I woke up on NCL’s Epic today docked at St. Maartin today and after a quick coffee and bagel, I took a water taxi over to the shopping area. My daughter and I had a blast tracking down all of the free gifts that the coupon book I had gotten on board had promised. There were tons of shops and lots of great deals. But after a few hours though, I was ready to call it a day. The shopping was great. But the day was getting very hot.

Two other ships were docked at St. Maartin at well. So there were a ton of people in town and on the beach. I was happy to get back on board the Epic and spend the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the pool and enjoying a yummy lunch. Then I decided to try my hand at a few rounds of bingo. I didn’t win, but it didn’t really matter. It was fun to do something that I would never do at home and with their “full meal deal,” I got a groovy tote bag and t-shirt to remember the occasion.

Tonight’s sunset was beautiful. It’s not every day that you get to watch the sun fall into the ocean and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Jenny-Block-Publicity-Shot-250Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.