy couch for visitors. Ethan is actually pretending to read a book right now on the couch and dosing very nicely. We are downtown Frederiksted, which poses new issues. I have never lived in a city. And we have some characters, some that aren't so honest, that sometimes pass by or stop for a 'quat' (quarter). But, I know some of the faces from Blue Moon (which is down the street and around the corner). Looking on the positive, if I cared to get my carwashed, I would definately have someone to do it. Actually, this is a serious issue in St. Croix. There are many street people in both of our towns and there is little support for those with mental issues. I worked on the final touches of the website for Ten Thousand Helpers of St. Croix and they support and provide some housing for the homeless and when I can, I will try to support them more.

So, what else.... wedding plans are coming along. We were a bit distracted with the Detroit wedding of Corey and Nikki and then this whole moving thing, so we still don't have a roof on the house...but I am hopeful for Christmas.

I promise to start taking pictures again, but for now all ya get is words.

Catch ya latah. Fa.