Blogs from the Oasis: Day 4 – St. Thomas

March 9, 2010 at 4:31 PM (Happenings, Musings) (, , , , , )

michael jackson thriller danceLesson #3: Those FlowRider-induced aches only get worse if you try to dance like Michael Jackson the next day.  The “Thriller” zombies are more lithe than your average fully functional human being.

A decent chunk of today was spent hobbling through St. Thomas avoiding abrasive salespeople.  Admittedly, they’ve been suffering from the harsh effects of the economy, but that didn’t make them any less irritating.  Mom and I didn’t really have a retail agenda, but if we did, we were certainly in the right place.  While the mainland may be rumoured to have streets paved with gold, those of St. Thomas were practically lined with it.  And diamonds.  And emeralds.  And rubies.  And tanzanite.  All free of sales tax, and priced to move.  If I had a dime for every jewelry store in St. Thomas, I might actually be able to buy one of my own.  Mother and daughter opted out of  bling in favour of some Belgian chocolate, Calvin Klein jeans and Clinique makeup – all for cheaper than we would have found in the Northeast.

It’s a quarter of 5.00 now, and while Oasis will remain in port for another hour, I’m happy to be lounging back on the pool deck (although the wind is picking up and it looks like rain clouds are moving in).  At a glance, paradise is nice, but the longer you stay, the more you find yourself thinking of home.

Tomorrow: St. Maarten.

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