BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, West Indies – Oct. 14, 2013 – Three American citizens recently spent seven days touring the island federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, arriving on October 4 and returning home this past Friday.
The visitors arrived loaded down with a surprising amount of luggage, most of which turned out to be filled with clothing, foodstuffs, towels, laundry detergent and other gifts for their student hosts. They had obviously done their research as to the most appropriate way to ingratiate themselves to a poor veterinary student and his jobless wife.
As the week progressed, however, it became increasingly apparent that the island was on its best behavior for these distinguished visitors. No giant centipedes were found anywhere in or around the Missus’ house, no monkeys appeared in the yard to torment the dogs, temperatures stayed relatively mild, and all customer service representatives were pleasant and prompt.
Despite being irritatingly unable to experience true island life due to these anomalies, the Americans were able to visit Brimstone Hill National Fortress, drive the island loop, get a glimpse of the Ross University campus and take a harrowing drive down the peninsula road to enjoy fresh lobster on Reggae Beach.
In fact, all the drives were harrowing, since the Missus, considered an “insurance liability,” was not permitted to drive the rental car. The visitors, with zero island driving experience, drove instead –creating a significant “insurance liability” as they toured island roads at half the speed limit, stopped inside roundabouts, almost rolled backwards down steep hills and screamed at every single pothole, regardless of size.
However, the guests were miraculously able to leave the island on Friday virtually unharmed and returned to American soil safely.
Meanwhile, the Missus is gearing up for another exciting week.
“First of all, I’m excited to announce that I’ve been contacted by the Office of University Relations counterpart here at Ross to discuss possible freelance writing opportunities,” she said. “Apparently the whole office reads and loves my blog. I knew they had found it, but I never thought they would contact me and want me to write for them. I am very honored and excited to get back into the writing world.”
She is also learning how to force a puppy to swallow medication in preparation for the dog’s upcoming spay surgery. The puppy, however, will only live to have the surgery if she stops overturning trashcans and spreading their contents around the house in the wee hours of the morning.
The Missus and the Mister are also looking for new housing options and are excited to soon have their first island home all to themselves, away from the giant centipedes. Updates on the apartment search will be provided as they become available.
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