St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
The first few days back from a vacation or time away from the normal day-to-day life is always a little shocking. It takes a while to adapt to the impending work, massive email catch up, and coordinating schedules of life in general. I can’t wait to share a lot of the details from our trip to St. John – one of the most gorgeous islands out there. Instead of regular posting, this week I’ll be sharing a few photos that capture the essence of our trip as only a photo can. Also, as the majority of my trip was spent in a bathing suit and/or dress cover up, there are very few outfit photos to show (I didn’t wear ANY of the accessories I brought – tan lines and sandals were all I needed). We had a few near death experiences, called 911, made runs to the health clinic and battled a sinking kayak. In between this, we saw three foot iguanas scaling trees, donkeys, sea turtles, manta rays and even a lion fish. And to top it off, we lounged in our villa with beach access, drank smoothies (rum was optional) and danced to island music. If I could take away anything from our trip it would be these few lessons:
- Days and time do not matter. Seriously – when asked, a local had to stop and count back the days in his head to tell us what day it was. Take life slowly, learn to relax!
- Spend time with your friends and family. We went seven days with family, in-laws, nieces, nephew, uncle and aunt. It was crazy, nerve wracking, annoying, but most of all filled with laughter.
- Buckle up. They may put rum in everything and serve alcohol to eighteen year-olds, but beware that you WILL be pulled over if that safety belt isn’t fastened.
- Cherish every moment. Take in the sunset, go for a run. Smell the flowers or feed the birds. Take a million photos, but don’t forget to be in the moment.
- Avoid making spears and diving too deep in national park waters. You could be arrested or burst an eardrum.
- Sample the local smoothie joints. You will never taste a better smoothie or pina colada in your life.
- Begin planning a return trip immediately. A few days on St. John and you will not want to leave. Whether it is the local fruit, the slow paced life, the charm of a “Good morning/Good afternoon” instead of “Hi” or just the sheer fun of driving on the left hand side, you’ll be coming back.
tank – Forever 21 / pants – thrifted / belt – thrifted / bag – J. Crew via Plato’s Closet / sandals – Zara / earrings – Forever 21