Cheat Days and Zip-Lining

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It was just another day at the office today. Except that my office is a boat and the boat was at St Kitts.

The day started with a massive crew brunch. It was a special occasion because it’s the ship’s last cruise. It’s was actually kind of weird tasting food that was tasty. Even the bread was tasty. I ate until it physically hurt to eat. And then I tried to eat a bit more. Today’s definitely going to be a cheat day.

After brunch, a bunch of us decided to go zip-lining because that sounded more interesting than walking around downtown St Kitts on a Sunday afternoon. Downtown St Kitts is rough enough on weekdays. But on weekends, it looks abandoned and rough. Also it smells like sewer water.

A van took us all the way to a rainforest to do the safari zip-lining. I’m not sure why the word “safari” was added but it did make it sound much more exciting that it was. It might have something to do with monkeys. St Kitts is known to be the home to thousands of monkeys.

Anyway, I’d previously gone zip-lining in Ketchikan so I knew what to expect. The difference between going zip-lining in Alaska and doing it in the St Kitts, is that over here everything moves at Caribbean speed. Caribbean speed is approximately one-eighth of big city speed. People here call it limeing or to relax. Sure, I love to relax too. But if you’re late back to the boat because you’ve been out zip-lining, it’s hard to relax. The thing about ships is they can’t really wait for you, so if they leave, you’d need to fly to the next port and you’d probably be fired. Thinking about this was probably a bigger adrenaline rush than actually zip-lining, so it was like a double whammy of excitement. Wow.

The zip-lining adventure was definitely fun. But compared to say, bungee jumping, this was as scary as eating a peanut butter sandwich in the dark. You know what to expect and you know you will enjoy it, but in the back of your mind you still think “what if it’s NOT peanut butter?”.

[cruisesurfer's log sea-date: 103:10:2 | 4:48]
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In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.



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