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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Home again, home again, jiggity jig...

Well, we survived. Grand Cayman (the locals say Cay-MAN, not Cay-men, apparently) was pretty awesome, but it's always nice to be home where people speak real English, a gallon is actually a gallon, and Honey Nut Cheerios are NOT five dollars a box.

Some things I learned from Grand Cayman:

-Fire trucks only have blue lights. I know because I stood next to one at three FREAKING thirty in the morning while my hotel was on fire.

-$9.99 large pepperoni pizzas at Domino's are just as good in Grand Cayman as in the US, and are well worth an hour-long car ride...going 40 mph

-Prices are in US Dollars. Or Cayman Islands Dollars. Who knows until you pay?

-Just because something is advertised as, say, a pirate cave, does not mean you will get to see an actual pirate cave. You may end up visiting a petting zoo for rescued animals.

-The speed limit of 35 kph means everyone else on the island will drive either 65 kph or 15 kph.

-Even if you pay for something is US Dollars does not mean you will receive US Dollars in return.

-When you go to a pool bar and the drinks don't have prices next to them, assume you will pay upwards of $10 per drink. Correction: per unit of diluted juice, limited alcohol, and a lot of ice.

-A 15% gratuity is included in everything, even though the waiter/bartender does not deserve it. (See mention of diluted drinks.)

-When the customs official says "Welcome to the islands" he actually means "I hate my job. I hate my life. And I'm going to take it out on you and scare you so bad you won't ever think of lying to me when I ask you if you have alcohol or tobacco."

-Stingrays can give you hickeys. Enough said.


  1. I want to hear more about the stingray! Hickeys? I bet they are giant ones too....

    Your hotel was on fire?!?!?!

    (miss you!)

  2. so, I think you have some explaning to do. Fires, hickies?!