Scenes from Freeport, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay and the Everglades

I can’t believe it was already a month ago that I set sail on the Norwegian Sky for a four day cruise to the Bahamas! (This cruise was actually purchased on Groupon for $400 round trip. Crazy cheap, and I was a little nervous at first about how a Groupon travel deal would work, but everything went perfectly. Now I’ll be scoping Groupon, too, when I’m planning vacations!)  Below are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. The Bahamas were beautiful, but I’m spoiled rotten to have been to many gorgeous Caribbean locations, so it was hard to top the majestic mountains and beach of St. Lucia, for example. Matt and I mostly enjoyed relaxing on the beach for four days, sipping beers and dacquiris while listening to reggae music float out from beachside bars. We did a sting-ray excursion on the island of Great Stirrup Cay, and that was awesome. I’ll try to blog later this week about our experiences with the rays, or as I call them, the cats of the sea. We finished our trip with an airboat ride in the Everglades, where we saw lots of cranes, egrets, and tiny baby alligators.

Have a tremendous Tuesday!

What’s up, Wednesday: Three things

Howdy doo! I wanted to share a few things on my mind this week 🙂

1) I’ve been reading a ton lately, and the book I’ve enjoyed most recently is The Rosie Project. This book details a brilliant, Autistic genetics professor who embarks on a personal project to find himself a wife. He gets an unexpected turn when he ends up helping a student try to identify the father she never knew. I won’t tell you any more of the story, but I loved reading from the perspective of somebody who sees the world so bluntly in black and white, and the professor’s quirky habits were always worth a giggle. This is a great light read for a beach day, a Sunday hanging around the house, or on the train or bus as you commute to work.

 

2) I stumbled upon this quote on Pinterest and I adored it instantly. I decided I had to make a quote graphic out of it, so here it is!

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3) I’m turning 30 next month, and I’m going to New York City! WOOHOO! I have only been once for a quick 36 hours, so I’m looking forward to exploring more at my leisure. I definitely want to see the statue of Liberty, Book of Mormon, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, Natural History Museum… what else should I be sure to catch? Definitely let me know.. and if you have any suggestions for places to eat, tell me that, too! We’re staying in Park Slope, Brooklyn, as we found it much more affordable than the city.


That’s all I got for now: I want to share some pix from my trip to the Bahamas later this week. As an FYI, the Rosie Project link is an affiliate link, so if you happened to buy the book I might make 4c. 🙂 Have an awesome day!

 

The Hemingway House: a Cat Lover’s Paradise

Matt and I recently took a vacation to Key West and the Bahamas, by way of a totally snazzy Groupon deal I got ($400 for two for a four night cruise to the Bahamas! Deal alert!). Before our cruise, we drove down to Key West so we could check out this quaint island town and the home of writer Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway saw this abandoned house in 1929 and fell in love with its unique stylings, having been built by a ship architect and captain in 1851. With Victorian touches and a plantation style wrap-around porch and shutters, this house is perfect to imagine sitting with a cool glass of lemonade, flipping the pages of a favorite book, and scratching a few wandering kittens.

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.56.28 PMWhile the house itself is gorgeous, I was most taken with Hemingway’s cats — all said to be descendants of his first cat, Snowball, that he got from the docks of Keywest. There are currently 50 cats that live on the property and receive medical attention and care through the Hemingway Foundation. There are truly cats everywhere — and in this picture, you can see our tour guide doling out some treats, which brought them all running. See Joe DiMaggio’s paw? (Yep, that’s his real name) He’s a polydactyl, which means he has five toes instead of four. Many of the cats at Hemingway house have five toes. (I at first wrote pterodactyl and then was like… wait, that’s not right.)

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Because the cats are such an important part of the house, they even have their own graveyard. Hemingway liked to name his cats after famous people. Can you imagine if he was alive today? There would be Lady GaGa’s, Obamas, and Angelina Jolies.

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The house still has much of Hemingways’ original furniture, like this gorgeous bed in the master bedroom.

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To commemorate our visit, of course we had to get something for the cats… so lucky for them, the Hemingway Home Bookshop sells reproductions of 1940’s style Hemingway-esque cat bowls. Lucia and Ollie are loving slurping their water from this very fine literary vessel.

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 9.25.50 PMIf you’re planning a trip to Key West, definitely stop by the Hemingway House. Even if you don’t love cats, you’ll love seeing where this tremendous writer set up shop and wrote many of his masterpieces.