Our first port of call - Frankfurt..and the obligatory Christmas market trip! We touched down at 5:15pm on the 23rd of December and went straight from the airport to the market. The sudden cold, a broken toe and the masses of people couldn't even dampen our spirits... after a pretzel wurst, pofferjes and Gluhwein, we wandered and took in all the sights and smells of our surroundings.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
As the engine in my car conked itself out once and for all last week, we decided to buy me a scooter. The idea of saving $50-$60 a WEEK on gas (petrol), not having to deal with vehicle registration (or associated costs) and of course the novelty of it seemed mighty appealing.
All is going well so far despite a little rain and wind and the fact that it is painfully slow...except on downhills and then its WWEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But here's something to ho ho ho about this Christmas...my experience Christmas shopping, grocery shopping and picking up packages from the post office...all in one trip. Lets just say I was quite the sight, especially considering that scooters are not even common here, let alone a blonde girl riding one with stuff hanging all over it :-)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Many of you may or may not know about a bad experience we had with a landlord a couple of years ago. This relatively small situation (in the grand scheme of legal cases) left us to truly question the effectiveness of the justice system here in the US Virgin Islands. And we are supposed to believe that our hard-earned money is going towards people and systems that are protecting us?!
It was time to speak out publicly, and if it was up to us we would've liked the names of our thieving ex-landlords published in the VI Daily News for the world to see.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Every year Cruzan Rum sponsors an event held at the St. George Botanical Gardens and this year I was asked to help decorate the "Cruzan Tree". Considering its been years since I've had my own big Christmas tree, and the fact that I love to decorate, of course I said yes!
With some help from my co-workers and the past 3 evenings spent tying bows around 50mL mini bottles of Cruzan Rum, our decorating team of 4 women hung up the 120 bottles of rum, keyrings, tinsel, bows and more.
The trees will be raffled off tomorrow night in a silent and live auction with money benefiting the Botanical Gardens.