Wednesday, March 31, 2010
After dinner we walked to a local grocery store. The sticker shock came in the first aisle when we saw a regular box of Teddy Grahams for $7.59. Seriously? I knew food was expensive, but this was crazy! We all know that I'm a super frugal shopper, so this was certainly a challenge for me. I quickly became thankful for the trail mix, Chex Mix, and other snacks (all of which I got with coupons for FREE) that I had stashed in my carry on bag for the trip. By the way, I saw Chex Mix for sale for $6.75 a bag. I told Steven I should have brought over my 30 free bags that I have in the pantry and sold those here! As we strolled up and down the aisles we continued to be amazed by the prices. We skipped over the $9.99 bottle of fruit juice and selected a gallon of water and a 6-pack of Diet Coke on sale. It took all I had in me to allow the $8.39 smallest jar of peanut butter into our cart, as pictures of two giant jars from Sam's Club for less than that floated in my head! We passed on the jelly and finally found a box of crackers that was under $5. My favorite sight in the store was a bag of chips with a printed price of 99 cents and a price tag placed over it for $3.19. Talk about a price markup!
$33.74 later, we left with a few carefully selected items to get us through breakfasts and lunches this week!
There are three pools at the hotel, but two of them seem like mutiple pools because they have so many sections, wrapping around waterfalls and bridges.
The center pool is heated and has a swim up area to order drinks. You can see from this picture that the beach is right beyond the pool area. There is also a poolside restaurant, a place to get beach towels for the day, a kids area with constant activities, and of course, little tiki huts on the beach.
You know I had to keep the tradition of giving you a video tour of our room. So here it is, our room at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. We're staying on the third floor, which is actually the lobby level, although not ground level from the back of the hotel. Ours is the first room off of the lobby, which is nice and convenient.
We flew to Orlando and had a layover for just a few hours. I explored the airport and rode the tram back and forth between terminals a few times in search of food. Chick-fil-a nuggets in hand and it was time to board our next flight. As we neared our destination, the view from the plane window was beautiful. You can see lots of little islands and the cool blue/green shade of the ocean.The flight from Orlando, FL to Nassau, Bahamas was a quick 55 minutes. We sat on the plane for another 30 minutes once we landed, waiting for a gate to become available. They don't assign gates to incoming planes, I guess it works on a first come first serve basis. The wait didn't bother me since I just took another nap!
Once we arrived to the Bahamas Airport, we learned that nobody is in a hurry to do anything here! We waited in a room full of hundreds of other people to get through the lines at Immigration. During the wait Steven and I decided we would do well to move here and teach them a few things to improve their efficiency. They checked our passports, took our immigration cards (for visitors) that we filled out on the plane, then allowed us through to collect our checked luggage. After we found our luggage (thankfully still there since it had been just sitting for probably 2 hours), they checked our passports once again (not sure why) and we were allowed to exit the airport. We took a cab ride from the airport to our hotel. The cabs are all old beat up vans and the drivers, as in other cities, like to honk often. It was quite an experience to drive down the leftside of the road and go left at a round-a-bout instead of right! Some cars even have the driverseat on the rightside. It's strange to have to stop and think about which way to look for traffic when crossing the street. We arrived at our hotel and were pleased to see that it looked really nice. As we waited in line to get checked into our hotel room, we we reminded again that unlike the US, nobody was in much of a hurry at their jobs! I guess we could learn a thing or two about slowing down and being patient!