Woke up on NCL’s Epic to another beautiful day, this time in St. Thomas. My junior traveler and I grabbed some breakfast before heading out to explore. Everyone else must have had the same plan because the buffet was packed. But itâ€™s so big, it was still no problem to find a table to enjoy a quick bagel in coffee.
When I disembarked on St. Thomas, opted to take a shuttle â€œdowntownâ€ to once again track down all of the freebies in the coupon book. You can walk. But it was hot and the walk can be upwards of forty-five minutes long. I managed to gather quite a collection of goodies that day that my junior traveler was excited to share with friends. I even lucked out on a few contests they offered to cruisers and won a few cook bracelets.
After several hours on my feet and a very hot, stuffy shuttle ride, I made it back to the ship. I could not wait to take a nap. But my side kick could not get herself to the pool fast enough. So, after lunch, she and I parted ways for the afternoon. One of the perks of being on a ship, on NCL anyway, you can feel safe letting your eleven-year-old play with her friends on the slides without you being right there. My kind of vacation!
After a quality disco nap, I ventured over to the shops where I found a groovy little jewelry line, also under Lisa Kohanâ€™s Sea of Ice line, called Mystic Winds. It looks vintage, but it actually newly handmade in Bellows Falls, Vermont. They call it â€œwearable art at sea.â€ The cool part was how nothing was glued on like most of the junk you find these days. It was all soldered and made from semi-precious stones, glass beads, Austrian crystal, brass, and copper. Hey, I like my jewelry. Seems only fair that I share my finds!
Jenny Block is the author of â€œOpen: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriageâ€ (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 â€œSex Talk with Jenny Blockâ€ (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.