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Thursday, February 03, 2005
It's been a while since my last post.

As predicted, Tuesday was a very lazy day on the ship. We received an unexpected bottle of champagne from Carnival. We had complained Monday night of a smell in our room - it smelled like gas or acetone. Turns out that they were doing some painting and some of the fumes got sucked up by the A/C. It was gone by Tuesday morning, but the champaigne was a welcome surprise.

Yesterday was Jamaica. That place is pretty much a shit-hole. It is dirty and doesn't appear to be safe to travel in any way. The people are so aggressive and will hassle you to sell you anything. Some of them were beating on the windows of the bus trying to sell us things.

Our guide also thought it would be good to explain to us why Jamaica was better than the U.S.A. and how their city had tap water available before New York City. At the end of the excursion, she proceeded to ask us to remember Jamaica and to come visit with our friends. No thanks. I hope the cruise boats don't stop there in the future. Nobody likes getting hassled everywhere they go.

Today was Grand Cayman. Wow. What a difference. We did not get hassled one time. Not once. People were nice. And even though there was still extensive damage from the hurricane, things were generally clean.

We hung out on 7-mile beach for a while and then went to an Irish pub. It is called Fidel Murphy's, and it is owned by the brother-in-law of a guy that I work with. It was very impressive. Christian and I both had a glass of cider and an appetizer and then headed back to the ship.

Tomorrow is scuba diving in Cozumel. Christian and I are both very excited!

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