Note: I know what’s going on with Covid-19 is big news, and yes as a transplant patient family we have begun social distancing but I am going to keep this post light and virus free, especially as I’m getting grumpy as my month in Turkey now probably won’t happen 😊 p.s. Wash you hands………..
For Steve’s 40th birthday this year we had decided to go all out. You’re only 40 once and as Betty is slowly on her way out we knew we needed to get our holidays in sooner rather than later. So on Valentine’s Day we set off to Gatwick Airport and flew with British Airways to Barbados in the Caribbean.
Now we have been lucky enough to travel all over the world and usually we tick a place off of our map and say ‘That was nice, let’s go somewhere different next time’. The only places we would go to again would be Turkey and New Zealand. However Barbados has since been added to that short list. We adored the people, the food ( check out christyeats.com and christyeatsfoodblog on Insta), the lifestyle, all of it. What a great country. We stayed in a lovely family run hotel on the West coast for the first week, enjoying eating out every night. We went fishing, toured the island and Steve even played golf. It was fabulous.
Then for the second week we travelled to the port and boarded the Royal Clipper. We have never been on a cruise before but figured it was a good way to see lots of places in a short time and in absolute luxury.
Now from the start we knew we would be the youngest couple on the ship but that meant we made lots of ‘adoptive grandparents’ on board. We met some lovely lovely people and will hopefully stay in touch with a few of them. We felt very included and very young for a change 😂 even when they all sang happy birthday to Steve at dinner with the help of the restaurant band.
So whilst on this cruise we visited Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, St Kitts, Il Des Saintes and Martinique. Each island was unique and I got magnets and pins for my collection where I could. We also did excursions on most of the islands but particularly enjoyed our ‘sea scooter adventure’ in Antigua. I’m a really weak swimmer so the opportunity to swim out at sea with a little machine to pull you along (think James Bond in Thunderball) was fabulous. We got to swim with rays and turtles and we actually got quite far out. Plus whilst singing the Bond theme in my head I felt very cool, until I saw the pictures of myself in the snorkelling mask. Then I just looked like a squished potato.
I also managed to climb the mast of the ship and I was properly proud of myself as it nearly killed me. I am so unfit!
Anyway, other than the first night where we slept awfully it was lovely. Would we go on a cruise again? Doubtful but you never know. It would be a good way to see countries I’m not supposed visit as the food on the ship would negate the need for me to risk food poisoning on the land. The food on the clipper was beautiful but I’ll take showering in a stable shower over a swaying one any day. I have so many bruises from bumping into things it’s ridiculous.
Once home I had arranged a surprise birthday meal for Steve which he thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped me arrange and keep it all secret. That might have been our last night out for a while!
I have since had a blood test which shows no improvement in Betty’s function despite me losing 10.5 pounds since January, but we are still hopeful. Now I am working from home I can concentrate on drinking more (I hardly ever drink at work) and resting more. I am doing lots of cooking now I have started Slimming World and am enjoying my food blogging to keep me occupied. I will be doing a separate Barbados food blog on the website I dropped above.
Thanks for reading everyone and stay safe. Xx