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Jan 21, St. Martin

Fun fact:  St. Martin/Sint Maarten is one island but 2 nations.  It was split down the middle centuries ago with a French side and a Dutch side.  Today it is known as the gourmet capital of the world.  

Since St. Martin is only about 65 miles from St. Kitts, the captain took the scenic route to get there.  The tv screen showed that he'd gone east, North and then west to get to St. Martin.  

We arrived in port around 7:15. The Carnival Fascination was already docked.  I think that's an older ship, as it didn't have many balconies. It rained just before we arrived and looked like it might again.  It was in the 80s and finally cleared without rain. We walked into town and shopped our way down Front Street and the walked back along the beach.  It was a beautiful, but warm day. On the way back. Jim bought a couple of Coors Lights from a street vendor, for $1 each. After lunch, we did our reading, hot tubbing and walking again. The pool in the back was empty and closed.  Apparently they were sanding or sandblasting paint earlier. Then they were painting it. The poor workers were wearing dark coveralls and head/face masks and working in the hot sun. It is supposed to be open tomorrow. Later when walking around the boat, I spoke to a lady who suggested I try the waterslides.  Maybe tomorrow. I also tried out the outdoor fitness center. They have elliptical type machines, gliders, and weight machines where you sit and your body weight provides resistance. They weren't too bad. I also chatted with a man from New Hampshire. We had dinner with couples from South Carolina, Cleveland, and a couple from Oklahoma that we'd met at another dinner.  The show tonight was a mentalism, Schoener. It was entertaining to an extent... There was no comedy show tonight.

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